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September 30, 2019
Supervisor’s column September 30, 2019

More than 1,000 people attended a food truck rodeo to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital last Friday night at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage. The event, inspired by Mason Mitchell and Christie Simonetti, provided music, food, and fellowship. The kids enjoyed the bounce house and face painting and adults were hoping to win one of the many cash raffles throughout the evening. “The Miracle Campaign” was sponsored by the Despina Mitchell and Dave Simonetti families. This event is what community is all about—people and families helping people and families!

With October upon us, I would like to note a number of upcoming programs for children at the Penfield Public Library that take us through the end of the year including Lego Lab, Penfield Fire Company, National Pizza Month Celebration, Spooky Halloween Snacks, the Nutcracker Storytime, Tales for Tails, the Gingerbread House Workshop, New Year’s Eve Family Game Day, and much more. Check out page 43 in the fall 2019 Pen-Rec brochure or go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

Last week, the storm water pipes along Whalen Road at Shadow Pines were extended by the County of Monroe. We are now able to complete the fill project we started a number of weeks ago that will eliminate the large drop-off around the bend in the road. The filled area will be graded and seeded.

I am reminded each month of the great work that Crime Stoppers does to “blow the whistle” on crime across the county. As a board member for more than 12 years, I have witnessed Crime Stoppers assist law enforcement at all levels through tips of valuable information that helps get the “bad guys” off the streets. Crime doesn’t pay, but we do! Visit www.roccrimestoppers.com to see all of the programs offered in support of the Rochester-Monroe County area. Crime Stoppers actively supports the K-9 initiative for many law enforcement agencies. Also, Crime Stoppers offers a $1,000 First Responders Scholarship at Monroe Community College. If you have a son, daughter, or grandchild who wishes to become a first responder, consider applying at www.monroecc.edu.

The always popular Red Cross Babysitting class for ages 11-15 will be held on Monday, October 14 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. This course is designed to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Through hands-on practice, each successful candidate will receive certification as an American Red Cross babysitter. If you have any questions, please contact Red Cross Instructor Domenic Danesi at 281-4208. The fee is $80.00 and the registration # 416610-A. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Reserve your spot for the next day trip featuring the fall foliage on Wednesday, October 16. Depart the Penfield Community Center at 9:30 AM and return by 4:30 PM. The fee is $20.00, registration # 449449-02.

Daytime at Recreation (DEAR)’s “The Witching Hour” will be held on Friday, October 25 at the Dolomite Lodge—witch attire is encouraged! Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, enchanted beverages, Tarot Card readings, spirit card table, “Herstory of Witches” lecture and more. This event runs from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. The cost is $25 with advance registration or $30 at the door. For more information, please go to www.penfieldrec.org.

URGENT need…Hero drivers are needed for Bri-Pen Senior Rides. Please call 340-8674 if you are able to volunteer some time to support this wonderful service!

Two reminders for this coming Saturday, October 5:

Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation will host their annual Penfield Community Bike Drop-off from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center on Baird Road. They will be collecting all types of bikes for R Community Bikes, Inc.  Receipts will be provided documenting all donations. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this amazing organization, please visit www.rcommunitybikes.net.   

Also on Saturday, Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org    

 

 


September 24, 2019
Supervisor’s column September 24, 2019

Final shout-out…there will be a public information meeting TUESDAY NIGHT, September 24, on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at the town hall starting at 7:00 PM. All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. Those who wish to present their ideas and concerns are encouraged to limit their comments to five minutes in consideration of all who wish to speak. The meeting will be broadcast live: Streaming at www.penfield.org and on Facebook (search “Town of Penfield”); Penfield Community Government TV on Spectrum Cable Channel 1303; and Roku TV with free Penfield TV app (search Penfield TV). You may also learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage: http://www.penfield.org/2020_comp_plan.php.

The next guided hike by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Lucien Morin Park. The hike through this Monroe County Park will be primarily through the heavily wooded area along Irondequoit Creek. It will traverse the slopes and ravines as well as some of the creek banks. Away from the creek you will see elements of the Old Rifle Range, the location of the clubhouse, the restored gazebo, and the shooting pits. This diversified hike will also have overlooks of Irondequoit Creek, wetlands, and meadows. You will stop at the narrows and observe and learn about the low-flow barrier. Meet at Empire Blvd. at the south end of Irondequoit Bay. There is a Monroe County Park sign and driveway entrance just east of MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room. Please park in the graveled area and look for the hike signs.

