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June 29, 2018
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Independence Day, hydration

With Independence Day falling in the middle of next week many residents will be away enjoying the holiday, so I will take a break from the column next week and resume on July 9. In the meantime, I wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day celebration. With the extreme heat and humidity expected in the coming days please stay hydrated, find some shade and water, and please take a moment to check on your elderly neighbors. I hope to see you at the Town’s Independence Day celebration this Saturday, June 30!


June 29, 2018
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain:Penfield Jewelry and Coin Exchange

On June 28, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrested the owner of Penfield Jewelry and Coin Exchange (on Penfield Road in the Four Corners) for allegedly buying and selling a rifle without conducting a background check and following other required procedures. 

At this time, the Town of Penfield is gathering information on this matter from law enforcement as it becomes available. As the investigation unfolds, the Town will support the MCSO in the investigation as requested. We are also working with Town attorneys and code enforcement personnel to evaluate the continued business permit status of Penfield Jewelry and Coin Exchange.

I will share information on the Town’s response to this matter as it becomes available. 


June 26, 2018
Supervisor's column June 26, 2018

As I mentioned previously in my column, the 2019 Town Budget process is underway. Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo and I will be meeting with department heads throughout the summer to review plans and budget proposals for 2019. In keeping with our commitment to fiscal discipline, as we develop the 2019 Budget will we continue our tradition of preparing a five-year outlook with particular attention to debt management.

What’s new this budget cycle is the Town’s recent acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Course. The Town did not own the 212-acre property during the 2018 budget process and therefore did not include a line item for maintenance and operations. For the remainder of 2018 we will “fit in” maintenance between planned projects and track costs to establish a baseline for first-time inclusion in the 2019 Town Budget. 

Because of the Town’s strong financial history, high credit rating, and discipline of managing a five-year budget outlook, we are in a good position to take on the debt for the authorized bonding of $3.39M to purchase Shadow Pines. In fact, even with this additional obligation, according to “Open Book New York,” the Town of Penfield’s debt burden is lower than other comparable towns in New York State. This speaks well of our budget process, structured debt management, and consistent attention to financial matters by Town staff and the Town Board.

As we develop the proposed budget this summer, I will use this column to share priorities and issues shaping Town operations for 2019.

Last week I had the honor of visiting Atria Senior Living to enjoy time with Mary Cappadonia, an amazing lady who was celebrating her 100th birthday. Over the years I have gotten to know Mary through our senior programs at the community center; she is an inspiration to all and lights up the room when she enters. Mary, thank you for your energy and love of life. You have touched so many lives in so many ways you will never know…God bless and best wishes!

Congratulations to the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton, Penfield Rotary, and Town of Penfield employees for another successful charity golf tournament. The 2018 tournament was dedicated to the late Fr. Frederick W. Bush from the Holy Spirit parish at the corner of Plank and Hatch Roads. All of the funds raised will be donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Penfield HS Scholarship, Shepherd Home, the food shelves in Penfield, Perinton & East Rochester, and several other local beneficiaries.

The 2018 Penfield Amphitheater Summer Concert Series begins July 10 with “Keys to the Caddy” opening the Tuesday Upstage series. This 12-piece band plays classic rock, rhythm and blues, pop, country, jazz…anything but opera! This concert will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. 

On July 12, “Mr. Loops” will open Thursday Kids Fest. Mr. Loops will be playing a collection of kids’ rock songs that keep everyone hopping. This concert runs from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. I hope to see you at one of our many programs this season that runs through August 4.

Last reminder! The 2018 Independence Day celebration in Penfield will be this Saturday with the parade beginning at 10:00 AM. Later on, join the activities at Harris Whalen Park for music, food and fun from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. This year’s featured bands are Black Rabbit and Dog House. The always amazing fireworks begin at 10:00 PM to round out the day. The weather looks like it will be nice and hot! 

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony 

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 18, 2018
Supervisor's column June 18, 2018

Several weeks ago I shared with you that a project is underway at our Department of Public Works Complex at 1607 Jackson Road. Diseased and dying trees were removed, and the red barn—which had surpassed its useful purpose—was demolished to make way for a new and more efficient structure. The site is prepared, the contract has been awarded, and construction should begin over the next two to four weeks. As you may recall, Senator Rich Funke secured a New York State grant on behalf of Penfield so that we could undertake this project. 

Additionally, later this month you will see activity on our long-awaited solar photovoltaic farm to the south of the DPW facility. After years of planning, the project has recently cleared RG&E’s procedures and we are ready to begin installation. 

