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September 30, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Sep 29: Fall drop-off and recycling for Penfield residents October 2-3

As a reminder, Fall Drop-off and Recycling for Penfield residents is coming up this Friday, October 2 (7:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and Saturday, October 3 (7:30 AM to 3:00 PM) at the Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Please note this is NOT an electronics recycling event. 

On both Friday and Saturday you can drop off metals and appliances, yard brush (no leaves or grass), clothing and linens at the St. Pauly shed, and donate returnable bottles and cans at the scout collection shed. 

On Saturday only, Eco-Green Park certified document destruction (www.eco-greenpark.com) will be on site to safely dispose of confidential papers.  

MATERIALS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED: Household items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush.

MATERIALS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Household electronics (including TVs, computers, monitors, copiers), propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, and driveway sealer. For items of this nature and more, see Monroe County Ecopark “locator” at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

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

To dispose of televisions and electronics contact retailers that sell those products. Do not leave on curb, New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.

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

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


September 23, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Sep 23: NEQALS/Webster EMS and Red, White and Blue activities

Last weekend I had the honor of attending two very important events that I would like to share with you. The first was a ground breaking ceremony for the Northeast Quadrant Advance Life Support (NEQALS) and Webster Emergency Medical Services (EMS) new headquarters facility on Jackson Road. Since its inception, NEQALS has been housed in a pole barn, warehouse and garage while providing emergency services to Webster, north Penfield and Ontario. After many years of fundraising they acquired the property and have secured the remaining funding needed to move forward with this very important community project.

CEO/President Ahmed Mustafa recognized the NEQALS/Webster EMS for the service they provide to the residents in their district. EMS providers are a key foundation in every community, providing immediate medical care to the people who most need it. Without their response and care, many more heart attacks, medical emergencies, and accidents would lead to fatalities. EMS providers give us all a better quality of life and peace of mind.

This leads me to the other celebration I had the honor of attending—the Red, White and Blue (Fire, EMS and Police) Appreciation Day sponsored by Lighthouse Bible Baptist church, featuring guest speaker and Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Beikirch.

Sergeant Beikirch delivered an amazing and inspirational speech honoring all emergency services providers. He is one of 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients whose combat valor and civic heroics is enshrined in the National Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Sergeant Beikirch received the Medal of Honor on October 15, 1973. He also received the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Combat Medic Badge, and Vietnamese Airborne Wings. Additionally, on September 22, 2012, the Second Battalion of the Fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne) named the new Battalion Operations Complex “Beikirch Hall” in his honor.

After active-duty military service, Sergeant Beikirch continued to dedicate himself to others. He became an ordained minister of the United Baptist Fellowship and spent many years as a counselor in schools, prisons, hospitals and with the Veterans Outreach Center. He currently serves as chaplain for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

On behalf of the entire town of Penfield, I would like to recognize and thank all of our emergency services providers for their time, extensive training, and dedicated service to all our communities.

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 


September 21, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Sep 21: Penfield Art Association’s 2020 Annual Show and Sale

The pandemic has impacted a number of programs and events over the last six months, and that holds true for the Penfield Art Association’s Annual Show and Sale. Due to social distancing guidelines associated with COVID-19, the art group will host an online show and sale this year instead of their traditional on-site exhibit at the Legacy at Willow Pond. Also due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s exhibit will not be juried. 

The virtual show and sale—featuring 51 paintings by 29 artists—will open for viewing on Thursday, October 1. To view the artwork, go to the “news” page at www.penfieldartassociation.com. If you are looking for a unique gift of art, keep in mind that many of the paintings will be for sale.

The Autumn 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 about 100 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. For more information, please contact Marilyn Nosky at msnosk@rochester.rr.com or visit their website at www.penfieldartassociation.com.  

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

 


September 17, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Sep 17: 2021 Tentative Budget presented

At last night’s Town Board meeting, Director of Finance Barbara Chirdo and I presented the 2021 “Tentative Budget” to the board and our residents. As you may imagine, this was a very difficult budget to put together in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected everyone since early this year along with not knowing what the long-term impact will be through 2021. 

The proposed town budget totals $20,632,799, a decrease of $38,593. The Town share of the tax levy increased $20,377 and is below the tax cap by $475,000. The tax rate for 2021 will be the same as 2020 at $2.78. Town taxes account for 8 cents of every dollar, county taxes are 24 cents and the school taxes are 68 cents. The average tax bill for Penfield governmental services in 2021 will be $569.90 per household, this represents a house valued at $205,000.