Last week I had the honor and privilege of presenting Certificates of Appreciation to Marvin Bielicki and Hugh Franklin of the Penfield Volunteer Emergency for 50 years of service to the Penfield community. Since 1969, both these amazing individuals have spent countless hours training, responding to emergencies, and serving our great town in whatever emergencies came their way. Hugh and Marv, thank you for your service, it does not go unrecognized by our residents; you are benchmarks of outstanding service in the EMS community across this county!

Veterans Memorial Park at the Town Hall “rocked” this past Sunday as Mary Cariola held its 11th Annual Walking on Sunshine event to help raise critical funds for the children and young adults with complex disabilities who attend Mary Cariola Children’s Center. We have been honored to host the family-friendly walk, food, activities, raffle, and entertainment for the past several years at Veterans Memorial Park. More than 1,100 people participated in this wonderful event that is the biggest annual fundraiser to support the Mary Cariola organization. For more information about Walking on Sunshine and future programs please go to www.marycariola.org. Thank you for all you do in this county and region to support our youngest residents…Mary Cariola “rocks”!

The Miracle Campaign, inspired by Mason Mitchell & Christie Simonetti, will be hosting a food truck rodeo to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong this Friday, September 27 from 4:00 to 9:00PM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage at the Veterans Memorial Park behind the town hall. Participating food trucks include Bay Vista Taqueria, Abbott’s, Chef’s Catering, The Meatball Truck, Waffles R Wild, and Marty’s Meats. There will be live music by John Akers Coupe de Ville, bounce houses, and face painting for the kids! Like them on Facebook, The Miracle Campaign or contact Despina Mitchell at despina@eastsidemft.com or Dave Simonetti at dsimonetti@gmail.com

I close this week’s column with a shout-out to the town’s employee wellness team members who were recognized last week with the MVP Certificate of Achievement 2019 Workplace Platinum Well-Being Award for demonstrating a true commitment to the well-being of our employees and the success of the organization. I would like to recognize Andy Urckfitz and Laura Sliker for being co-chairs of our Wellness Committee and all the members of the committee for helping with plans, programs, and ideas for inspiring wellness for all Penfield’s employees and their families. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire Penfield community, thank you for your efforts and congratulations on helping Penfield receive this honor!

Until next week…summer is over and fall has moved in. Please visit our farm markets throughout town to enjoy all they have to offer this time of year. We are fortunate they provide such a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to help all our families bring fresh, seasonal produce into our homes!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


September 23, 2019
Annual Community Bike Drop October 5

Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation will sponsor the 9th annual Community Bike Drop on Saturday, October 5 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Keep those old or unwanted bikes out of our landfills by donating them to a good cause. All bicycles collected will be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. for repair and redistribution to needy children and adults in the Rochester area. All types of bikes are needed, including children's tricycles, toddler plastic bikes and bike parts. Receipts will be available.

"We are looking forward to another successful year of collecting used bikes, bike parts, and accessories," said Chris Bilow, Director of Penfield Recreation. "To date we have collected nearly 1,500 bikes from the Penfield community to give to R Community Bikes."

R Community Bikes, Inc. is a grassroots 501c3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester's most needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work and training sessions, as well as for recreation.

For additional information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email Linda Kohl, Penfield Rotary at lkohl58@aol.com.


September 19, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: 2020 Tentative Budget presented to town board

The 2020 Tentative Budget was presented at last night’s meeting of the Penfield Town Board. The proposed budget shows no tax increase for 2020. The presentation and budget is available online at this link or from the Quick Links menu at www.penfield.org.


September 19, 2019
Passport Night in Penfield Oct 3

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, October 3, 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through a partnership of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however, registration is not required.

“I am again pleased that we are able to bring this service to Penfield to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here at the town hall,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.”

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $35 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello. "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/health-vitalrecords.php. Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance.  Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

Passport processing typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians. One parent or guardian may appear, if and only if the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, “Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16” along with a copy of the absent parent or guardian’s driver license. If a parent has sole custody of a minor child, a certified copy of the custody report may be used.


September 16, 2019
Supervisor’ column September 16, 2019

This past weekend we closed out the 2019 amphitheater music and event season. Every event went on as scheduled and no shows were cancelled due to weather—what a great run! I would like to thank all the musical groups that helped make this one of our best seasons yet. I would also like to recognize and thank our Recreation Department for putting together the variety of programs for the whole family. Lastly, we could not put on events of this caliber without this year’s sponsors and partners: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club, Wegmans, The Woodlands – Fairport Baptist Homes, and Synergy IT Solutions. Thank you for your commitment to the Penfield Community, you make a difference each and every day to all our residents and visitors.

