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August 31, 2020
Remote School Days Program Offering

The upcoming school year will be new and unique for all Penfield School District’s students and families. With that in mind, Penfield Recreation is looking to address the community’s needs by offering a grades K-5 student supervision program at the Penfield  Community Center, specifically for students of working families in Penfield.

  • Penfield Recreation staff will provide space and supervision for students during their remote learning schedule. No instruction/work help will be provided by Pen Rec staff. Staff will assist with logging in and navigating computer if needed.
  • Participants must provide their own laptops/electronic devices, headphones or earbuds, and lunch/snacks. 
  • Participants must have their own transportation to and from the Penfield Community Center (1985 Baird Rd) for the program each day.  
  • Participants will have opportunities to take part in indoor games, sports/activities, arts/crafts, and quiet time throughout the supervised day

Interested in registering for the program or have questions? Please contact Recreation Supervisor Sabrina Renner at (585) 340-8651 or srenner@penfield.org.

Core Program 8:30AM - 5:30PM

2 days/week: Mon & Tue OR Thu & Fri                    Monthly Fee: $ 480

3 days/week: Mon, Tue, Wed OR Wed, Thu, Fri     Monthly Fee: $ 720

Early Drop-Off 7:00AM - 8:30AM

2 days/week: Mon & Tue OR Thu & Fri                     Monthly Fee: $ 96

3 days/week: Mon, Tue, Wed OR Wed, Thu, Fri      Monthly Fee: $ 144


This program will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield.


August 27, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Aug 27: PFD to seal coat public parking area off Five Mile Line Rd.

Attention Penfield residents: The Penfield Fire District has just notified the Town it will be seal coating its parking lots at all three stations beginning the evening of Friday, August 28 through Monday, August 31, weather permitting. Rain may shift work schedules. Sealing will be performed in two stages. Half the lots will be sealed Saturday, and the remainder will be sealed on Sunday. 

Please note this project will include the public parking area off Five Mile Line Road. Please make other parking arrangements during these times.

Be safe and be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


August 25, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Aug 25: Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan accepted

I’d like to share a milestone in the evolution of the town’s Shadow Pines properties. Last week, the Town Board accepted the Conceptual Master Plan for the Shadow Pines property at its August 19 meeting. 

A year ago, the Town Board called for the development of a Conceptual Master Plan to address the recommendations of the Shadow Pines Advisory Committee (2016) and the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee (2019). Following a request for proposals, BME Associates was selected to prepare the Plan. 

BME worked with the committees’ reports and Town staff to prepare the draft. It was then presented to the community at a public information meeting in March 2020 for review and comments. After reviewing feedback, the Town Board asked BME Associates to adjust the draft to address public input. Overall themes from community input call for passive recreational uses, preserving natural landscapes, increasing points of access, providing pedestrian and bike trails, and adding rustic structures. 

The Plan’s conclusion states: The redevelopment of the former Shadow Pines Golf Course provides an unprecedented opportunity for the Town of Penfield to promote and provide the many desired activities requested by residents of the community. The different uses and user groups anticipated to utilize the site can be accommodated while also providing much needed biodiversity for the many birds, mammals, and insects that make the site their home.

Going forward, the accepted Conceptual Master Plan will be used as a planning tool and a guide for reference and consideration for making specific future land use decisions affecting the Town’s Shadow Pines properties. In the coming years, the current and future Town Boards will work with boards, committees, local and national clubs and organizations, and residents to facilitate the development of the site as presented within Plan. 

As for the remainder of 2020, you will not see any dramatic changes at the property. Plans require funding, and budgets are severely limited due to revenue losses related to the coronavirus pandemic. We will go into fall and winter with continued passive recreational use of the north and south portions of Shadow Pines.

The 2021 budget will include some funding to add the access points identified for pedestrian connectivity and proposed parking areas. DPW will also perform internal removal of dead trees as needed for safety. Finally, we will work with different groups and organizations to start working on plans for the bike area, pickle ball, and more.

To learn more, go to  'plans and studies' at www.penfield.org to view both Shadow Pines Master Conceptual Plan documents:  Shadow Pines Concept Plan Map and Shadow Pines Conceptual Plan Final Report

Many thanks to all who followed this process, attended the public information meeting, and offered up thoughts and ideas on how to best use the Shadow Pines property for the broadest group of residents and visitors to Penfield.

Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be safe and be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


August 21, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Aug 21: School Tax payment news

On behalf of Penfield Tax Receiver Krystina Lizak, I would like to share important information regarding the upcoming collection of 2020/2021 School Taxes.

