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May 29, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, May 29

Today Governor Cuomo confirmed that the Finger Lakes region, including Monroe County, will be moving forward into Phase 2 of un-pausing New York.

For the Town of Penfield, that means all professional services within the Town Hall will be accessible to the public as of June 1 with these restrictions: APPOINTMENT ONLY, MASKS REQUIRED, NO WALK-INS. 

Other Town facilities will remain inaccessible to visitors until further notice. However, you can continue to work remotely with staff in those departments. Although our doors may be closed we continue to work within guidelines.  

In all cases, if you have business to conduct with the Town, please call ahead or send an email to the department you wish to contact. A lot of business can be done by phone, mail, or online. Staff will guide you through whatever it is you need to do. If you do need to visit us in person at the Town Hall, you MUST follow the above protocols. For the safety of all, we will limit the number of people in the building at any one time, so please be patient as we manage this process.

Town parks and trails remain open with physical distancing and use of face coverings when in proximity to others. All sports fields and courts remain closed with the exception of singles tennis. Groups of more than ten people exceed social distancing practices. 

DPW brush drop-off on Jackson Road is available, as is the mulch pile at the Town Hall complex. Please maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings when using these services. Minimize the number of people you bring along, and please keep children or pets inside your vehicle.

Please refer to the Town of Penfield COVID-19 Facilities and Services Update  chart for the status of what is, and what is not, currently accessible. 

In the community of Penfield, individual businesses/organizations eligible for Phase 2 reopening will make their own decisions regarding their readiness and proceed with their plans according to New York State guidelines.  

On today’s Monroe County municipal conference call, Dr. Mendoza cautioned that Phase 2 is a big step and we all need to develop judgment and common sense as we move forward. He counseled, “If you have to ask, you should wonder...just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.” 

Let’s all be smart and mindful as we venture into Phase 2 territory: practice physical distancing, cover your face, wash your hands, sanitize where you can.

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


May 28, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Thursday, May 28

If—like me—you’ve been collecting material for recycling that you cannot place in your curbside bin or tote like bulk packing Styrofoam, paints, metals, electronics, and more, you’ll be happy to know that Monroe County has announced that Ecopark, the county’s recycling facility at 10 Avion Drive in Chili, will reopen on June 3 with some new restrictions.

New rules for recycling are as follows:

All Ecopark customers must wear a mask or face covering on the facility grounds

  • Customers who are dropping off household hazardous waste or pharmaceuticals are asked to remain inside their vehicles; county staff will remove these items from their vehicles

  • All other recycling stations at the park are self-serve and residents should be prepared to unload their own items. If you are unable to unload your materials, please bring someone with you who can.

  • Household hazardous waste will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at https://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/.  Currently, all appointment slots are full through June 10.

  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies will be on-site for traffic control, to regulate building access and oversee collection of pharmaceuticals.

  • Due to high demand and the need to ensure appropriate physical distancing, wait times may be longer than usual.

  • The facility will be open from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed on July 4.

  • Ecopark is a  partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides a “one-stop drop-off'' for residential recycling.

 

     

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

     

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

     

    supervisor@penfield.org      

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

     

     


    May 27, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, May 27

    According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, with the warm weather comes an uptick in neighborhood crimes. Captain Andrew DeLyser of the MCSO Zone A Substation has asked me to remind residents to always lock vehicles, garages, and homes regardless of how safe you feel your neighborhood may be. Recent crimes include thefts from unlocked vehicles, stolen bikes, and stolen packages from delivery services. Unlocked cars are an easy target that set the stage for break-ins and other thefts. Don’t be a target! Please make it a habit to lock your homes, garages and cars—especially overnight—and don't leave valuables in sight. Track your delivery items and bring them inside as quickly as you can or ask a neighbor to get them for you. Remind your neighbors to do this too to keep your whole neighborhood safe. We can all be “neighborhood watchers”! If you see something that looks suspicious or not right, call 911 to report it. The MCSO would like to be called sooner rather than later to deal with inappropriate or illegal behavior.

    Art brings us beauty, connections to nature and people, simple moments that evoke memories, and color that can soothe or energize our spirits. In the midst of a pandemic with all its stressors, we can all use a bit of that. Right here in Penfield, starting June 8, we are invited to enjoy the work of local artists at the Penfield Art Association’s Spring Show and Sale. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s exhibit will come to you online. If you have never visited the exhibit in person, this virtual gallery experience may be your first glimpse at the talent in our area. Visit the show and sale at www.penfieldartassociation.com (go to News page) and share the link with family and friends. The exhibit features 51 paintings by 28 area artists; you are likely to see some familiar Penfield scenes among the work. 