The project is being managed by Larsen Engineers for funding through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun solar PV incentive program for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems. 

The Penfield Town Board, Energy and Environmental Energy Advisory Committee (EEAC), and staff have been working with Larsen Engineering to explore the concept and then design, fund, and implement the solar array. 

Like many municipal solar installations, this solar array will be financed through a solar power purchase agreement (PPA)—an agreement in which a developer is responsible for the design, permitting, financing and installation of a solar energy system on a customer’s property. 

Cleanup, layout, and grading are nearly complete, and beginning around June 25 you will see installation of a perimeter fence around the solar array area. Following that, crews will install racks, panels, and wiring. RG&E will install five poles on the property to connect to transformers. We expect connection to the utility grid, commissioning, and testing in the early fall.

Once online, the system is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, enough to offset approximately 75 percent of the Town of Penfield’s electrical usage at our three major facilities: the town hall, community center, and DPW campus. This is the equivalent of powering 120 households for a year. 

This project will provide power for the Town of Penfield at a fixed rate for the next 20 years. I will continue to provide project updates in my weekly column and a forthcoming project page, both available at www.penfield.org.

Mark your calendars for the annual Independence Day celebration in Penfield to be held on Saturday, June 30. The parade starts at 10:00 AM; the route begins at Penfield high school, proceeds through the Four Corners, and ends at the community center on Baird Road. We are once again honored to have Mr. Don Alhart as the Parade Emcee, and this year’s Parade Marshal is retired Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn.

Later in the day, music, food, and fun will run from 5:00 to 10:30 PM at Harris Whalen Park with music by Black Rabbit and Dog House. Food trucks will be on hand to provide a variety of food and snacks, and the always popular fireworks will begin at 10:00 PM. I hope to see you all there!

On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to recognize all the Penfield students who will be moving from elementary to junior high, from junior high to high school, and also graduating seniors who are off to college or on to explore the next chapter of their lives. Congratulations and best wishes to all!

Until next week enjoy the summer weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 11, 2018
Supervisor's column June 11, 2018

MUSIC TONIGHT!…One last reminder, the Penfield Pops Band will be playing at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage tonight at 7:00 PM. The weather will be perfect and this talented group of musicians provides wonderful entertainment!

Last week, I had the honor of attending an open house for one of Penfield’s newest small businesses, Radiant Sun Acupuncture, located at 1742 Penfield. Owner/operator Julie Grogan and her family welcomed several dozen clients, friends, and community members as they cut the ribbon for her new location. Services provided at Radiant Sun Acupuncture include acupuncture, electroacupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua Sha, Qi Gong, and Tui Na. We are delighted that Julie chose Penfield for her business!

A reminder on behalf of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf…As we get closer to the end of the school year and summer vacations get underway, please remember to support the PEFS. The families they serve have year-round needs, and donations tend to drop off during busy summer months. Also this year, PEFS has a program called “Summer Food for Kids.” Consider visiting the PEFS website at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org to review their current needs and wish list. A special thank you goes to the many generous donors and volunteers who make the PEFS operation possible…your efforts do make a difference!

Over the last several weeks I have had a number of residents ask where they can find Penfield TV, as they no longer see programming on channel 12 and 15. Spectrum Cable wanted those channels for themselves, and as we all know, it’s about the exposure and the money. Therefore, Penfield TV has been moved to channels 1301 and 1303. Additionally, we provide a high definition web stream at www.penfieldtv.org and through ROKU. Board meetings and other local programs are made available on-demand through YouTube, Vimeo and ROKU under the channel “Penfield Television.” If you have any questions, please email pctv@penfield.org or call the department at 340-8661.

Mark your calendars for the Penfield Library’s 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Game that begins Monday, June 25 and runs through Wednesday, August 1. For complete Reading Game and summer program information, please contact the library at 340-8720 x4016 or visit www.penfieldlibrary.org

Looking for some gardening tips? Consider spending time “Gardening with Broccolo Garden Center” at 2755 Penfield Road. This is a new program series with many different offerings including Made in the Shade, Habitat Plants from Around the World, Houdini Hydrangea Blooms, Butterfly Friendly Garden, the Four Season Garden and Natural Solutions for Deterring Deer, Stink Bugs and More! Go to www.penfieldrec.org to see all the details for each of these programs and to sign up for one or more of these wonderful programs. 

If you spend time at Greenwood Park for lacrosse, tennis, or the new playground, you will see our DPW crews expanding the parking lot to better serve you. This park has become very popular and parking has always been at a premium. This work should take a few weeks; thank you in advance for your patience!