Upcoming events and reminders:

I recently learned that the Shepherd Home is holding a mum sale beginning Sunday, September 15 and running through October 31. Just stop in at Bauman's Farm Market to purchase your mum and tell them it's for the Shepherd Home when you check out. Mums are $10. For every mum sold, the Shepherd Home will receive $5 to continue their beautiful mission of providing comfort and compassionate care to members of our community with a terminal illness in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The Town Comptroller and I will present the 2020 Town Budget to the town board and community on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM. The full budget will be up on the website that evening at 7:00 PM for everyone to review. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM so residents may address the board on any aspect of the 2020 budget. 

The Penfield community is invited to the “Fall Dinner” of the East Penfield Homeowners Association on Sunday, September 22 at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road. The event starts at 4:00 PM with dinner at 5:00 PM hosted by the Rothfuss family. The association will provide meat, rolls, beverages, plates, silverware, and napkins. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. To reserve your spot, please email Dave Woodward at d.woodward@rochester.rr.com or call 872-2759. Please also bring a donation for the Penfield Food Shelf.

There will be a Public Information Meeting regarding the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Town staff will provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, explain the update process, present the work of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee to date, and solicit residents’ thoughts and ideas for future planning goals. Committee members will be in attendance to listen to and note residents’ input for discussion at future meetings. All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. A public input page is available at www.penfield.org for residents who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to offer input. The page is scheduled to be live through Friday, October 11 via the quick links menu. Comments will also be accepted via email to planning@penfield.org, or by USPS mail to: Town of Penfield, Planning Department, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. There will be additional opportunities for public input at future public hearing meetings. Learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage: http://www.penfield.org/2020_comp_plan.php.

Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event. 

The third annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 AM at the Penfield High School track. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. Please register at https://runsignup.com/race/penfieldeducationfoundation5k/page/

Important dates and events in history: September 17, 1787 – The Constitution of the United States is adopted and signed in Philadelphia; September 18, 1850 – The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by congress, requiring the return of escaped slaves; and on September 20, 1814 – The “star-Spangled Banner” becomes the official national Anthem.

Until next week, I hope you participated in our town employees’ five-week hydration challenge and saw what a difference drinking more water does for your day to day activities. Our employees have a few more activities planned in the coming months to encourage healthy living. I will share those programs as they begin and invite you to join in…be well and be safe! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


September 11, 2019
Oct 5 is "Fall Recycling Day" for residents and a bike collection for R Community Bikes

The Town of Penfield will host two recycling themed events on Saturday, October 5: Fall Recycling Day for town residents and a general bike collection for R Community Bikes.

Penfield residents may participate in a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 5, from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Department of Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS collection at this event.

“Residents regularly speak to me about the importance of having a secure way to dispose of sensitive and confidential paper documents, and some homeowners request seasonal weekend access to the DPW to drop off brush and limbs,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Fall Recycling Day provides these services and has gained popularity over the years as residents look to clean up and dispose of sensitive papers, get rid of metals and appliances that should never go into a landfill, and clear property of brush and limbs before winter. All of us must act to reduce landfill waste; reuse through donations of clothing, furniture and building materials; and recycle when it is the only option.”

Fall Recycling Day is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate. Please direct questions to the Department Public Works, (585) 340-8710, Monday–Friday from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Event Resources:

Also on October 5, the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary are hosting a bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. R Community Bikes (RCB) is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution free of charge to the Rochester area’s most needy children and adults. RCB gives away more than 2,000 bicycles every year and makes thousands of repairs for their clients, many of whom depend on bicycles as their main source of transportation. All donations of bikes, bike parts, and tools are welcome. Learn more at www.rcommunitybikes.org/

Additional resources:

To dispose of items NOT collected at this event, county residents have access to Monroe County’s year-round Ecopark facility located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. Ecopark is a joint effort between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle many items including hard Styrofoam packing material (not foam trays used for meat or produce), TVs/electronics (fee-based), cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, clothing, sharps and syringes, and more. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For current information on recycling opportunities, operating hours, schedules, and fee-based items go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

To dispose of televisions and electronics look for sponsored electronic collection events at providers like www.sunnking.com or contact retailers that sell those products. Do not leave on curb, New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.