    The Spring Show and Sale show is one of three annual exhibits presented by the Penfield Art Association. Formed in 1963, the Penfield Art Association today has more than 80 members from throughout the Rochester area. The organization is open to artists of all skill levels and people interested in the two-dimensional visual arts. If you’ve tried your hand at painting while social distancing and discovered it’s something you enjoy, perhaps you would like to become a member. of the PAA. For more information, visit www.penfieldartassociation.com.

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with phased reopening plans. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 26, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, May 26

    Yesterday approximately a dozen members of Braman Post 1229, led by Commander Richard Gough, visited five locations in Penfield to recognize those who have died in active U.S. military service for our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. They visited Veterans Memorial Park and Smith, Pioneer, St. Joseph’s and Oakwood cemeteries. This idea was developed after we had to cancel our traditional “Celebration of Remembrance” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was honored to join the members of Post 1229 to pay tribute to those in our community and across this great country who made the ultimate price by giving their lives for our freedom. It was very important for veterans in our community to recognize their brothers and sisters who served so proudly and paid the price by losing their life for all of us! While not the norm at past annual events, all participants respected our current norm by wearing masks and keeping properly physically distanced.

    Braman Post 1229 will be reviewing this new ceremony of cemetery visits to consider adding it to the holiday’s schedule in the future. They may look at May 30 for the cemetery visits to precede or follow the traditional “Celebration of Remembrance” that is held on the last Monday in May.  

    By way of a bit of history, at the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities. It was not until after World War I that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

    On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I thank Braman Post 1229 for making the recognition of those who lost their lives a priority during these unprecedented times. Our freedom was not free, many paid the ultimate price. Let us never forget and always remember all of those brave men and women.

    If you missed the Town’s Memorial Day video tribute yesterday you can view it online from the homepage at www.penfield.org

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org 

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 23, 2020
    Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance

    Penfield will remember our country's bravest men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day with a virtual Ceremony of Remembrance. The pre-recorded ceremony will be available for viewing on Penfield TV beginning at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 25.

    Penfield TV can be seen on cable (Spectrum) channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device’s app store for “Penfield TV”.


    May 22, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Friday, May 22

    LAST REMINDER...Our annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will not be held as usual in Veterans’ Memorial Park this year because physical distancing prevents us from gathering in person. Instead, Penfield TV will present a video tribute on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 AM (and replayed or on demand thereafter). This may be viewed on Spectrum cable channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device's app store for "Penfield TV." Our guest speaker this year is Rick Gough from the Penfield American Legion Braman Post #1229. 

    We are finally going to enjoy fantastic weather this weekend, something we all crave following winter and our weeks of physical distancing, working remotely, and homeschooling. For many of our neighbors, it’s been long weeks of working to provide an essential service for the benefit of our community. The temptation to break out and embrace the holiday weekend will be strong. We want to see people, fire up our grills, and get gardens underway. 

    This Memorial Day, our sense of responsibility to each other needs to be stronger than our desire for a “normal” holiday. We need to find new ways to enjoy the weekend while we stay physically distant from others, wear our masks, and avoid large groups. We have a shared commitment to the health of our community. If we slip up now the only direction we will travel is backward.  

    If you truly consider the reason we celebrate Memorial Day, you will agree it’s a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. For generations, men and women of the armed services trained and served to combat visible enemies. Many gave their lives, and they did it to keep their families, hometowns, and country safe. 

    Now, during this pandemic, we too are being asked to make personal sacrifices for similar reasons as we combat an invisible foe. In the grand scheme of things, compared to those we honor on Memorial Day, the simple acts of staying physically apart and wearing face coverings isn’t asking much. When you see flags flying this weekend let them remind you of those who served and sacrificed, then remind yourself of the simple things we are all being asked to do to keep each other safe and alive.

    I wish you all a happy Memorial Day and hope you will tune in to watch our “Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance” on Monday. Enjoy the weather, be smart, and be safe. 

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org . Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org 

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 21, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Thursday, May 21

    Here’s an announcement that residents probably don’t want to hear and I am not pleased to make. The Town of Penfield is following suit with neighboring communities and cancelling Independence Day activities this year. Given the pace and reach of COVID-19 this shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but it is nonetheless a disappointment for us all.

