I am frequently asked about what is - or what will be - going on in different parts of the town as our Public Works employees, lead by Director Ronnie Williams, implement their summer work program. The following is a brief snapshot of some visible projects: Sidewalks along Jackson Road from the 911 Memorial to Penfield Center Road were completed last week; a drainage project in the southeast quadrant of the Four Corners is currently underway to clean out silt, trees and to update old and various-sized culvert pipes to improve flow; the original section of the Highway Department floor drains have been tied into the sanitary sewer system via an oil separator consistent with Health Department and Department of Environmental Conservation protocols, and we will also be excavating a portion of the front parking lot to address petroleum contamination from decades ago; now that school is out we will begin work at several of the Penfield School District properties for paving and drainage, continuing a long relationship that helps keep costs low for the district; continuation of sidewalks along Empire Blvd. in the area of Plank Road will start soon; road work for Monroe County on Plank and Salt Roads will start next week; the first portion of the Baird Road rehabilitation from just north of Atlantic Ave. to the United Methodist Church will begin after the 4th of July; the Eastside Annex will be relocating to the Don Mack Building and the current facility in front of the Highway Department (aka "The Yellow House") will be razed; Philbrick Park will see a significant clean up including the removal of the metal Quonset hut and other debris; several miles of sanitary sewers will be televised, cleaned and repaired as necessary; we will continue to expand walkways at Rothfuss Park with the goal to have a safe walkway to the Town Hall complex; and several more drainage ditch projects are scheduled for cleaning right through autumn. I would like to take a moment to recognize all the members of the Public Works Department for their hard work and dedication to improving our community!
This past weekend the Penfield High School Class of 1962 dedicated a plaque in memory of 2nd LT. Tom King who was one of the first members of the military to be killed in Vietnam in 1967. The Veterans' Memorial behind the Town Hall is a wonderful area to remember members of the armed services who gave so much for our country. The addition of Tom's plaque to the memorial site was a very moving experience for everyone involved, and I was honored to formally accept the plaque on behalf of the entire community of Penfield.
The Penfield High School Robotics Team performed its annual clean up of the Rt. 441/Panorama Trail ramps collecting garbage and debris to help make our community look better at these locations for everyone who passes through this area...thank you team for your efforts, you consistently give back to your town and it is recognized and appreciated!
The Independence Day parade lineup is taking shape with close to 75 different organizations, community groups, bands and floats taking part this coming Saturday. We will be optimistic about the weather and look forward to another great celebration. I look forward to seeing you along the parade route on Saturday.
I would like to recognize and thank Karyn Turner and all the volunteer members of Dayton's Corners School for hosting their annual open house and pie social this past Sunday. I did partake in several pieces of pie strictly to support the school! Dayton's Corners School is a former one-room school building erected in 1857 and sits at the corner of Plank Road and Creek Street. It is the only one-room school house in the area that is still standing and has not been converted to some other use. The building was designated as a Penfield Landmark in 1983, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 2001. For more details about the school or how to volunteer, please log on at www.penfield.org .
Until next week, be well and be safe!