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February 27, 2020
PTC March Guided Hike

Penfield Trails Committee will lead a free guided hike on Saturday, March 14, 10:00AM-12:00PM, at the Shadow Pines property, 600 Whalen Road. 

Hikers will explore the hiking trail development that has taken place so far on the property. Participants should meet at the parking lot near the Clark House. Look for the hike signs!

Although this hike is free, participants are asked to please register ahead of time by calling (585) 340-8655, option 0.

Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.


February 24, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 24, 2020

I frequently receive calls and emails from residents asking me when the town will let Greenlight Networks expand their system in Penfield. As many of you are aware, Greenlight is a fast growing company that provides an all-fiber optic network that is faster than broadband. I have had the opportunity to meet with Greenlight on this topic and can report they are very excited about having a bigger build-out in Penfield and across Monroe County in 2020. 

With a $100 M investment by Tom Golisano and LeChase–Joint Venture, Greenlight can concentrate on locations of build-out, network design, permits, and easements. LeChase can focus on providing construction and on-time, on-budget delivery. The company’s build-out strategy continues to be based on customer demand.

During the first half of 2020, Greenlight will be working in the following areas of Penfield: Hilltop, Beacon Hills, Crossbow, and Periwinkle. They will also be working to complete thirteen other locations in the town by year-end. As those locations are finalized and shared with the town, I will pass that information along to all of you. It is our understanding that Greenlight plans to have around 6,300 homes connected by year-end. With the quality partnership of Greenlight, Golisano and LeChase, I am excited about the build-out of this network in Penfield!

I am reminded by our IS/IT service providers that they are seeing an increase in cases of “phishing”—fraudulent  emails, texts or phone calls designed to trick you into providing sensitive personal data. Scammers may impersonate companies or people you know in an attempt to trick you into sharing sensitive information like social security numbers, account numbers or passwords. Some scams get you to click on links to malicious attachments. 

What are some things you can do to help prevent the infection and spread of phishing? Never provide sensitive information to an unsolicited call, text or email—even if the communication appears to be legitimate. Be cautious of any unexpected requests or demands that claim to be urgent or require immediate action. Do not use the same password across multiple sites. When in doubt and if you question the legitimacy of any request, contact the source directly. Taking a few extra minutes to verify a request may save you many hours sorting out problems with accounts and other personal information.

The days are getting longer and there is a hint of spring in the air. Now is the time many of us start thinking about a new deck, putting a pool in the backyard, or maybe adding on some extra space for the family’s use and enjoyment. Regardless of your project, now is the time to start taking action to secure necessary building permits. At this time of the year our Building Department can turn a permit around in a week or less based on volume. In another month or two, that turnaround time will increase up to two to three weeks. For more information on permits go to www.penfield.org, choose Departments, then Building/Zoning. Here you can find brochures, forms, and links to Town Code to help you understand the process and secure necessary permits. You may also call 340-8636. Good luck with your new project! 

A representative from the U. S. Census Bureau visited our last town board meeting to provide an update on the upcoming 2020 Census. Between March 12 and 20, invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will start arriving in households across the country. Counting every person in the United States in a census every 10 years is a challenge; counting every infant and toddler in the country may be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Parents and adults with young children often don’t realize they need to include all children who live with them full-time or at least most of the time. In the 2010 Census, nearly one million children (4.6% of children under the age of five) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, children under age five are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the United States. Counting young children will be vitally important in the 2020 Census because population statistics are used by local, state, and federal lawmakers to determine how to spend billions of dollars in federal and state funds annually over the next 10 years. Locally, we rely on census data to develop plans and projects in our own community. 

Until next week, enjoy the milder weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


February 18, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 18, 2020

The Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support (NEQALS) voted for its board of directors at its annual meeting on February 12. Returning to the Board are President and CEO, Syed Ahmed Mustafa; Vice President Michael Pope; and Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth Montgomery. Joining the board are Chris Smith and Maureen Wilbert. These board members join remaining board members John Beldue, Raymond Camp, George Glessner, Phyllis Lochner, Robert Meddaugh, Richard Prinzing, and Jan Thompson-Hinz.