September 11, 2019
DEC Announces Annual Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contests

State Accepting Poster Submissions from New York Fifth Graders through Dec. 20

State Accepting Artwork Submissions through Dec. 31

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the start of DEC's annual State Arbor Day poster contests. Each year, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry program offers two artwork contests for New Yorkers-one for all members of the public, and one specifically for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the immeasurable value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers' lives.

"Trees provide so many benefits, from energy reduction and carbon sequestration, to wildlife habitat and opportunities for recreation across the state," Commissioner Seggos said. "I encourage all New Yorkers to join our celebration of trees with these contests and submit art or photos that depict the beauty and importance of New York's trees."

Contest winners will have their artwork replicated as either the 2020 New York State 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster or the 2020 New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster. The winning artists will be announced and honored at the annual Arbor Day celebration, held in Albany in April. Last year, New York printed more than 200,000 Arbor Day posters for distribution at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the State.

5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest

The annual 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest is sponsored by DEC, the Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM), and the New York State Education Department. Students are asked to create an original poster depicting this year's contest theme, "Trees Feed New York."

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "New York State is home to nearly 19 million acres of forested land, and trees enhance our quality of life in countless ways-from the sap we use to make maple syrup, to the scenic beauty New Yorkers enjoy while traveling, hiking, gardening, or farming. The Arbor Day poster contest is a great way to celebrate our forests and trees and remind New Yorkers how much this natural resource contributes to our daily lives."

Lesson plans, vocabulary, and activities for incorporating the theme in New York's classrooms are available on the poster contest website. The contest is open to all students enrolled in fifth grade. DEC encourages schools to submit classes together. Homeschool students are also welcome to submit artwork. Posters must be submitted to the participant's local DEC regional office by Dec. 20, 2019, to allow time for judging and printing artwork.

Promote Arbor Day with Your Artwork

The New York State Arbor Day Committee includes DEC, the Empire State Forest Foundation, New York State Arborist Association, DAM, and the International Paper Company.

DEC will accept photograph and artwork submissions for the New York State Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster on behalf of the committee through Dec. 31, 2019. Original entries must feature trees within New York State and should be sent to arborday@dec.ny.gov. Participants must include their name, address, and where the photo was taken with submissions. Model consent forms are required for people in submitted photos. For more information about the contest, visit DEC's website or email arborday@dec.ny.gov.

To obtain past New York State Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html


September 11, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: September 11th Remembrance

Today marks the eighteenth anniversary of September 11th when this country was brutally attacked; many lives were lost, and many families were impacted. I would ask all of our residents to take a moment to reflect on this terrible event in our history and remember all of those individuals who lost their lives. We will not falter. We will not fear. We will not fail. We will not forget!  


September 9, 2019
Public Info Meeting Sep 24 re 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update

The Town of Penfield will host a Public Information Meeting regarding its 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Town staff will provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, explain the update process, present the work of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee to date, and solicit residents’ thoughts and ideas for future planning goals. Committee members will be in attendance to listen to and note residents’ input for discussion at future meetings.

The Town of Penfield updates its Comprehensive Plan about every 10 years. The plan functions as the legal foundation for all land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years. 

The update process is undertaken by the town board, town staff, and a committee of resident volunteers. Assistance and input from experts and consultants is provided as needed for topics such as traffic, drainage, sanitary sewers, planning, and other infrastructure and environmental matters. The committee began its work on September 11, 2018. Since then, the committee has participated in several education meetings with town staff to review the content, goals, and accomplishments of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The committee also met with local farmers to understand how recent changes to NYS Agriculture and Markets have allowed farming to evolve, and with Matt Ingalls, of Ingalls Planning & Design, to discuss the critical changes in demographics, housing preferences, and retail trends in rural-suburban settings. Also, in the spring of 2019, the committee went on a site tour of the town to review various properties of interest. The committee is eager to hear the thoughts and recommendation of their fellow residents about topics pertaining to the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Topics for review and updating include—but are not limited to—residential, recreation, and commercial land use; the status of a new Mixed-Use District; infrastructure; multimodal and pedestrian connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for older adults; medical services; schools, rezoning opportunities; and the potential for new zoning districts.

“We have a very dedicated and involved Comprehensive Plan Update Committee made up of resident volunteers. It is important to have a public information meeting open to all residents to solicit their input and feedback,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Community participation is the key to all successfully adopted plans. This Comprehensive Plan Update will be used as a roadmap for the next 10+ years as Penfield continues to grow and it will affect the overall quality of life for residents and their families for generations to come.”

All Penfield residents, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend. Those who wish to present their ideas and concerns are encouraged to limit their comments to five minutes in consideration of all who wish to speak.

A public input page will be available at www.penfield.org for residents who are unable to attend the meeting but wish to offer input. The page is scheduled to be live before and after the public information meeting from Tuesday, September 10 through Friday, October 11 via the quick links menu. Comments will also be accepted via email to planning@penfield.org, or by USPS mail to: Town of Penfield, Planning Department, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. There will be additional opportunities for public input at future public hearing meetings.

The committee will reconvene on October 1 and October 15 to begin reviewing public comments from the above sources.

Learn more about this project at the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage: http://www.penfield.org/2020_comp_plan.php

The public information meeting will be broadcast LIVE: 

Streaming at www.penfield.org and on Facebook (search “Town of Penfield”)

Penfield Government Access TV on Spectrum Cable Channel 1303

Roku TV with the free Penfield TV app (search Penfield TV)


September 9, 2019
Supervisor's column September 9, 2019

I am delighted to report that through ongoing discussions with the Penfield Central School District and Penfield Recreation, the Shadow Pines Property will be the site of a few cross-country track meets for Penfield High School and other Section 5 teams. The course will be run on the north side of the property (former front nine) and use many of the existing trails. A few additional trail connections were recently made to accommodate the required distance for the events and the starting area was widened to accommodate the racers as they begin the course. The first race will be on September 17 and the final meet will take place in mid-October. Good luck to all the athletes competing this cross-country season!

This past Sunday, I had the honor of representing the families in Penfield supported by the West Webster Fire District and West Webster Volunteer Firemen’s Association at the dedication of the new Station 1 headquarters located on Gravel Road. Monroe County is a benchmark in emergency services (Fire, EMS and Police) across the country because of our dedicated men and women, training programs, equipment, and facilities. I would like to recognize and thank West Webster Fire District for their service to our community and to congratulate them on their new headquarters; this facility will serve the district for generations to come.

The next few adult van trips with the “out to lunch bunch” will take place on Friday, September 27 with a trip to D & R Depot. This homey eatery in a former train depot serves traditional American fare. On Friday, October 18 the group will be traveling to Tillman’s Village Historic Inn & Restaurant. This historic establishment dates back to 1824 and guests can view the marvelous artifacts of centuries past throughout the restaurant. With both trips, the vans leave the community center at 11:00 AM and return by 3:00 PM; the fee is $10 for each event and lunch is on your own.

The third annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 AM at the Penfield High School track. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. A children’s “fun run,” which will not be officially timed, will follow the running of the 5K. The first 250 registrants will receive a Nalgene water bottle and those registering by September 25 will receive a race T-shirt. Please register at https://runsignup.com/race/penfieldeducationfoundation5k/page/.

Save the date for the annual Family Halloween Fun event on Friday, October 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM that will include games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts and more! Please note a special thank you to Woody Acres and the Rothfuss family farmers for their generous contributions to this event.

Reminder…the next scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will take place this coming Saturday, September 14 at Philbrick Park, located off Route 441, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Hike through the park on Irondequoit Creek and learn a bit about Daniel Penfield and his settling of our great community. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs.

One last shout-out for the FREE electronics recycling event this Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Xerox in Webster. This event is sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Johns. Take Phillips Road to Caracus Drive. Please note there is a limit of TWO CRT (tube) monitors, or televisions per vehicle.

The 43rd annual used book sale supporting the Penfield Library starts this Tuesday, September 10, and runs through Saturday, September 14 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Go to www.penfieldlibrary.org for all the details.

Also on Saturday, September 14 is Tastin’ the Blues in Veterans Memorial Park behind the town hall from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Enjoy food, music, a chili cook-off, beer sampling, and much more. I hope to see you there! 

Until next week, this is the last week of the five-week hydration challenge from town employees. I hope you are joining in as well! The challenge is designed to encourage us all to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. This program helped me identify the fact that I do not drink as much water as I should on a daily basis and hopefully I have developed some better habits to support my overall health. 