    Parades, fireworks, picnics, and all the festivities that come with celebrating Independence Day fit into New York Forward’s Phase Four criteria and we just won’t be there by July 4, even if public health trends are heading in the right direction. 

    I’ve mentioned previously that I am on a conference call twice a week with all other town supervisors and mayors in Monroe County. For several weeks we have been tracking health department reports and discussing the fate of Independence Day celebrations in all our communities. In recent weeks, many towns made the decision to cancel plans for July 4. There is a strong consensus in our group that local coordination is critical to public health—that is why Penfield is joining our neighbors in our decision to cancel Independence Day events.

    Municipalities across the state and nation have to make these tough decisions about Independence Day celebrations and other traditional gatherings. In Penfield, public safety will always come first. Future celebrations will be all the sweeter when we are past the physical distancing requirements of COVID-19 and moving on with our new normal. 

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org     

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 20, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, May 20

    If you’re eager to borrow materials from the Penfield Public Library I have good news.  As of today, May 20, the library is resuming curbside pick-up services. As a bonus, the library system has extended the due date for all materials. Even though the library itself remains closed to the public don’t let that stop you from getting some new books and entertainment for your family.  A few details:

    • Library phones at (585) 340-8720 will be staffed and curbside pick-up services will resume as of 10:00 AM, May 20, but the library building will remain closed to public entry.
    • All programs, as well as outside use of library meeting space, have been postponed.
    • The book drop will remain open, but you don’t have to rush to return items currently in your possession. The Monroe County Library System has extended the due date for all materials to June 29, and no overdue fines will accrue.

    Find all the details on how curbside pick-up services work at the library's website,  https://penfield.libraryweb.org/

    Reminder...Our annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will not be held as usual in Veterans’ Memorial Park this year because physical distancing prevents us from gathering in person. Instead, Penfield TV will present a video tribute on Monday, May 25. This may be viewed on Spectrum cable channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device's app store for "Penfield TV." Our guest speaker this year is Rick Gough from the Penfield American Legion Braman Post #1229. 

    Many thanks to Recreation Supervisor Sabrina Renner for reinventing Penfield’s Memorial Day tribute this year. The ceremony is an important part of our town culture and many residents will enjoy the presentation. The video tribute would not be possible without the exceptional work of our Penfield TV team. Penfield TV has been innovating in many ways to keep internal meetings, town board meetings and events like Memorial Day moving forward. Thank you, team.

    If you follow Governor Cuomo’s daily briefings you will be familiar with the "Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest" that’s underway. Entrants submitted a 30 second video on the theme of why it is so important to wear a face mask to stop the spread of COVID-19. About 600 entries from across the state were submitted and five were chosen as finalists; the winning ad will be used as a PSA. You can vote for your favorite now through May 25. The winner will be announced May 26. Here’s a link:

    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/wear-mask-new-york-ad-contest-cast-your-vote

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with Phase One and then on to Phase Two. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org    

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

     


    May 19, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, May 19

    On yesterday’s Monroe County’s conference call, County Health Director Dr. Michael Mendoza shared his concern about new cases of COVID-19 that I would like to share with you. He reported that new COVID-19 cases are popping up that have been traced to exposures at family Mother’s Day parties. And other new cases are emerging from people who were out in large groups enjoying recent warm weather without physical distancing. This is troubling.

    Dr. Mendoza asked county leaders to appeal to the public to “not let your guard down.” He reminded us that the scope of Phase One is limited and does not pertain to most people. He further stressed that the virus is still out there and we all must “do the right thing when nobody's looking” to avoid a flip that will undo all the good we have accomplished as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    People who choose to ignore physical distancing and do not wear masks in public put the community at risk. If trends go in the wrong direction, Phase Two will be delayed and we may end up going backwards altogether. 

    I find the risk of slipping backward troubling on many levels. I urge Penfield residents to do the right thing: stay six feet apart from others, wear a mask when you can’t maintain separation and whenever you're in public, practice hand hygiene, and disinfect where you can. Given the tens of thousands of masks that were distributed in Penfield last week there are plenty of masks in our community and we should be seeing them, or other personal masks, on the faces of folks out and about in town. Penfield is known as a caring community—please “do the right thing when nobody's looking” and help keep us moving forward. 

    COVID-19 testing is now available for anyone who is symptomatic and all essential employees. If you are a member of the public with symptoms and would like a test, you are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible. If you are an essential employee, you don't need to have symptoms, you may still access testing. Please note, this is NOT an antibody test, it is a test to detect the COVID-19 virus. Call (888) 364-3065 or visit covid19screening.health.ny.gov and click "Start Assessment." Click here for more information on testing.

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with Phase One and then on to Phase Two. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    The county clerk’s office would also like to remind everyone that the DMV will be closed at least until June 8. When DMV opens, it will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Mobile DMVs are cancelled for the rest of 2020.  The county clerk has shared that there many services are now available by mail online, so check out https://www2.monroecounty.gov/clerk-COVID-19 to learn more about your options.

    We can all see a theme developing of appointment-only services as our region gets back to business. We should all expect new rules and procedures as we re-engage with all sorts of businesses and providers in the “new normal.” In general, it will be smart to call ahead or research online before taking action.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org    

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 18, 2020
    Supervisor's Update: Monday, May 18

    I would like to start the week with a few reminders as we begin our first full week of business under Phase One of New York Forward.  

     

    As I shared in my May 14 update, today marks the first day of APPOINTMENT ONLY business for the Town’s Building Department to support construction-related business allowed in Phase One. This includes residential building projects, contractors working on behalf of residents, and developers. Construction projects include new builds, remodels, sheds, decks, pools, fireplace inserts, and other actions that require permits and inspections from the Town of Penfield Building Department. During Phase One, only the Building Department may schedule appointments. All other business with the Town will continue to be managed remotely by phone, email, or website until further notice.

     

    See details regarding the Town of Penfield’s process and requirements under Guidelines for NYS Phase One reopening on the home page of www.penfield.org or go directly to http://www.penfield.org/index.php?bShow=356518127&cat=10

     

    The Penfield Town Court has asked me to share that as of Monday, May 18, the court remains closed to the public. However, the office is now staffed and they are able to assist you by phone or email only. Please leave a voicemail at (585) 340-8623 or send an email to court@penfield.org . They will respond to your inquiry within 48 business hours.

     

    The following instructions were published on the Penfield Town Court web page today: 

    If you received a notice for a court date in May please disregard that notice. Pursuant to a directive from NY Chief Administrative Judge Marks all court sessions remain suspended until at least after May 30. As this date may change, we are currently unable to confirm your next court date or reschedule any court dates.

     

    All payment due dates are extended until court is back in session.

     

    IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU MAY:

    1)  CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY

    2)  GO TO www.nycourts.gov FOR UPDATED COVID-19 COURT NEWS FROM NYS

    3) CALL THE NY COURTS HOTLINE   1-833-503-0447

     

    May 17-23 is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. I visited the team over at Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) this morning and thanked them, on behalf of the Penfield residents, for all they do to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. This group of dedicated volunteers is among the front line medical heroes providing day-to-day lifesaving services as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be sure to thank and support them in their work. We can all show our respect for the PVEA and all EMS practitioners by wearing face masks, observing physical distancing rules, and following CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with Phase One and then on to Phase Two. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

     

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

     

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

     

    supervisor@penfield.org   

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

     

     


    May 15, 2020
    Supervisor's Update: Friday, May 15

    Our new Town Assessor, Christopher Lyons, has asked me to remind residents that the Board of Assessment Review is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 26. Chris, a Penfield resident,  joined us just as the coronavirus was causing us to close our offices and work remotely. Nevertheless, Chris and team kept the businesses of the Assessor's Office moving forward and they have continued to serve Penfield residents. They have adapted procedures to meet New York State Real Property requirements and social distancing protocols. 

    The reason we are welcoming Chris Lyons is that Ann Buck, Penfield’s assessor of 16 years, recently retired. Ann consistently served Penfield with care and professionalism. This was true right up to her last weeks with the Town as she delayed her retirement in order to help us manage our response to the governor’s Executive Order to temporarily close due to the COVID-19  pandemic. Ann, who also managed the Town’s technology, stayed on to see the Assessor's Office and the rest of our departments through new territory as we needed to adopt new technology to continue the business of the Town. With our focus on the pandemic, Ann quietly retired at the end of March. Ann, on behalf of our community, thank you for your service to the Town of Penfield and New York State. Be well and enjoy yourself!

    I would like to share assessment information that Chris Lyons recently posted at www.penfield.org

    This year, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the board will meet via telephone/video conference between hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM, to hear and examine all formal complaints in relation to assessments upon the application of any person believing that they have been aggrieved. 