Chief Executive Officer Mustafa also announced a reorganization of the operations staff of NEQALS. Appointed as Chief of the Agency is Jerry Fedele. Reporting to Chief Fedele are Deputy Chief of Operations Matt Lloyd and Deputy Chief of Administration Julie Jordan. Deputy Chief Lloyd will have Captain Corey Best and Lieutenant Nate Hinman reporting to him. Deputy Chief Jordan will have Captain Kayleigh Hodge and Lieutenants Kirsten Hurlburt and Keisha Betances reporting to her. 

"I am delighted to have this very strong, energetic and forward-looking operations staff managing the day-to-day operations of NEQALS starting today," said Mustafa. "They are a great complement to our very diverse and active Board of Directors. One team gives us a clear and strong strategy and the other executes it. Together this make us, what I personally believe, one of the best EMS agencies in the area."

After working with the Town of Webster to secure the permanent authority to provide EMS service through Webster Emergency Medical Service, NEQALS is now working to finalize plans for its new base on Jackson Road. Mustafa added, "We have lived in a variety of places, none of which have ever been ours for 33 years. I am looking forward to having a base that we can call home, which gives our staff, board members and guests a proper place to operate out of, train and rest in between calls." Mustafa says the hope is to move into the new base before the fall of 2020. NEQALS provides service to the northern portion of Penfield. This volunteer organization of dedicated women and men is a wonderful resource for the east side of our county for EMS and advance life support.

The town board will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM to extend the moratorium on the redevelopment of public golf courses in the town. This extension will allow the completion of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update currently underway and due on or before year-end 2020.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be conducting a public information meeting for a project designed to enhance safety and reduce congestion at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Five Mile Line Road. This open-house style informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3 between 4:00 and 7:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Those interested in attending may arrive at any time during the scheduled session to review current details of the project and provide input. NYSDOT staff will be on hand to answer individual questions. There will be no formal presentation as part of this session. For further information, or to request an interpreter, please contact Project Engineer Howard Ressel at (585) 371-9280 or Howard.Ressel@dot.ny.gov .

Mark your calendars…the town board will be holding a public information meeting on the draft conceptual master plan for Shadow Pines on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium. The board received the draft at its work session meeting last week from the engineering consultant BME Associates. BME will provide an overview of the draft plan to those on hand at the meeting; there will also be an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the draft plan. Those interested may review the draft plan on the town’s website, www.penfield.org. From the home page, click on Online Documents, then choose Draft Documents. The town board will receive comments on the draft plan for two weeks following the informational meeting to allow residents ample time to comment.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

  


February 10, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 10, 2020

I would like to recognize all the members of the Department of Public Works for their extra efforts throughout last week’s storm event. Many of our employees spent 18-plus straight hours plowing and salting to make the roads safe for travel—and after just a few hours of rest were back in Saturday morning to deal with more of the same to clear roads and sidewalks. This dedicated group of employees provides a valuable service to our community by plowing 449 lane miles of 540 different town, county, and state roads. Additionally, they plow 69 miles of sidewalks and parking lots of all our facilities. Great job all, thank you for your service to Penfield!

The recent snow did bring some fun with it, as it helped make the Family Winter Snow Night Out last Friday a big success. Harris Whalen Park was filled residents of all ages sledding, snow-shoeing, hiking, and much more. Hot chocolate and snacks provided warmth from the cold and the energy to take “just one more” ride down the hill. This event was another great effort by our Penfield Recreation team!  