Revenue loss, especially in sales tax, has been the most difficult to predict, not only for 2020 but as we head into 2021 not knowing the further impact of COVID-19. Additionally, we have been informed that starting in the fourth quarter of this year and lasting for the next two years, the governor will be taking $50 million annually off the top of sales tax to set aside for hospital and senior living centers impacted by the pandemic. He will withhold another $200 million from New York City.

I was very supportive of the board not wanting to raise the tax rate at a time when many Penfield families are struggling with furloughs, reduced work hours to support children in school, and layoffs. This is a time for all of us, especially government, need to pull together to work through the pandemic impacts and provide a stable tax base for our residents. 

Next steps as it relates to the 2021 budget: The Tentative Budget is posted on the Town Budget webpage for review; printed copies will be available at the Penfield Library and by appointment with the Finance Office. After last night’s presentation the Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget; the board will hold a public hearing on the Preliminary Budget on October 7; any and all comments relating to the budget will be accepted through October 14; and the town board will look to adopt the budget on October 21. 

If any resident has questions or would like to discuss the budget, please call either Barbara Chirdo (340-8621) or me (340-8630).

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


September 11, 2020
Fall resident drop-off and recycling Oct 2-3

The Town of Penfield will host a two-day combined fall drop-off and recycling event for Penfield residents on Friday, October 2 (7:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and Saturday, October 3 (7:30 AM to 3:00 PM) at its Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. 

Services for both Friday and Saturday: metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), clothing and linens donations, and bottle and can collection.

Saturday only: secure document destruction.

There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling at this event. 

MATERIALS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED: Household items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush.

MATERIALS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Household electronics (including TVs, computers, monitors, copiers), propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, and driveway sealer. For items of this nature and more, see Monroe County Ecopark “locator” at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

“Spring Drop-off in May was cancelled in compliance with public health guidelines for COVID-19. We’re happy to reschedule the service this calendar year before winter—it made sense to combine Drop-off with our annual Fall Recycling Day and make it a two-day event. Many families used their time at home to clear out and clean up, so there’s a lot of demand for disposal and recycling. Those who cleaned files can come by Saturday only to safely dispose of confidential and sensitive documents,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “People can also donate clothing at the St. Pauly shed and drop their returnable cans and bottles in the Scouts’ collection shed.”

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

Event Resources:

***To dispose of items NOT collected at this event consider:

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

To dispose of televisions and electronics contact retailers that sell those products. Do not leave on curb, New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.


September 11, 2020
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: September 11th Remembrance

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


September 8, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Sep 8: Mum fundraiser at Bauman’s to support Shepherd Home

I regularly encourage residents to support local businesses and organizations and am known to say that “strong businesses make a strong community,” for when we support our local businesses they return the favor and support organizations in our community. Mutual support within our community is a perfect example of what makes Penfield a great place to live and raise a family. 

That’s why I am happy to help spread the word that Penfield’s Shepherd Home and Bauman’s Farm Market have again partnered to offer a mum sale from September 8 through October 31 to benefit the important work of the Shepherd Home. 

Just stop in at Bauman's, pick out your favorite three-gallon mums, and when you check out tell them it's for Shepherd Home at checkout! Mums are $10.99 each, and for every mum sold 50% percent will go to the Shepherd Home to continue their beautiful mission of providing comfort and compassionate care to members of our community with a terminal illness, in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual and meets their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Although the Shepherd Home has temporarily paused resident care due to the coronavirus pandemic, their mission continues and so must fundraising so they are prepared to resume resident care when it is safe to do so.  

Bauman’s is located in Penfield at 1340 Five Mile Line Rd. The Shepherd Home is located at 1959 Five Mile Line Road. Learn more about the Shepherd Home at https://www.shepherdhome.org/ 

Best wishes for a successful fundraiser! 