    Since in-person hearings will not be held while social distancing protocols are in effect, it is imperative that a fully completed RP-524 complaint form with all supporting documentation be submitted via mail, email, fax, or Penfield Library book return box (Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road) to the Assessor’s Office before May 26 to afford sufficient time to adequately prepare for the hearings.

    Once a properly completed complaint form is received, a complainant will be contacted to schedule an appointment for their telephone/video conference hearing with the Board of Assessment Review. While complaints may be filed until 8:00 PM on May 26, the Board will not hear them until a future date and time. Complainants will be contacted to schedule this appointment.

    Persons who file a complaint have the option to have the Board review their complaint form without having a telephone/video conference. (Please note this on your form so that our staff will not need to contact you to schedule an appointment.) The Board will inform them in writing of its decision. Complainants will have the opportunity to choose this option when contacted to schedule an appointment.

    Complaint forms cannot be filed until after May 1. The complaint form and the publication “Contesting Your Assessment in New York State” are available online at NYS Tax & Finance at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/grievproced.htm or the Assessor’s Home Page at www.penfield.org. 

    This is a public meeting that the public is allowed to hear. Contact theAssessor’s Office for streaming and dial-in instructions. 

    Please contact the Assessor’s Office at (585) 340-8610 or assessor@penfield.org with any questions you may have.

    Chris, thank you and welcome to the Town of Penfield team.  And thank you to our friends at  the Penfield Library for agreeing to receive grievance documents in their book return box. Envelopes tend to be thick with documents and they will not fit in the town hall drop box.

    Tomorrow's forecast promises us a beautiful day that will send many of us outdoors for gardening and yard work. With that, I’d like to remind everyone about protocols for the mulch pile and brush drop off. 

    The mulch pile, located at the town hall campus on Columbus Crossing near the softball fields, is getting busier every day. To make the mulch pile safe for all, we ask that all visitors to the pile observe social distancing and wear face masks. Also, if you have children or pets with you, keep them inside your vehicle—do not let them outside to wander near or on the pile. 

    Effective Monday, May 18, residential brush drop-off at DPW on Jackson Road will resume weekdays, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. As always, only limbs and brush are allowed—NO leaves, grass clippings, or other inappropriate debris will be accepted. The area will be monitored. 

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 15, 2020
    GUIDELINES FOR NYS PHASE I REOPENING IN PENFIELD

    OFFICIAL NOTICE FROM THE TOWN OF PENFIELD

    R. Anthony LaFountain, Supervisor

    GUIDELINES FOR NEW YORK STATE PHASE I REOPENING IN PENFIELD

    ~EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020~

    PENFIELD, N.Y., MAY 14, 2020 — In accordance with the terms of New York State’s Phase I reopening guidelines, beginning May 18, 2020 the Town of Penfield will support the resumption of building construction activities. This includes projects for residential building, contractors working on behalf of residents, and developers. 

    Construction projects include new builds, remodels, sheds, decks, pools, fireplace inserts, and other actions that require permits and inspections from the Town of Penfield Building Department. The Building Department consists of building inspectors, the fire marshal’s office, and code enforcement officers.

    Although Phase I directives permit the resumption of construction activity, TOWN FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

    To accommodate construction business with the Town, all interactions with the Building Department will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO WALK-INS will be allowed.

    The Town is enforcing physical distancing and hygiene protocols for the safety of employees and visitors and is strictly limiting the number of visitors to the town hall. The following procedures are in place to assist with construction projects:

    To begin/resume a project call or email the Building Department (585) 340-8636 (9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Mon–Fri) or building@penfield.org to discuss your project. 

    Staff will determine your needs and direct you to online or in-person resources. If you do not need an appointment but want to drop off plans or documents call the department for instructions.

    If your needs require a visit to the town hall, staff will schedule an appointment.

    When you come to your appointment:

    • YOU MUST WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING
    • Do not bring additional people with you
    • Use east entrance only
    • A security guard will log you in and ask basic health/symptom screening questions
    • The security guard will announce your arrival to department
    • Unless otherwise instructed, you will go to the second floor for your appointment  (stairs or elevator)
    • When done, you will log out and exit the building using the same door  

    During Phase I, only the Building Department may schedule appointments. All other business with the Town will continue to be managed remotely by phone, email, or website until further notice. 

    The Town of Penfield is committed to observing all directives and guidelines set forth by federal, state and local agencies. Our mutual cooperation and enforcement is the single most important thing we can do to help keep our community strong and protect the safety and welfare of our community, our employees, and all who do business with the Town. 