Until next week, enjoy this wonderful weather we are having! Spend time outside and consider enjoying one of our many parks in Penfield! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 4, 2018
Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Shadow Pines cleanup update

DPW crews continue to remove dead, diseased, and downed trees from the perimeter of the property along Whalen and Clark Roads. Once this task is finished we will continue addressing hazardous trees in the interior of the property.

A dumpster is on site as we clear trash and brush from the Clark House and adjacent buildings. Plantings are being spruced up, stumps being ground out and regular mowing of the Clark House grounds is underway. Weather permitting, we will also attend to roadside mowing along Atlantic Ave. in the coming week.

DPW is weaving Shadow Pines projects into their traditional seasonal work and will be on-site as weather and schedules permit.

As I have stated before, during this cleanup period the public is not allowed on any portion of the property–signs stating this have been placed on the property. We will get the word out when tree maintenance is complete and it is safe to enjoy designated portions of the property. Our focus is on preparing the former front nine for public use.

Safety is our priority. Thank you for your patience as we perform this necessary work.


June 4, 2018
Supervisor's column June 4, 2018

Supervisor’s column June 4 2018

MAKE SOMEONE WHOLE AGAIN…without A, B, and O, we can't save anybody. You are the #MissingType we need. The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive at Penfield Community Center on Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 to 7:00 PM. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please call 1-800-Red-Cross, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword: penfieldcommunitycenter. Your donation does make a difference…thank you in advance for supporting this very important event!

Last week, our Director of Public Works and I attended an open house meeting with the NYS Department of Transportation regarding the planned maintenance paving project of Routes 941B and 404 (Empire Blvd.) from Helendale Road in Irondequoit to Gravel Road in Webster, including all of Penfield. This project, proposed for 2019, will consist of the following work: a two-inch deep milling and paving operation; a change to the pavement markings from Plank Road to the Bay/Creek Street intersection with a left-turn lane for westbound traffic turning onto Plank Road and a center two-way left turn lane; an extended center two-way left turn lane from Kirkland Drive toward Gravel Road; adjustments to existing manholes and drainage structures; replacement of ground-mounted signs; sidewalk ramp rehabilitation as needed to meet ADA standards; and pedestrian signal upgrades. 

The schedule of work for this project is as follows: completion of design work – July 2018; bid opening – October 2018; start of construction – spring of 2019; and substantial construction completion – fall of 2019. The current estimated construction cost is $3.4 million. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Farrelly, Project Design Engineer, at (585) 371-9242 or by email at Daniel.farrelly@dot.ny.gov.  As the NYSDOT gets closer to the actual start of construction, we will add additional general information to our website for Penfield residents. 

Speaking of roadwork, Monroe County DOT will begin a preventive maintenance project in Penfield commencing today, Monday, June 4, on Creek Street running from Browncroft Blvd. to Plank Road. The project involves milling and resurfacing this portion of Creek Street. The project will continue through the remainder of June. 

It was a bit warm Friday night for the music and food truck rodeo at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage, but the music was hotter! Food trucks were lined up and served a variety of great food and drink. A special thank you goes to all the Penfield School performing groups—this event is a wonderful way to kick-off our summer concert series. 

Mark your calendars for all of this year’s programs at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage: Tuesdays Upstage, Thursdays Kids Fest, Saturdays on Stage, the Penfield Pops Band, and Tastin’ the Blues. For more details on performances please check out page 8 of the Summer 2018 PenRec brochure or log on to www.penfieldrec.org

I would like to recognize Barbara Quinn, Coordinator of Dayton’s Corners School/Museum, and her team, for the wonderful annual pie social that was held yesterday, June 3. While the afternoon turned wet, it did not dampen the spirit of the more than 75 people who showed up for a tour, to visit with teachers, and of course, to enjoy lemonade and a piece of pie from Bakers Street Bakery. This school-museum is a wonderful asset in our community and is enjoyed by more than twelve hundred fourth graders each school year…great job ladies! 

I would like to close this week’s column by recognizing a wonderful man that I have had the honor of getting to know over the years—the Reverend James A. Schwartz, pastor of St Joseph’s Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Jim was ordained on June 1, 1968, and celebrated 50 years of Priestly Ministry this past weekend at St. Joseph’s and will do so next week at Holy Spirit. Congratulations Fr. Jim and thank you for your service to our community, you have touched many lives with love and friendship during your 50 years!

Until next week, consider performing a random act of kindness for a friend or neighbor, it is amazing how good that can make you both feel!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  




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