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

 


September 8, 2020
A Message from the Tax Receiver’s Office: How to pay School Taxes

We are not accepting in person payments due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, below are other payment options:    

  • Drop the payment in the mail, check payable to Krystina H. Lizak, Tax Receiver, 3100 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
  • Drop the payment in our lockbox in front of our east side entrance to our building, a receipt will be mailed once your payment is processed. Please note, due to COVID, receipt mailing may be delayed at least one week. Thank you for your patience. 
  • Pay online at https://www.monroecounty.gov/, no charge will be billed to you for using this service due to COVID
  • Full tax payments with a check are also accepted at M&T in Panorama Plaza or at 441 & Route 250

Full details available at the School Tax Bill webpage: http://www.penfield.org/Tax_Bill_Schools.php

Thank you,

Krystina H. Lizak   

Receiver of Taxes

(585)340-8625


September 4, 2020
Tastin' the Blues 2020

This year's Tastin' the Blues will look a little different, but you can still enjoy live blues music and great food!

Tastin' the Blues poster


September 4, 2020
Penfield to allow residential "backyard chickens"

The Penfield Town Board adopted an amendment to Chapter 250 of the Town Code at its September 2 legislative meeting that will allow residents who live in single-family detached housing to keep a small flock of chickens for the sole purpose of egg production for personal use. A permit from Building/Zoning is required for this practice. This Ordinance, known as “Residential Chickens,” is effective immediately.

Before this change, Town Code required lot size of at least five acres to raise chickens. Under the new legislation, residents may own a designated number of chickens according to lot size: one-half acre or less may own six chickens; one-half to two acres may own 10 chickens, and two to five acres may own 15 chickens. The Ordinance establishes many rules regarding structures, maintenance, and ownership to protect public health and safety as well as the health of the animals. 

The Town received a petition in May proposing a change to Town Code to give property owners with lot sizes of less than five acres the ability to raise a small flock of well-maintained backyard chickens for egg production per personal use. Proponents cited that access to fresh eggs improves food security by providing a “source of healthy protein to many who might otherwise struggle to regularly provide this nutrition to their families.”

“The coronavirus pandemic has increased the public’s interest in personal sustainability around food sources—with particular enthusiasm for planting vegetable gardens and raising chickens for eggs to ensure access to fresh, nutritious food,” said Town Board member Bob Ockenden. “This is why I proposed a modification to the ordinance to allow ‘backyard chickens’ on fewer than five acres and in most residential zoning districts in Penfield. Giving our residents the ability to be in more control of their food sources is critical during these unusual times that appear to be extending well into our future.”  

Highlights from the Ordinance state that chickens may not be slaughtered, they may not occupy any space within 25 feet of adjacent residences or structures used by humans, coops may only be located in back yards, and roosters are not permitted on property of less than five acres.

Residents who wish to own a backyard flock must apply for a Residential Chicken permit from the Building Department and follow all criteria for enclosures and maintenance. Building Code may call for a second permit depending on the intended enclosure to house chickens. Building staff will advise on an individual basis. Public health and safety, and the well-being of chickens, is a priority.  Violations of the Ordinance may result in revocation of a permit. 


September 1, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Sep 1: Broccolo Garden Center 30th anniversary

Over the weekend I had the honor of attending the “30th on the 30th” at Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road. Broccolo is celebrating 30 years in business—and 10 years at their Penfield location. I have gotten to know Laurie and Albert Broccolo and their team since they became established in Penfield. I will say the following words come to my mind when I think or them and their business model: quality, innovation, integrity, and sustainability.

The celebration included guided farm and garden tours for small groups, presentations by the Finger Lakes Museum, music by solo musician Paul Strowe and the Nightfall the Trio, and tastings from Black Button and One Hope Wine. They shared the history of the 1900 dairy farm that was once on that site followed by a ribbon-cutting for the new “Barn at Broccolo Gardens,” a classic timber framed barn set among a winding picture-perfect garden pathway.

Broccolo is in the process of preparing the barn to be used as an event venue offering 2,200 square feet of warm and rustic interior space including a loft mezzanine. The exterior balcony provides a beautiful view of the lush gardens and neighboring farmlands set just below. Outside of the barn wildflower meadows and butterfly gardens provide a photo-worthy, playful, and natural setting for celebrations, workshops, meetings or retreats. When it’s ready, those looking to use this space will have the flexibility to create a truly unique and memorable experience. 

If you have never been to Broccolo Garden Center, or if you have not been there in a while, please consider a visit to see all they have to offer the Penfield Community and surrounding region. Successful businesses make for a successful community! Congratulations to Laurie and Albert on 30 years in business and thank you for being an important part of the Penfield community.

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

 




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