At this time of year when we are all chilled by the weather, our thoughts go to comfort food! Consider this opportunity…on Saturday, February 22 the Penfield Knights of Columbus is hosting its annual pasta dinner. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. So if you are hungry for pasta and meatballs and want a break from the kitchen, you can feed your family and help those in need of assistance in our community. Dinner begins at 5:30 PM in the gym at St. Joseph’s Church on Gebhardt Rd. The cost per person is $10.00 at the door or $8.00 pre-sale. The cost per family is $25.00 at the door or $20.00 pre-sale. Please note that you may receive the pre-sale price at door with non-perishable food donation. Contact Ben Ryck for pre-sale thickets at (585) 698-9699.

It’s that time again—every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. One new opportunity for the 2020 Census is the ability to complete the census survey online! Amazing, right? The federal government is finally embracing digital. In fact, the bureau hopes that 55 percent of responses will be submitted via computer or mobile phone. Most households will be contacted by snail mail that will provide a unique code to complete the survey online. Participating in the 2020 Census is in everyone’s best interest because decision-makers use the data to determine which communities, schools, hospitals, and roads will receive federal funding. When you receive your survey, please take a few moments to complete and submit your response…it does make a difference in your own community!

As I mentioned in last week’s column, the DRAFT Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan will be submitted to the town board this Wednesday (February 12) at the work session. The plan will be posted at www.penfield.org following the work session for all to view. The board will be looking to schedule a public information meeting in March. I will keep everyone updated on dates and times for any and all meetings. You may watch town board meetings on Spectrum channel 1303 or streaming video from the town website.  

Reminder… Penfield Recreation has new extended hours. To better serve you, Pen-Rec is now open every Thursday until 6:30 PM. Stop by to register for a class, pick up a lodge key, or to chat about a program. We look forward to serving you!

Until next week, get ready for the next storm front approaching mid-week with a snow/rain mix and a significant temperature drop.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


February 3, 2020
Supervisor’s column February 3, 2020

I begin this week’s column with an update on the Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan. Our consultant, BME Associates, has completed a draft of the conceptual master plan. They will submit the draft plan to the town board at the February 12 work session and provide a high level overview. The draft plan will be published on the town website following the work session for all to view. After that, I expect the town board to pass a resolution at the February 19 legislative meeting to schedule a public information meeting regarding the draft plan for Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Any and all interested residents will be able to comment on the draft plan at the public information meeting. The town board will also accept emails and other written comments prior to the information meeting and for a week following the meeting to ensure residents have the ability to provide input and feedback. 

Next Monday, February 10, is the last day to pay Town/County taxes in full without interest. The Tax Receiver’s Office in the town hall is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to accept payments. If you cannot make it in during business hours, you may deposit your payment after hours using a drop box located near the door on the east side of the town hall. The box is secure and it is checked several times a day. A receipt will be mailed to you once your payment is processed. If you have any questions about your bill, please call the Tax Receiver’s Office at 340-8626.

Now that we are all getting back to our normal routines after the holidays, I’d like to remind everyone that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf continues to work hard to help support those less fortunate in our community. The PEFS is always in need of food donations to help keep the shelves stocked. To learn more about this wonderful community organization and their current wish list of needed items, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Thank you in advance for your support, it does make a difference!

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, February 15 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. February proceeds will go directly to benefit Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR). RHR seeks to foster the growth of Rochester’s refugee community by making them agents of their own advancement. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is an accessible facility and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details visit www.fbpenfield.org.

Reminder…the next Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert Caramia and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines is scheduled for Monday, February 24 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Visit www.penfieldsymphony.org for more information about the PSO and this concert. 

Penfield Players, your community theatre, announces its “winter readers’ theatre.” This season’s production is the Cinderella Waltz by Don Nigro on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. In this play, Rosey Snow is trapped in a fairy tale world that turns funny and a little frightening…and who can blame her? She is faced with a demented stepmother, a possibly homicidal village idiot, a fairy godmother who sings salty old sailor songs, and so much more! This production combines numerous versions of the world’s most popular fairy tale into a hilarious, yet sometimes dark, retelling. Equal parts farce and romantic fantasy…get ready for a truly entertaining fairy tale for adults. This program is FREE to the public, look for more information on at www.penfieldplayers.org

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  




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