    Please contact the Building Department at (585) 340-8636 or building@penfield.org with any questions. 

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.


    May 14, 2020
    Supervisor's Update: Thursday, May 14

    Yesterday we co-hosted our second mask distribution with Monroe County. As you may have seen on the news, the turnout county-wide was even more tremendous than the first event last Saturday. In Penfield, we handed out roughly 38,000 masks over a five-hour period. I would like to thank all the volunteers and Town staff who helped to distribute the masks at a pace of more than 7,000 masks per hour! I also want to thank the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and our DPW for keeping the traffic moving and minimizing the impact to Route 441, Whalen Road, and Five Mile Line Road. At this time no future mask give-aways are planned. 

    Beginning Monday, May 18, in accordance with New York State’s Phase I guidelines, our Building Department will resume APPOINTMENT ONLY support of building construction activities. This includes residential building projects, contractors working on behalf of residents, and developers. Construction projects include new builds, remodels, sheds, decks, pools, fireplace inserts, and other actions that require permits and inspections from the Town of Penfield Building Department. 

    We will provide more details regarding this process and requirements at www.penfield.org early Friday, May 15. During Phase I, only the Building Department may schedule appointments. All other business with the Town will continue to be managed remotely by phone, email, or website until further notice.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org   

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

     

    -END-


    May 12, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update Tuesday, May 12

    I have a few quick reminders to share today. 

     

    Monroe County and the Town of Penfield are hosting a second mask give-away on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Masks are surgical style and can be worn multiple times with gentle use. Proof of residency will not be checked. Family members of vulnerable Penfield residents may pick up masks for their loved ones; what’s most important is that we get masks to residents who need them. If you have any questions about this mask give-away contact the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Here is a link to all Monroe County’s towns/villages mask distribution sites for this Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-COVID-19-masks

    Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a new online resource called “New York Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better.” Here’s link for your convenience: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYForwardReopeningGuide.pdf  

    I also want to remind everyone that Town-sponsored music and events are canceled for the month of June. In the coming weeks we will evaluate the status of July plans within state and county directives.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org  

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 11, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: May 11, 2020
    Were you among the thousands of residents who came out last Saturday to pick up free surgical masks from Monroe County and the Town of Penfield? The turnout was fantastic! The lines were steady and the snow was blowing, but the smiles were warm as we handed out roughly 25,000 surgical masks to Penfield residents in just four hours. The give-away went smoothly thanks to our well-organized volunteers and patient customers. Our distribution team was moving so fast we managed to keep warm despite the wintry weather. The Town received many thanks and notes of appreciation that I would like to pass along to our friends at the county and Town Councilman Bob Ockenden, who coordinated the event. On behalf of the Town of Penfield, a special thank you to everyone who volunteered their time Saturday to make this event successful.

    If you missed this distribution and your family needs masks, we are hosting a second give-away on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proof of residency will not be checked. Family members of vulnerable Penfield residents may pick up masks for their loved ones; what’s most important is that we get masks to residents who need them. If you have any questions about this mask give-away contact the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Today, Governor Cuomo made his daily remarks from Rochester. He once again explained the criteria necessary for a phased un-pausing of New York region by region. Monroe County is included in the Finger Lakes region, and we are poised to meet reopening guidelines IF we “stay smart” and continue our good work to flatten the curve. This means committing to social/physical distancing, community masking by all, and meeting all the metrics in place for testing, tracing, infection rate, hospital capacity and appropriate healthcare resources. Local governments in Monroe County are coordinating to lift our region up together. Ultimately, individual choices and collective behaviors will determine our readiness to reopen and move forward. This week’s messaging from the state and county will be focused on who is ready to begin a phased reopening. This will be a fluid process and we will take our lead from state and county officials.

    At the Town, our DPW is back full force this week and will work in new ways that meet social distancing and hygiene protocols. Residential brush drop-off will resume Monday, May 18, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM to collect limbs and brush ONLY—as always, NO leaves, grass clippings, or other inappropriate debris will be accepted. 

    Other Town employees will continue to work remotely this week with limited office access where possible. Our personnel, safety, and facilities team is making plans for new work practices in all Town facilities. When we open to the public there will be new procedures in place. I will share that information with you before we open our doors. As a reminder, Monroe County has canceled all mobile DMVs for the year, so that service will not return to the town hall in 2020.
    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.
    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
    Tony
    supervisor@penfield.org  
    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

    May 8, 2020
    Supervisor's Update: Friday, May 8

    As we head into the weekend I would like to share a few reminders.

    Spring is here and so is the mulch pile at the town hall campus on Columbus Crossing near the softball fields. Activity has picked up in recent days as people are eager to get to yard work and gardening chores. Please, to make the mulch pile safe for all, we ask that visitors to the pile observe social distancing and wear face masks. Also, if you have children or pets with you, keep them inside your vehicle—do not let them outside to wander near or on the pile. 

    There is a lot of interest in the Monroe County/Town of Penfield FREE surgical mask give-away this Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. We have received a few questions about this giveaway. First, the distribution team will not check for proof of residency. Given that Monroe County is doing this give-away with all towns and villages there is really no reason for anyone to go to another town to get masks. Family members of vulnerable Penfield residents may pick up masks for their loved ones; what’s most important is that we get masks to residents who need them. If you have any questions about this mask give-away contact the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Here is a link to all Monroe County’s towns/villages mask distribution sites for this Saturday, May 9, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-COVID-19-masks

    Yesterday, Monroe County announced ROC COVID, a new community screening tool to track potential hot spots and at risk populations and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The online survey tool takes only seconds to complete. It consists of a few questions that residents are encouraged to answer daily, even when they have no symptoms. Questions include whether they have a fever, a cough, chills or other primary coronavirus symptoms, as well as basic demographic information. Residents who participate will receive daily email reminders to take the survey. 

    I signed up yesterday. As promised, it was quick and easy to set up my account. This morning it took me just a few seconds and a few clicks to answer one question about how I was feeling at the time. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    This Sunday will be a different kind of Mother’s Day—even the weather won’t give moms a break! I wish mothers everywhere a happy Mother's Day. Enjoy your families in new and creative ways and be safe.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org  

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 7, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Thursday, May 7
    History in the making! Town Historian Kathy Kanauer is inviting residents to share their stories of how the coronavirus has impacted daily life in our community. Would you, your family, or maybe even your neighborhood, like to become part of Penfield’s documented social history? Here’s what Kathy recently posted on the Penfield NY History Facebook page: 
    “Historians across the state are documenting the historic events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. As Penfield Historian I have been tracking the timeline for our archives.
    I would like to include creative ways residents are coping. How has your daily routine changed? How are your children coping? Have you grown closer as a family? Your experience will join our common experience to become a part of Penfield’s history.
    Please no political advertising or bashing. This is intended to become an apolitical account.
    Thanks for your help.
    This can be undertaken as a family activity. Encouraging young people to write about how this has affected their lives could be therapeutic and a Language Arts project.
    Writings can be emailed to historian@penfield.org.”
    As a reminder, if you, your family, or neighbors need face masks Monroe County and the Town of Penfield will be hosting a FREE mask give-away this Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. These are surgical style masks that can be reused a few times if handled with care.
    I’ve just heard about a second opportunity to get free masks in Penfield this weekend courtesy of the good people of Bach to Rock Music School. Please read the following details and instructions: 
    Amy Valente, co-owner of Bach to Rock Music School, has been making handmade cloth (not surgical) masks for anyone in need. To date, she has made almost 600 masks. Their next distribution of cloth masks will occur on Saturday, May 9 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Bach to Rock Music School. Another cloth mask distribution is set for Sunday, May 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. In conjunction, the Penfield Business Chamber board members will also be distributing free "Care Packages" to residents to support local businesses. Care packages will have business coupons, menus, business cards, special discounts, free items, and more to remind the community of the products and services offered while we continue to navigate through the COVID19 crisis. If anyone in the community is in need of a cloth mask, please email penfield@bachtorock.com and we will provide you with an order form and details.
    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .
    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
    Tony
    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

    May 6, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, May 6

    Do you, your family, or neighbors need face masks? With the support of Monroe County, all of the towns and villages across the county will be hosting a FREE mask give-away this Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. We will also look to hand out masks on Wednesday, May 13; the time for this event will be announced early next week. I have asked Town Councilman Bob Ockenden, a member of the Fire Service and Chairman of the Town Board’s Public Safety Committee, to coordinate this distribution. We have been provided enough masks to give each Penfield resident four surgical masks. As I said in my remarks yesterday, wearing a mask says “I care about you” to people you encounter. Making these masks available and for residents to use when they HAVE TO BE OUT IN PUBLIC will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our community. 