The Penfield Tax Office is the billing and collection agency for School Taxes within the Town of Penfield’s jurisdiction. School Tax bills are always mailed at the end of August and arrive in mailboxes the first week of September. 

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Penfield Town offices are not fully open to the public. Therefore, 2020/2021 School Tax payments may NOT be made in person at the town hall. 

If you are accustomed to paying your taxes in person, this year you will need to switch to one of the following options: 

1. Mail your payment, payable to Krystina H. Lizak, Receiver of Taxes, to Tax Office, 3100 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526

2. Drop your payment in the secure Town lockbox located outside the East entrance of the Town Hall building – a receipt will be mailed

3. Pay online with a credit card at www.monroecounty.gov (Monroe County is temporarily waiving the 3% service charge due to COVID-19)

4. Pay in full by check at Penfield M&T branches - 625 Panorama Trail or 2201 Penfield Rd.

All payment and due date instructions are printed on the reverse side of the tax bill.  

Monroe County residents, your credit card payments will go directly through Monroe County. Please note Monroe County has passed legislation to temporarily waive the 3% service charge.

Wayne County residents, your credit card payments will go through the Penfield Tax Office and a service fee will apply. A link will be available at www.penfield.org . (New York State law mandates that the Town receives no portion of the fee and that the fee is retained by the payment processing vendors enabling the transaction.)

If you do not receive your School Tax bill, contact the Tax Office directly so your bill can be re-sent. If you do not receive your bill for any reason (change of address, mortgage satisfied, postal issue) you are still responsible for a timely tax payment. As of September 1, School Tax bills are always available at www.monroecounty.gov, choose the view/pay tax tab.

If you cannot pay your School Taxes using any of the above options, please contact Krystina Lizak, Receiver of Taxes, at receivertaxes@penfield.org  or 585-340-8625 for assistance. 

Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be safe and be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


August 18, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: NYSDOT to begin Atlantic Ave paving project on Aug 19

Attention Penfield residents: I was just notified that the NYS Department of Transportation will begin a paving project in both directions of Atlantic Avenue from NYS Route 250 to Millford Crossing. The project will begin tomorrow, August 19, and continue for approximately two weeks. Please plan accordingly and expect delays.

Be safe and be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


August 17, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: 100th anniversary of Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote

This update is dedicated to all women across our community, our county, and our nation. 

You may have thought that women always had the right to vote, but this is far from the truth. Up until the 1900s, most democracies throughout history only allowed men to vote. This includes the democracies of Ancient Greece, the Roman Republic, and early democracies in Britain and the United States. Gaining equal rights for women, including the right to vote in the United States, was a long and slow process. 

The first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Around 300 people attended the meeting which was led by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The main outcome of the meeting was the "Declaration of Sentiments," a document similar to the Declaration of Independence. It stated that women should have equal rights to men—including the right to vote.

In 1869, women leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Women's Suffrage Association. The main goal of this group was to get an amendment passed that would allow women to vote. They wanted the Fifteenth Amendment to include the right for women to vote as well as people of any race. However, the Fifteenth Amendment passed in 1870 allowing all men regardless of race to vote, but not women. In the United States women were not allowed to vote until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. Initially introduced to Congress in 1878, several attempts to pass a women's suffrage amendment failed until passing the House of Representatives on May 21, 1919, followed by the Senate on June 4, 1919. It was then submitted to the states for ratification. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee was the last of the necessary 36 ratifying states to secure adoption. The Nineteenth Amendment's adoption was certified on August 26, 1920: the culmination of a decades-long movement for women's suffrage at both state and national levels.

Finally and rightfully, the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote throughout the United States. It was first introduced to Congress in 1878, but unfortunately it was not ratified until over 41 years later on August 18, 1920.

As we look to recognize 100 years of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, let us all reflect the monumental efforts by so many strong women, like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, for their efforts to ensure all women had a voice and were able to vote. 

As a son, husband, father of two daughters, and grandfather of two granddaughters, I am saddened that it took as long as it did to ratify this right! 

Today, the right to vote and participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world still do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights in every election.

If you’d like to see a local take on this topic, Town Historian Kathy Kanauer is putting together a “Herstory” display in the Local History Room. The floor display will show a timeline of US history and laws that affected women, and display cases will feature Penfield women of note from Mary Penfield forward. You can visit the Local History Room (located in the back of the Penfield Library in the Penfield Community Center) on Mondays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Masks are required to enter the building. (Contact at historian@penfield.org or 340-8740.) 

Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be safe and be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


August 11, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Moody’s Annual Issuer Comment Report Affirms Penfield’s Strong Financial Position

I am pleased to share that Moody’s recent Issuer Comment Report that provides updated credit information on the outstanding debt issuances of municipalities nationwide has reaffirmed Penfield’s strong financial health with an Aa1 rating. This is always welcome news, and it is especially meaningful as we manage the Town’s finances during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Penfield’s Aa1 rating—just one step from Moody’s highest possible Aaa rating—is notably one of the highest of all recent Moody’s ratings of municipalities in Monroe County and the state of New York. Further, the Aa1 rating exceeds the US cities median of Aa3. The key credit factors include a robust financial position, a light debt burden, and a moderate pension liability. It also reflects a strong wealth and income profile and a solid tax base.

The debt burden of the Town is low and is aligned with the Aa1 rating. Penfield's net direct debt to full value (0.4%) is lower than the US median, and has remained stable from 2015 to 2019. The Town’s cash balance as a percent of operating revenues is far superior to other Moody's-rated cities nationwide.

Moody’s report stated: “We regard the coronavirus outbreak as a social risk under our environmental, social and governance framework, given the substantial implications for public health and safety and the economy. We do not see any material immediate credit risks for Penfield.”

This is particularly welcome news at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has created serious financial strain on many municipalities, especially those that rely on tourism and entertainment for much of their revenue. While Penfield is indeed experiencing revenue loss from recreation programs, sales tax, and mortgage taxes, our tradition of strong financial discipline has eased some of the pain. We are reducing planned spending for the remainder of 2020. The 2021 budget process is underway and proceeding conservatively. 

Moody’s Corporation is among the world's most respected, widely utilized sources for credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody’s publishes market-leading credit opinions, research, and commentary that reach institutions and users around the globe. The Town of Penfield has held Moody’s positive Aa1 rating since 2016. This report reinforces the town’s reputation for fiscal leadership and strong management practices. 

Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


August 3, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, August 3

As we enter our sixth month of managing town government in the coronavirus pandemic, allow me to give you an update on what is happening in Town facilities as we head into August: 

  • The Town Hall will continue to operate with appointment-only in-person transactions. Security will remain at the east entrance until at least Friday, September 4 to ensure that all visitors are wearing masks and complete the required health checks. The west entrance is reserved for employee use. Reminder…it is necessary to make appointments with departments you need to do business with so staff and security are prepared for your arrival.
  • We will continue to use Zoom for all Town meetings through at least the end of the year; public participation will continue to be available by phone and email. We will continue to work within NYS guidelines, and when it is appropriate for us to return to in-person meetings we will let everyone know.      
  • The Department of Public Works continues to be busy with usual summer activities of patching, paving, tree work, ditch cleaning, field preparation for sports, and pump station maintenance. Facilities employees continue with extra cleaning and disinfection efforts at all of our buildings in addition to their usual maintenance activities. 
  • The Penfield Public Library has seen a good response from patrons able to get back to some normal visits following masking and physical distancing protocols to protect themselves and the library team. Security will remain stationed at least through Friday, September 4 at the main door of the Penfield Community Center in order to perform health checks and ensure that masking requirements are met before visitors enter the building.
  • Recreation summer day camp has been going very well and the dedicated staff are doing everything possible to protect our youngest residents. To reduce the number of individuals entering the facility, parents continue to utilize the drive-up station to the rear entrance and drop off campers at the door where a staff member is waiting for them. The rear entrance remains locked to the public. Recreation staff continue to plan with the intent of providing safe programming in the fall for participants of all ages! Additionally, we have held three very successful concerts at the amphitheater and expect to continue on with three more in August.
  • Town Court will see a bit more activity this coming week; however, the number of cases will be at significantly reduced levels and additional cleaning will be in place. Security officers are taking extra safety measures related to COVID-19 on top of the typical safety screenings already in place for those attending court proceedings.

I cannot thank Town staff enough for all their efforts over the past several months to make sure we are operating safely while providing customer service and protecting the residents we are interfacing with each week. I thank Penfield residents for working with us under new protocols and procedures. It is our goal to keep local government moving smoothly as we tend to the business of the Town of Penfield and meet your daily needs. To all who have made appointments with staff, attended amphitheater performances or summer day camps, thank you for cooperating with safety protocols—you are doing your part to keep the Penfield community safe for all. 

The message continues to be the same…wear your mask, maintain proper distancing, wash and sanitize your hands, and disinfect hard surfaces after use.  

Be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain




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