 

 


September 6, 2019
Temporary closure of Columbus Crossing entrance to town hall Sep 9-13

The Columbus Crossing entrance to the Penfield Town Hall will be temporarily closed the week of September 9–13 due to construction of a new sanitary sewer service to the town hall. This access drive is located on the west side of the town hall off Jackson Road near the Jackson/Atlantic intersection. 

Site preparation is complete and the sewer work will begin on Monday, September 9. The project will remove and replace a 1965 septic system with sewer service. Work is expected to take one week.

Barriers will block both ends of the Columbus Crossing access drive during the closure. Visitors to the town hall should use the main entrance on Atlantic Avenue or the Veterans Park Way entrance from Jackson Road near the Dolomite Lodge. 

Direct questions to the office of Supervisor Tony LaFountain at supervisor@penfield.org or (585) 340-8630.


September 4, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Monroe County public works projects in Penfield

Monroe County has informed us of two projects they will begin working on in their right-of-way adjacent to the Shadow Pines property. First, they will be removing a locust tree on the southwest corner of Atlantic Ave and Whalen Road due to the diseased condition of the tree. They will also remove three trees adjacent to the small cemetery that are leaning over the road and another tree that came down across the creek opposite the quarry. The county is concerned that these trees are vulnerable to high winds, heavy snow, and ice, posing a public safety hazard.

Their second project is the extension of two culvert pipes running under Whalen Road. The town has been filling this area but we have halted work until the county work is completed. We will resume and complete the filling efforts when the county finishes the culvert project. 

Work on the tree and culvert projects will take place over the next week or two. Terry Tree is the contractor for tree removal. Monroe County DPW will be performing the culvert work; however they may contract Penfield DPW to assist.

As always, any questions may be directed to my office at supervisor@penfield.org or 340-8631.  


September 3, 2019
Supervisor's column September 3, 2019

One of the first signs of fall is the return of the Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP). The first one will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $6.00 per person.  All September breakfast proceeds will benefit our neighbors at Penfield Hope, which exists to address unmet needs in the Penfield area, offering emergency financial assistance, non-perishable food, diapers, children's clothing, internet access, and most importantly—a listening heart. Fellowship Hall is ADA accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org

Speaking of fall, mark your calendars for the annual Tastin’ the Blues event to be held on Saturday, September 14 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the amphitheater (located behind the town hall) with a chili cook-off, beer sampling, and music by Steve Grills & the Road-Masters featuring Joe Beard. There is still time to enter the chili cook-off so do not delay! Go online at www.penfieldrec.org or stop by the Recreation office at the Community Center between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

The 2019 music season at the amphitheater was a big hit with record attendance this year. I would like to thank all who attended and helped to make this a great season. I would also like to recognize and thank our sponsors—Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis, Synergy IT Solution, The Woodlands at Fairport Baptist Homes, and Wegmans—for their generous support; without them we would not be able to bring talent to our stage. Thank you again for supporting Penfield in so many ways!

Mark your calendars…the “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” 43rd annual used book sale begins on Tuesday, September 10 with the member only pre-sale from 2:00 to 9:00 PM (you may join at the door). The general public may attend Wednesday and Thursday, September 11 and 12, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday, September 13 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (half-price day); and Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($3 bag, specials remain half-price). Please note that aisles are narrow, so baby strollers and shopping carts are not allowed. Also food and drinks are not permitted at the sale.

The town board is putting the finishing touches on the 2020 Budget that will be officially released at the Wednesday, September 18 legislative session of the board. Hard work by all of the departments to manage costs, an increase in revenue, along with stable and reduced costs in retirement and health care, have allowed us to prepare the Tentative Budget with no increase for 2020. Final details are in the works and the budget will be available online Wednesday, September 18 for public review and comment prior to the public hearing which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2.

Reminder…the next history hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs.

The Genesee Figure Skating Club offers classes for all levels of skaters. “Learn to Skate” is a great place to learn the fundamentals of skating. “Bridge Class” is an introduction to the elements of figure skating focusing on stroking, edging, spinning, and jumping. “Jump, Spin & Spiral Class” is for beginners through advanced skaters looking to learn, improve, and master their jumps, spins, and spirals. Classes start in September. Please visit their website at www.geneseefsc.com for more information and class registration forms. You may also email questions to www.skategfsc@gmail.com

Until next week…this is week four our employees’ five-week hydration challenge that runs to September 15. Hopefully you will join us. The challenge is designed to encourage you to drink at least eight glasses of water per day; drinking water is a good choice, especially between meals because it hydrates you without providing extra calories or risking harm to your teeth.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 




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