    May 6 is National Nurses Day, a day we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives. This year, the coronavirus has brought the heroic work of nurses front and center every day for many weeks now.  With more than three million working nurses in the United States today, nurses make up the highest percentage of the nation's healthcare workforce. On behalf of the Penfield community, I offer our gratitude to nurses everywhere for their knowledge, professionalism, and caring commitment to the people of our community and nation. To nurses who live in Penfield, we are proud to be your neighbors. 

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org  

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 5, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, May 5

    The importance of masking to lower the spread of COVID-19 cannot be overstated. Every day we are reminded of pandemic statistics and trends; we learn what is trending up, down, and what is flat. Experts in every field report on their efforts to treat the sick, advance science, provide a cure, open the economy, keep people physically distanced, provide food and services, and so much more. 

    We are also reminded every day that the simple act of wearing a face mask combined with social distancing shows we care enough to protect others and help stop the COVID-19 spread. Wearing a mask says “I care about you” to people you encounter whenever you are outside your home. It’s the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. 

    I expect most of you are familiar with the Mary Cariola organization and the important work they do to provide academic, residential, and community outreach programs to hundreds of children and young adults with disabilities. They are launching a Cariola Care Heart campaign this week to show the kids of Cariola that the community is thinking of them. To participate, send a photo of yourself making a heart shape with your hands and a brief and uplifting one-line message of support, something like “sending love to Cariola kids!” All photos will be shared on Mary Cariola’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media platforms. Once you have your photo simply send it to gkamp@marycariola.org then follow their social media pages for daily postings.

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org  

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


    May 4, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Monday, May 4

     

    I’d like to reinforce a few COVID-19 updates from our state and county leadership.

     

    Today, Governor Cuomo shared the metrics being used to determine which regions in the state meet the criteria for “unpausing.” The good news is our region meets most of the criteria to prepare a phased reopening.  However, we do need to do more testing for active cases of COVID-19 to achieve the testing rate of 30 tests per 1,000 residents per month.

     

    Our region has the means to meet that metric. As of last Friday, a drive-through test site is available at MCC with a capacity to conduct 300 tests per day. Currently, two groups of people are eligible for testing.

     

    The first group is essential workers—even those who are not symptomatic. Essential workers are generally those working in the community who come into contact with the public. If you have been identified in the job you do as being an essential worker and have not yet been tested please considered doing so.

     

    The second group of people eligible for testing are residents who are symptomatic. If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please contact your healthcare provider to determine your next steps, which may include a visit to the MCC test site.

     

    Appointments are required for testing. To make an appointment or ask questions please call (888) 364-3065. There is no cost to individuals for the test.

     

    I also want to remind everyone of the importance of wearing face coverings when outside our homes. Wearing masks in public is our civic duty and it’s the easiest thing we can all do to save lives. Penfield is a caring community, please wear a mask to show your concern and support for others.

     

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov

     

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

     

    supervisor@penfield.org 

    Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

     


    May 1, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Friday, May 1

    Today Governor Cuomo announced that New York State public schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. This is not a huge surprise given all previous communications regarding strategies and requirements for reopening schools. Although this is not a surprise, it is still challenging news for families, teachers, and our community as we look to plan our schedules, budgets, and other resources.

     

    What will this mean to the Town of Penfield? For starters, closed schools may further jeopardize our ability to offer summer camps as we rely on school facilities for camp locations. We are also dependent on the County Health Department for a permit to operate summer camps. If any summer school programs are held at school facilities, that could also impact our ability to hold camps because facilities would not be available to us. This is another day-to-day situation and I will keep you informed as you try to make summer plans for your families. The governor said he would make a decision on summer school later this month.

     

    If we cannot offer summer camps, and if we also lose DPW summer projects, the Town will face a significant loss of revenue that we plan for in our annual budget. That’s on top of the loss of mortgage tax and sales tax revenue. We will adjust our plans and spending throughout this year.

     

    I’ve had a few calls asking about the status of Spring Drop-off. As a reminder, that service event has been canceled. We will share any updates to this as we learn more.

     

    If you have already completed your 2020 Census survey, thank you! If not, please consider doing so in the next few days, as this is the 2020 Census Digital Weekend of Action. Learn more at https://newyorkcounts2020.org/event/2020-census-digital-weekend-of-action/.

     

    I know I just shared updates you may not like to hear. It’s my intention to keep Penfield residents informed as we work every day to support decisions that are being made to keep our community safe. I’m looking forward to sharing uplifting news with you in the coming weeks as we make plans to reopen and serve you when New York un-pauses!

     

    Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov

     

    Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

    Tony

    supervisor@penfield.org - Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain




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