As you are no doubt aware, Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the Finger Lakes region can advance to Phase 4 of the New York State Forward plan starting today, Friday June 26, 2020. In a nutshell, with the beginning of Phase 4, group gatherings can increase from 25 to 50 people, worship groups may increase to 33 percent capacity, and low-risk indoor/outdoor arts and entertainment activities can now resume.
At the town government level, Phase 4 does not bring many immediate changes. For at least the next two weeks, we will continue to operate as we have been with appointment-only access to the town hall and no access to other Town facilities. This process has been going smoothly as we successfully conduct a range of business with residents by phone, online, by drop-box, and by mail.
If you have business to conduct with the Town, please contact the specific department by phone or email. Staff will assist and advise you on how best to complete your business. If your needs can’t be handled remotely they will schedule an appointment. Here is a link to department contact information: http://www.penfield.org/Departments.php
Employees of the Penfield Library will continue with their curb-side service. DPW employees are busy with seasonal roadwork and special projects.
So what is changing? I am happy to share that our Recreation Department is getting back into the swing of things. Summer camp programming will begin on Monday, June 29. After so much uncertainty and planning for various scenarios, we are excited to be able to offer some of our summer programs this year. Due to physical distancing guidelines, participant numbers are fewer this time around but our enthusiasm has not diminished! We also look to July 6 as a tentative date for other youth and adult programs to begin. We will keep you posted on our offerings.
Earlier this week Monroe County announced that county parks are now accepting reservations for park shelters and lodges as well as reservations for use of the atrium in the Monroe County Office Building. The Town is also resuming lodge rentals on July 1. Dolomite Lodge will be available seven days a week, but because Harris Whalen Lodge will be used for summer camps it will be available Saturdays only while camps are in session. Our Facilities employees will be taking extra cleaning and disinfection measures between reservations to ensure safety for all. And lastly for recreation, starting July 6 you will start to see activity on our sports fields once again as low risk youth sports programs such as baseball and softball begin for the season. These are signs of summer we have all been eager to see!
While moving through these phases is great news for our region, we cannot forget our responsibility to continue with the four primary methods of COVID-19 containment. We must remain vigilant with physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (wear those masks!) and cleaning/disinfection practices.
We are just one week away from the July 4 Independence Day holiday and there’s still time to join in on a new celebration called “Penfield Patriotism on Parade” to showcase your creativity and patriotic spirit. To participate in this friendly competition, decorate your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at email@example.com. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights.
We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages. Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5. A voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3.
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.
Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain