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December 11, 2017
Supervisor's column December 11, 2017

Each year the Penfield Business Chamber receives nominations for the Penfield Pride Award category. This award recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building, creates a vibrant new look, and becomes a positive addition to Penfield's proud community. This year’s winner is Aspenleiter Sewing and Vacuum located at 2106 Five Mile Line Road. Congratulations and many thanks to owner Terry Williams and his team for all they do for the Penfield Community. The building looks wonderful! The business is growing and providing a valuable service to our community and beyond.

The Chanukah holiday begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12 and runs through Wednesday, December 20. In celebration of Chanukah the Town of Penfield’s 4th annual menorah lighting will take place this Thursday, December 14, at 6:00 PM in Schaufelberger Park in the Four Corners. All are welcome to attend this ceremony. For more information, please contact Amy Steklof in the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8629 or steklof@penfield.org

The latest edition of the Penfield Recreation Winter/Spring 2018 program brochure is in the mail and should be delivered to homes this week. It is also available online at www.penfieldrec.org. Be sure to check out all of the new programs being offered in the next several months. Registration begins January 2 for Penfield residents. Early registration will be available for programs of high community interest so don’t miss out! Log on to www.penfieldrec.org to sign up for your favorite programs before they fill up.

I am reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), Zone A that everyone enjoys holiday shopping—including the “bad guys” who like to shop in our cars. At this time of year, the MCSD receives an increase in the number of reports of vehicle break-ins. They want to remind us all to make sure our vehicles are always locked, even in our driveways. Do not leave gifts or valuables in your car overnight, be aware of your surroundings, park well-lit area, and have your cell-phone in-hand. For more safety tips and information, please visit https://www2.monroecounty.gov/sheriff-index.php

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Why not enjoy a FREE breakfast with Santa this coming Saturday, December 16 from 8:30 to 11:00 AM at Don’s Original Restaurant? This breakfast is FREE with a donation to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). The breakfast includes two pancakes, two sausage links, juice, and coffee. The PEFS was established in 1997 to meet the emergency food needs of Penfield residents. The organization operates entirely on food and monetary donations. So come enjoy breakfast at Don’s Original with family and friends while supporting a wonderful organization—our local food shelf. I hope to see you there!

With the snow over the weekend and additional lake effect predicted for later this week, I would like to again remind all residents that snow plow rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 AM to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. Thank you for your cooperation on this public safety matter. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works at 340-8710. Additionally, if we receive shovelable snow, please remember to keep fire hydrants on or near your property clear to allow easy and unrestricted access by firefighters in the event they need to connect for a fire. Keeping hydrants clear will save valuable moments during an emergency. Our volunteer firefighters from Penfield, West Webster, and Northeast Fire Districts all thank you in advance!

Please note that all town offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas and on Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

Until next week, enjoy the winter weather that has finally joined us. Please drive safely and watch out for our children waiting for school buses, pedestrians, and joggers throughout our community. If you are out in the dark, please wear reflective clothing and use flashlights to make sure you are seen by drivers.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


December 5, 2017
Town Board press conference to provide timeline regarding efforts to purchase Shadow Pines property

The Penfield Town Board will hold a press conference on Wednesday, December 6 at 11:00 AM in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium (3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526) to provide a detailed timeline of events in the Town of Penfield’s efforts to purchase the Shadow Pines property from Dolomite/Oldcastle.

The Town Board is providing this information to clarify steps the Town has taken to date to purchase the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite, supporting the Moratorium Committee’s recommendation to purchase the property in September 2016. 

The timeline identifies key milestones and communications between the Town and Dolomite, and demonstrates how the timing of critical steps unfolded in a way that led to the Town Board’s recent decision to finance the purchase by Permissive Referendum—rather than by an up or down vote through Public Referendum—as the most likely successful purchase option acceptable to Dolomite given Penfield’s legal requirements and Dolomite’s stated firm closing deadline. 

The timeline will be posted on the project page of the Town’s website following the press conference (link below). Supporting documents are available upon request. 

To learn more about The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Golf_The_Shadows


December 4, 2017
Supervisor's column December 4, 2017

Last week the five members of the Harris Whalen LEGO Team attended the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) meeting to present their tournament project on cleaning up the waterways in Penfield. The team concentrated on Harris Whalen Park to show how litter and other pollutants can find their way from a catch basins, yard inlets, and open pipe into storm sewers which flow to Irondequoit Creek, then on to Irondequoit Bay, and ultimately to Lake Ontario. They have developed a sign and other educational materials to share with the school and community. These five young men are to be recognized for their community interest and spirit; they represent our future and I am confident we are in great hands!

Friday morning I had the honor of participating in the 2017 “Drive 4 UR Community” check presentation at the Bay View YMCA. In recent years, Henderson Ford and Family First Credit Union have partnered together in an effort to help out the local community. For every test drive, Family First Credit Union and Henderson Ford donated $20 per driver towards the YMCA of Greater Rochester’s Annual Campaign up to $6,000. This was the 4th annual “Drive 4UR Community” which has now donated $23,600 to the YMCA’s annual campaign. Their support enables families and individuals who would otherwise not have the independent financial means to join the Y to do so. Many families have benefitted from this generous campaign. I would like to recognize Henderson Ford’s President Randy Henderson and Operations Manager Aki Henderson, as well as Family First Credit Union’s President/CEO Tom Dambra and Controller Pamela Ricci, for their commitment to the Penfield/Webster Communities. 

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, December 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. December proceeds will go directly to help support Cameron Community Ministries and their mission to provide hope to our community through emergency services, engagement, education and empowerment by offering after-school and summer programs, meals, an emergency pantry, and a clothing house. So bring the whole family! Meet up with old friends or make new ones. There will also be a special guest for this Flapjack Saturday…Santa will be joining you for breakfast! Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding. For more information and details, please visit www.fbpenfield.org

Over the weekend, I was honored to assist in the ribbon-cutting for the opening of K2 Brothers Brewing located at 1221 Empire Blvd. K2 Brothers Brewing is a NYS Farm/Micro Brewery owned and operated by brothers Kyle and Bradley Kennedy with the support of their family and friends. I was impressed with the renovation of the property and their attention to details in all aspects of the business. Small businesses are the cornerstone of Penfield’s commercial districts and we are delighted that residents Kyle & Brad and their families are part of our great community. Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful business! 

From the date of this column there are 20 shopping days until Christmas. Please support all of our local businesses when looking for your holiday gifts. Penfield businesses stand ready to support you in so many ways with products and gift cards. Also, please remember to pick-up your tree from one of our many farms and garden centers across the town. Remember…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

A special thank you to the Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) for providing the annual tree in the Four Corners at Schaufelberger Park. For more information about the PBC please visit their website at www.penfieldbusiness.org

Hopefully you have enjoyed the recent mild weather. However, all good things come to an end! As cooler temperatures and mixed precipitation arrive please drive carefully for your safety and that of the other drivers and pedestrians. We want everyone to enjoy their holidays with family and friends.

Until next week, 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


November 27, 2017
Supervisor's column November 27, 2017

Santa’s Little Elf Training Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 9 at the Dolomite Lodge from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and again from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Does your family have what it takes to be elves? Why not find out be enrolling in Santa’s official elf training seminar? Learn the basics of what it takes to be Santa’s helper. Meet Santa himself and take part in this ultimate training program. Register as a family for just $5.00 and choose your preferred time. Register online at www.penfieldrec.org or at the Recreation Office. For more information call 340-8655 and select option 0.

I attended the 4th annual Pen Web Rotary Clubs Brew and Dinner pairing last week at the Penfield Country Club for a wonderful four-course meal paired with Lost Borough Brewery selections. PenWeb Rotary has provided grants to the following wonderful organizations: Avenue D Reading Program, Bayview YMCA, Bovina Child Advocacy, Books for the World, Building Minds in South Sudan, Gigis Playhouse, Honor Flight, House of Mercy, Meals on Wheels, Moonshadow Spirit, Warrior Salute, and Water for South Sudan. 

The next concert of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO), entitled Music to Warm Your Heart, will be held on Monday, December 4 at 7:30 PM. All PSO concerts are held at the Penfield High School Auditorium. For more information about this concert and all of PSO’s wonderful concerts, please visit www.penfieldsymphony.org. This concert is being sponsored by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust.

The last guided scenic trek by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Thousand Acre Swamp. This hike will tour paths and boardwalks on the Nature Conservancy’s Thousand Acre Swamp. A variety of habitats including woods, meadows and a pond will be covered. The guide will emphasize winter nature lore such as identifying trees in their winter dress, looking for tacks (if there is snow) and other signs of animals. Meet at the rear of Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance building on Jackson Road and look for the hike signs.

General FYI…starting this week the Assessor’s Office will begin mailing exemption renewals for the 2018 Assessment Roll. The Enhanced STAR income limit for 2018 remains at $86,000.

Looking for a unique and always appreciated gift for someone? Give your friend or loved one a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird Road or over the phone with a credit card. (Call 340-8655, option 0.) Gift certificates are good for any of Penfield Recreation’s programs or services. Give them a gift they can use…the gift of wellness!

With the nice weather over the Thanksgiving holiday many residents were able to get the last of their leaves cleaned up and many were brought to the edge of roadways. Please make sure your leaves do not cover catch basins and storm drains to help prevent flooding…thank you.

Important dates and events in history: November 28, 1775 – The Continental Navy is established by the Continental Congress; December 2, 1823 – The Monroe Doctrine is affirmed by President James Monroe in an address to Congress; December 3, 1818 – Illinois is the 21st state admitted to the Union; and December 4, 1619 – The first Thanksgiving is celebrated.

Until next week, enjoy the unseasonably nice weather as we head into December!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


November 21, 2017
Bond resolutions adopted to purchase Shadow Pines property

The Penfield Town Board adopted bond resolutions for the acquisition of the Shadow Pines property for $3,650,000 from Dolomite/Oldcastle at a special legislative session on November 20. The property will be used for governmental and/or public uses as determined by the Town Board in the future.

This action by the Town Board is the latest milestone in the Town’s efforts to purchase the Shadow Pines property, providing a path to funding should the purchase occur. To date, the Town and Dolomite have signed a Letter of Intent for the transaction and the SEQR environmental requirements have been met. The Purchase Agreement is currently being negotiated and is not final.

The Town Board’s original intent for the process was to conduct a Public Referendum—a straight up or down vote by residents—on the purchase of the Shadow Pines property. However, in the current draft of the Purchase Agreement, Dolomite requires a closing date of no later than January 31, 2018, and Dolomite’s legal counsel has informed the Town that Dolomite will not consider an extension of the closing date beyond January 31. Dolomite’s position does not allow the Town sufficient time to conduct a Public Referendum which can take 60 to 75 days. With the Public Referendum option taken away, the Town Board chose an alternative path forward with bond resolutions that, according to New York State law, are subject to a Permissive Referendum.

A Permissive Referendum is a legislative tool in which a board’s decision stands unless it is challenged by citizen petition for a Public Referendum, in which case the board is obligated to conduct a Public Referendum. For those residents who prefer that the Town Board hold a Public Referendum, New York State has specific rules and procedures for this process.

Residents who want to pursue a petition for a Public Referendum are required by law to engage in a process that requires five percent of Penfield voters who voted in the 2014 gubernatorial election to sign a petition calling for a Public Referendum. The numbers for that are five percent of 13,683 voters, which would require a minimum of 685 qualified signatures. Petitions must follow a specific format and be submitted to the Town Clerk within 30 days following the adoption of the resolutions. (See the law at New York Consolidated Laws, Town Law - TWN § 91. Referendum on petition.) 

If the Town does acquire the Shadow Pines property the purchase will cost the average household valued at $190,000 approximately an additional $11 a year in town taxes over 29 years. Additional ownership costs would depend on future use and maintenance requirements.

The Town will continue to provide updates throughout the process.

To learn more about The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Golf_The_Shadows

Media Contacts

R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor 585.340.8630

Phyllis Ely, Communications 585.340.8647


November 20, 2017
Supervisor's column November 20, 2017

I am using this week’s column to provide an update on the Town’s efforts to purchase the Shadow Pines property, as there have been many moving parts and very compressed timelines for this proposed transaction. If you are following this topic, you will recall that on September 29, 2017 the Town of Penfield signed a Letter of Intent for Purchase and Sale of Real Property Shadow Pines Golf Course with Dolomite Products Company, Inc. Since then, the Town and Dolomite have been working to complete a Purchase Agreement based on the terms in the Letter of Intent. In addition, the Town also completed a SEQR environmental review for acquisition and is pursuing financing for the purchase.

That leads us to tonight, November 20, when the Town Board will hold a special legislative session at 7:00 PM to vote on bond resolutions to finance the purchase of the Shadow Pines property for $3,650,000 from Dolomite. The property will be used for governmental and/or public uses as determined by the Town Board in the future.

The Town Board’s original intent was to conduct a Public Referendum—a straight up or down vote by residents—on the purchase of the Shadow Pines property. However, in the current draft of the Purchase Agreement, Dolomite requires a closing date of no later than January 31, 2018, and Dolomite’s legal counsel has informed the Town that Dolomite will not consider an extension of the closing date beyond January 31. Dolomite’s position does not allow the Town sufficient time to conduct a Public Referendum which can take 60 to 75 days. With the Public Referendum option taken away, the Town Board chose an alternative path forward with bond resolutions tonight that, according to New York State law, are subject to a Permissive Referendum. 

A Permissive Referendum is a legislative tool in which a board’s decision stands unless it is challenged by citizen petition for a Public Referendum, in which case the board is obligated to conduct a Public Referendum.

With respect to the purchase of the Shadow Pines property, if the bond resolutions should pass tonight, Penfield residents who prefer a formal Public Referendum on the purchase may petition and obligate the Town Board to hold a Public Referendum. Residents who support the bond resolution alternative have no formal action to take as the resolutions being proposed by the Town Board work towards that outcome.

For those residents who prefer that the Town Board hold a Public Referendum, New York State has specific rules and procedures for this process.

Residents who want to pursue a petition for a Public Referendum are required by law to engage in a process that requires five percent of Penfield voters who voted in the 2014 gubernatorial election to sign a petition calling for a Public Referendum. The numbers for that are five percent of 13,683 voters, which would require a minimum of 685 qualified signatures. Petitions must follow a specific format and be submitted to the Town Clerk within 30 days following the adoption of the resolutions. (See the law at New York Consolidated Laws, Town Law - TWN § 91. Referendum on petition.)

Should the purchase of the Shadow Pines property occur, the financing of the purchase will cost the average household valued at $190,000 approximately an additional $14 a year in Town taxes over 30 years. Additional ownership costs would depend on future use and maintenance requirements.

In 2016, the majority of the Moratorium Committee recommended that the Town of Penfield purchase the Shadow Pines property. The Penfield Town Board considered the recommendation and felt strongly that the Shadow Pines property was worth bringing into Town ownership for municipal uses rather than allowing it to be developed under its current residential zoning.

To learn more about The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Golf_The_Shadows

Tonight’s meeting will be streamed live at www.penfield.org. As always, there will be two opportunities for public comments on the agenda.

Until next week, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Tony


November 13, 2017
Supervisor's column November 13, 2017

Last Friday morning was our wakeup call that the winter season is just around the corner.  As a reminder, snow plow rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 AM to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. Vehicles in violation of this rule will be towed at the owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation on this public safety matter. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works at 340-8710.

Also during the snow season, when necessary, letters are issued to homeowners to inform them that snow being removed from their property has been pushed across the roadway in violation of New York State law, causing a public safety hazard. Section 1219 of the Vehicle and Traffic law and section 214 of the Highway Law of New York State specifically prohibit placing snow, ice or other substance upon the highway, including pavement, shoulders, and ditches. These restrictions include pushing snow across a highway or into a cul-de-sac.

Many neighbors complain about violations of this law during the winter months. Failure to comply with these laws may result in tickets and fines from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Please help keep our roadways safe for all residents in our community by plowing, blowing or shoveling snow only onto your own property. If you contract with a snow plowing service please share this communication and ask them to ensure you are in compliance with the law.

Lodge reservations for 2018 will begin on Wednesday, November 29 at 10:00 AM. Customers may reserve a lodge on-line or in person. NO phone reservations will be taken. We highly recommend that reservations be made online at www.penfieldrec.org (choose Registration and Reservation). To do so, please make sure that you have an account set up BEFORE November 29 and that you familiarize yourself with the process. Popular dates go quickly on the first day. For questions or help setting up an account, please call our office at (585) 340-8655.

I was recently informed that the town received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $29,592 from Monroe County for LaSalle’s Landing Park Improvements. We will use the grant to help expand the parking lot area and provide a loop to the driveway so residents can swing in and drop off kayaks and canoes at the dock area. This park continues to be very popular for those who wish to launch with bay access. The broader master plan for this area includes bathrooms and a picnic shelter to be developed over the next several seasons.

The 5th annual Penfield Pizza Competition will be held on Saturday, November 18 in the gym at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road starting at 6:00 PM. This is a great effort between the town’s pizzerias and the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Joseph’s Church. It is a fun and tasty fundraiser for community programs including Coats for Kids and the Penfield Ecumenical Food Cupboard.

Participating pizzerias include All-Star, Guida’s, Mark’s, and Salvatore’s. The cost is $10/person or $22/family; however, if you bring a non-perishable food item you will receive the pre-sale price of $20/family. Come one, come all, to support your favorite pizzeria!

Do you have a television, computer monitor or other unwanted electronics to dispose of? Are you curious why you see TVs and PC monitors left at the curb after trash collection? That’s because of a New York State law that went into effect in 2015 that prevents trash collectors from bringing e-waste to landfills.

So what can you do with that old TV? This weekend you have the option to bring it to an electronics recycling collection on Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 AM to noon at Rush-Henrietta High School, 1799 Lehigh-Station Road. This rain or shine event is a drive-through drop-off—you can stay in your car and volunteers will unload your electronics! There is a limit of 4 CRT TVs per vehicle. The event is sponsored by Senator Patrick Gallivan and Sunnking; proceeds will benefit the Rush-Henrietta High School. Natural Helpers. Go to www.sunnking.com for details.

I recently learned that Nels Carman celebrated his 75th birthday last Tuesday. Nels coordinates the “Nels Carman Big Band Night,” is a driver for many of our senior day/van trips, chairs the Penfield Trails Committee, participates in the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR), and supports the Recreation Department in many other activities during the year. Nels, thank you for all your support and we wish you a very happy birthday!

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org   

 


November 6, 2017
Supervisor's column November 6, 2017

This Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day. This day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans' service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954.

Our military members risk their lives every day so we can live in freedom. For all our war troubles throughout history, we have depended on our soldiers to keep our country safe and free. They had to fight for their country, while also fighting for their lives. Anytime we see or meet a veteran we should take a minute to thank them for their service to our country. I encourage everyone, especially this Veterans Day, to make it a point to reach out to a family member, friend or neighbor who has served in the military and say thank you for your service!

Would your family like to do something a bit different for the holidays this year? Why not sign up for PenRec’s “Santa’s Little Elf Training Workshop” on Saturday, December 9 at the Dolomite Lodge. Learn the basic skills to be Santa’s helper. Meet Santa himself and take part in this ultimate training program. Register as a family for $5 for one of the two programs being offered. Please register early as there will be limited enrollment. For more details go to www.penfieldrec.org.

The last two “Nels Carman Big Band Nights” of the season are scheduled for this Tuesday, November 7, and Tuesday, December 5. Both events run 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center. The fee is $1.00 at the door.

I would like to give a shout-out to the Garden Path of Penfield Garden Club and their leader, Kay Joslyn, who have generously raked and cleaned up the Pioneer Cemetery on Whalen Road since the 1990s. Additionally, the group planted a few hundred daffodil bulbs at the cemetery which will be a beautiful sight this coming spring. Penfield is fortunate to have residents who care so much about their community and perform these acts of kindness that benefit everyone…thank you Garden Path of Penfield Garden Club!

Looking for some interesting programs about art, wellness, science, history, literature, or special interest topics? If so, you need to check out Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR)—it is wisdom at its finest! DEAR has become an important staple to adults who understand the significance of engaging in intellectual, socially viable cognitive activities to help keep their minds sharp and alert. Participants reshape the way they spend leisure time and meet new and interesting people along the way.  For a listing of all the wonderful programs offered each week, please visit www.penfieldrec.org.

Bri-Pen Senior Rides continues to grow and support our seniors 65+ who live within Brighton or Penfield with FREE volunteer transportation for medical appointments or religious services. Please call to make an appointment five business days in advance at 340-8674.

If you have not checked out the fall offerings of the Penfield Public Library, please do not wait another moment—programs include Nutcracker Storytime, Tales for Tails, Gingerbread House Workshop, Library Lego Lab, Doll’s Winter Tea Party, Family Game Day, and more. For all the details please go to  www.penfieldlibrary.org.

Please note that all Penfield Town Offices and the Penfield Library will be closed on Friday, November 10 in recognition of Veterans Day.

Until next week, enjoy the drier weather that is forecast in the coming days. This will give everyone an opportunity to ready their yards and property for the winter season ahead.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


October 30, 2017
Supervisor's column October 30, 2017

Over the weekend I had the honor of presenting the “Best Penfield Scene” at the 13th Annual Penfield Art Association Autumn Show and Sale at Legacy Willow Pond. Each year it is a difficult to choose from all the wonderful works by the many members of the Penfield Art Association. This year’s winner is “Smith Road Cemetery, Gloria Drive” and the artist is Patricia Gough.

Smith Cemetery in East Penfield on Gloria Drive has about 300 graves. Originally, the road was known as Cemetery Road until it was changed to Gloria Drive in 1946. The oldest grave is that of Bethuel Smith who died on January 24, 1821. Some of the grave inscriptions are in German, indicative of the immigrants who were settling in this area of Penfield in the second half of the last century.

Congratulations to the Penfield Art Association for another very successful Autumn Show and congratulations to Pat Gough on being recognized for the “Best Penfield Scene.” I look forward to next year’s program.

The next opportunity to give blood in Penfield is for Friday, November 10 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM in the gym at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road. This blood drive is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. As a historical note, Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, along with some of his parishioners, established the Knights of Columbus in 1882 as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

To schedule your appointment to donate, please contact 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767). Streamline your donation experience and save time by visiting www.redcross.org/rapidpass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions. Power in blood…help save a life!

I would like to recognize and thank the Town’s Employee Wellness Committee for coordinating another wonderful “Wellness Fair” for all our employees and their families. More than 30 vendors were on hand to provide information and materials on a wide range of health topics from flu shots to health food choices; from stress management to acupuncture; and from hearing testing to Lifespan programs. Great job team! Another home run to help all of us make healthy choices.

Upcoming PenRec van trips/day trips: Friday, November 10, lunch at the Phelps Hotel, a historical landmark built in 1867. Depart the Community Center at 11:00 AM and return at approximately 3:00 PM. Wednesday, November 15, a visit to the Granger House in Canandaigua for a festival of trees, a fantastic holiday-themed display of decorated trees, wreaths and more on exhibit for the Christmas season. Lunch is on your own in Canandaigua. Depart the Community Center at 11:00 AM and return at 3:00 PM.

Important dates and events in history: October 29, 1929 – the New York Stock Market crashes to an all-time low (referred to as “Black Tuesday”), signaling the start of the Great Depression; November 1, 1952 – the United States detonates the 1st thermonuclear device; and November 2, 1783 – the Continental Army is disbanded.

Another reminder: With the heavy rains this past weekend and more rain in the forecast, please remember to clear leaves from catch basins and yard inlets in front of your home. Do not pile leaves in swales or drainage ways and do not pile leaves in roadways. Thank you in advance for helping to minimize flooding in your neighborhood.  

Next Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day. Voting is the cornerstone of a democracy, but sadly far too few people vote. The ability to vote allows citizens to voice their opinion and choice on a variety of issues. In the American political system, voting allows registered citizens to cast their choice for the political leader that they believe can accurately make the choices that will better the community. Please exercise your right to vote on Tuesday the 7th…your vote does make a difference!

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


October 23, 2017
Supervisor's column October 23, 2017

Saturday evening I attended an amazing event at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute, located in Panorama Plaza, to support their annual “bully busting” program. Fifty-six local teachers came together to break a board as part of program that teaches students to protect themselves and others from bullies. I am so impressed with all the teachers who took time out of their weekend to participate and their commitment to “bully busting” in our community—they are all great role models. I also want to recognize and thank Master Kim and his staff for all they do in the Penfield community. His commitment to our youth is a benchmark with many classes, after-school programs, fun camps, and several other programs. 

I have had first-hand experience with Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute by watching both our grand-daughters gain self-confidence, self-esteem, focus, and overall sense of purpose, which will help them and all the students of the institute become future leaders. To learn more about the wonderful programs and to see the teachers break their boards, log on to www.masterkims.com

The Town Clerk’s Office will be holding a Town merchandise pre-holiday sale during the month of November “while supplies last”—it’s never too early to start your Christmas and holiday shopping! Items include:

                              Regular  Sale

Calvin Owens Book    Hard cover    $49.50   $42.00

                                      Soft cover     $34.50   $29.00

Penfield’s Past                                   $15.00   $12.50

Images of Early Penfield                  $12.50   $10.50

Memories of Penfield                       $15.00   $12.50

Penfield (Landmarks) Blanket          $40.00   $34.00

Penfield Landmark Prints:

Matted (small)                                  $15.00       $12.50

Matted (large)                                   $20.00       $17.00

Unmatted                                          $5.00         $4.00

Note Cards                                         $1.50         $1.00

Penfield Caps                                     $10.00       $8.50

At the last town board meeting, the board adopted the 2018 budget including special districts. The tax rate will remain the same at $2.69 per $1,000 of assessed property value; the budget is under the New York State required tax cap and Penfield continues to receive a “no designation” in New York State’s Fiscal Monitoring system due to one of the highest credit ratings in the state.

Also at the last town board meeting, the following students were recognized for their Fire Prevention Essays through the Monroe County Volunteer Fireman’s Association: Lawson Alexander Drabik, a 5th grader at Harris Hill – 1st place Monroe County and 1st place for Western NY; Lilly Husband, a 5th grader at Scribner Road Elementary – 2nd place for Monroe County and 2nd place for Western NY; and Jordan James Dawson, a 5th grader at Harris Hill Elementary – 6th place for Monroe County. Congratulations to these three Penfield students for raising the awareness of Fire Safety and Fire Prevention…great job Lawson, Lilly and Jordan!

Over the weekend I had the honor of cutting the ribbon for the new Dollar Tree Store located on the corner of Empire Blvd. and Bay Road. Dollar Tree took over this location and is using the entire square footage for their operation which is big, bright, and an ideal location for the area. I want to congratulate and welcome District Manager Scott, Store Manager Kathy, and their entire staff to the Penfield Community.

The next guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 10:00 AM to noon at Sherwood Fields. This is an all-seasons park for hikers in all types of weather conditions. The highlight of the park is the Commission Ditch, which bisects the property, and the variety of plants and wildlife that hikers will be able to observe. The park is located adjacent to the Fire Station just east of the intersection of Rt. 441 and Harris Road. All hikes are FREE…look for the hike signs!

A big shout-out to the Penfield Recreation Department for the wonderful family fun Halloween event this past Friday night. About 500 to 600 of our youngest residents and their parents and grandparents took part in games, crafts, hay rides, a maze, trick-or-treat, and the Penfield Fire Company ladder truck. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.

Until next week, be well and be safe! Please consider visiting one of our many farm markets for baked goods, apples, cider and many more seasonal treats. These local businesses do so much to support the Penfield Community…let’s make sure we support them!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


October 19, 2017
Penfield 2018 Town Budget Adopted

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and the Penfield Town Board adopted the Town’s Final 2018 Budget at the October 18 legislative meeting. 

The Final 2018 Budget, including special districts, is $19.1 M.  The Town Operating Budget, without special districts, is $16.2M. 

As in previous years, expenditures not under the Town of Penfield’s control continue to see double-digit increases. In 2018, this includes an estimated 10 percent increase in health insurance premiums and continued contributions to the New York State retirement system of approximately 15 to 20 percent of payroll. Though the Town was able to mitigate the cost of workers compensation by choosing a new carrier through competitive solicitation, workers compensation represents nearly six percent of payroll. 

Estimated revenues will increase due to major funding sources coming in stronger than in recent years. This is an encouraging sign of an improving economy; however, the Town continues to estimate revenue conservatively.

The 2018 town tax rate remains at $2.69 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is the same as the 2017 rate. At this rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $190,000 will be $511.10 for general governmental services. Once again, the town tax levy increase is below the increase allowed by New York State.

Penfield’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest of the 19 towns in in Monroe County. The town general taxes continue to account for approximately eight percent of each tax dollar. County taxes account for 24 percent, and school taxes account for the remaining 68 percent. 

“The Town’s share is the smallest piece of the pie accounting for approximately eight percent. With that smallest portion, we provide the necessary day-to-day services of public works, recreation, and also facets of public safety upon which residents depend,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Yet, for all the Town services provided, the monthly cost per household is a fraction of what many families spend on cable and internet each month.” 

With this Final Budget, there will be no cuts to services or programs. New services and programs for youth are coming in 2018 through partnerships with Earthworks Institute and Rochester Parkour. PenRec will also become a satellite location for OSHER, a provider of senior education programs.

Penfield’s growth rate for 2018 is again among the highest in the county. The positive impact of actual new “bricks and mortar” properties has resulted in an allowable tax base growth factor increase of nearly one percent and therefore more contributors to the tax levy. 

With its history of fiscal discipline, the financial world consistently recognizes Penfield as one of the most financially responsible towns in New York State. Moody’s Investors Service continues its Aa1 credit rating of Penfield—one of the highest in the county and state. This rating allows Penfield to secure low-interest financing for capital projects (sewers, roadways, bridges), and assists with cash flow throughout the year. The Moody’s rating also reflects Penfield’s history of stable financial operations and strong management practices.

Further, the Town of Penfield continued to receive a “no designation” in New York State’s Fiscal Monitoring system. With a score of 14.2 percent, the Town of Penfield is once again well below the 44.9 percent point that the State deems the start of possible fiscal stress. Factors included in the State’s review include cash ratio, employee salaries, debt burden, and fund balance.

As of October 20, print copies of the Final 2018 Budget are available at the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller in the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, in Penfield. The Final Budget is also available online at www.penfield.org  (go to ‘Quick Links,’ ‘Town Budget’). 

PENFIELD 2018 BUDGET TIMELINE

June to September 2017 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller and staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2018 Tentative Budget

September 6, 2017 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller present a summary of the 2018 Tentative Budget to the Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)

September 6-October 12, 2017 - Public comment period

October 4, 2017 - Public hearing on 2018 Preliminary Budget; public comments received

October 5-17, 2017 - Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget

October 18, 2017 - Town Board legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2018 Budget

October 20, 2017 - Town submits the Penfield Adopted 2018 Budget to County of Monroe, Adopted Budget made public


October 16, 2017
Supervisor's column October 16, 2017

As the leaves fall in the coming weeks and we continue to see high amounts of rain for the season, please keep an eye on yard inlets and roadside catch-basins to make sure they are not blocked with leaves and debris. Keeping them clear will help to minimize any flooding to you and your neighbors…thank you!

Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM is the next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser at the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP), 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more—all for just $5.00 per person.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month which means that this month’s proceeds will help support “Willow” Domestic Violence Center; their vision is a community free from domestic violence where healthy relationships thrive. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please visit www.fbpenfield.org

Last week Penfield Rotary and the Penfield Recreation Department held their 7th annual bike drop-off to support R Community Bikes. The group collected 115 bikes to be donated with a seven year total of 1,358 bikes from the Penfield Community. Fewer bikes going to the landfill and more bikes being provided to those less fortunate—that’s surely a win/win event!

Mark your calendars for the next Penfield Players performance entitled Red Herring, written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Donald B. Bartalo. Set in the 1950s, Red Herring spoofs the Red Scare era politics and culture sending up everything from the H-bomb to Joseph McCarthy’s daughter. Red Herring is fauxnoir gumshoe dramedy. This genre is characterized by cynicism, fatalism and moral ambiguity. Red Herring uses the standard themes of the noir detective story, hard-boiled and hard drinking detective down on his luck; sadder-but-wiser love interest, beautiful but hard-bitten; fiendish criminal; indifferent bureaucratic police force–to create something so ridiculous that audience members are compelled to giggle and snort!

Show dates are October 27, 28 and November 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. There will be a Sunday matinee on November 5 at 2:00 PM. Pre-sale tickets are $12.00 and may be purchased at the Penfield Recreation Department or by phone at 340-8655, or via the web at www.penfieldplayers.org. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $15.00. 

One last reminder…as the Bri-Pen Senior Rides continue to increase in volume they can use additional drivers and dispatchers. If you have some free time and would like to help out, please call 340-8674 to speak to a representative. 

Don’t forget the Family Halloween Fun event is this Friday, October 20 at the Community Center from 6:00 to 8:00 PM; it’s FREE fun for all ages. There will also be a 19th Century Séance with performances every half hour beginning at 5:00 PM. The cost of this event will be $5.00 at the door. (The Séance performances may not be appropriate for children under 10 years.) 

Important Dates and Events in History: October 15, 1991 – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial dedicated; October 17, 1946 – Winston Churchill proclaims “an Iron Curtain” has swept across the continent (Europe) beginning the Cold War; and October 19, 1845 – U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis is founded. 

Until next week, please remember to rake off the leaves on the yard inlets and catch basins to minimize flooding…thanks again!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org   


October 10, 2017
Supervisor's column October 10, 2017

The 2017-18 season of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, celebrating 62 years of bringing wonderful music to the Penfield and Rochester communities, begins Monday, October 23 under the leadership of Dr. David Harman Music Director. This first concert, entitled Old World – New World and sponsored by Heathwood Assisted Living, features soloist Mark Kellogg who was the principal trombone with the RPO from 1989 to 2017.

All PSO concerts are held at the Penfield High School Auditorium and begin at 7:30 PM. Free rides to the concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774; please call two weeks before concerts. For more information on this concert and the 2017-18 schedule, please log-on at www.penfieldsymphony.org.

I received the numbers from Monroe County on the Penfield-Webster Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held on September 16. This event served 530 residents; approximately 15.6 tons of hazardous materials was collected and kept from entering our ecosystem through storm and sanitary sewers or improper disposal into area landfills. The county reports that this was a record collection for the amount of residents served and material collected.

A reminder to all residents, the 2018 budget is online for review. The town board will be collecting any and all comments until Monday, October 16. If you would like to sit down with me and/or our comptroller please contact my office at 340-8630 to arrange a time to meet. The town board plans to adopt the 2018 budget at their legislative session on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 PM.

Two things to remember this coming Saturday, October 14: First, the Penfield Trails Committee will be hosting a guided hike at Lucien Morin Park from 10:00 AM to noon. Meet at Empire Blvd. at the south end of Irondequoit Bay, there is a Monroe County Parks sign and driveway entrance just east of MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room. Second, the annual Penfield recycling day will be held from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the DPW facility, 1607 Jackson Road. Materials accepted for recycling are metals and appliances, brush, and clothing. There will also be a secure document destruction vehicle on site to shred confidential documents. Please note that NO ELECTRONICS will be accepted.

In speaking recently with Penfield Librarian Bernadette Brinkman, she asked me to pass along appreciation to all in the Penfield community who took part in the annual Friends of Penfield Public Library (FPPL) book sale. The sale was an unqualified success, yielding proceeds that exceeded those of last year. The FPPL are already looking forward to next year’s event. Here are some little-known facts about the book sale:

-All money raised goes to fund programming for all ages at the library and to purchase items that directly benefit library patrons, thus saving money for Penfield taxpayers.

-The library accepts donations of materials for the sale all year long, during library open hours.

-A hard-working team of volunteers works for a full year ahead of each book sale, sorting donated materials into categories to make browsing for bargains at the sale easier to find.

-This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Friends’ book sale.

-If you missed the book sale, surplus donations are available to acquire whenever the library is open.  

I would like to close with a bright spot in our community. I understand that approximately 12 Penfield girls (2nd and 4th graders) who all attend Cobbles Elementary School started a “Caring Club” with the focus of community caring. This past Saturday morning they held a bake sale. The rain did not seem to deter them, rather it made the fun more memorable. This group of young ladies raised over $400 in two hours to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund and Golisano’ s Children’s Hospital. For all our residents who stopped by to support them…thank you! For all the young ladies involved in the “Caring Club,” congratulations to all of you for your support and compassion for those who were impacted or are ill. All of you are wise beyond your years and are a shining example of what community is all about. Great job ladies, you hit a home run!

Until next week, let’s learn from these 12 young ladies, help a senior citizen neighbor with a small project, perform a random act of kindness for someone, or take a moment to spend some time at one of our senior living facilities. You will be amazed at the impact your kindness will have on them and yourself!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


October 5, 2017
A message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding Shadow Pines property

October 5, 2017

Dear Moratorium Committee Members and residents of Penfield:

I would like to provide an update on the Town of Penfield’s actions to purchase the Shadow Pines golf course from Dolomite/Oldcastle as recommended by the Shadow Pines/Shadow Lake Community Moratorium Advisory Committee. 

On September 29, 2017 the Town of Penfield signed a Letter of Intent for Purchase and Sale of Real Property Shadow Pines Golf Course.

Both parties are working now to complete a Purchase Agreement. Based on the Letter of Intent, we are looking to complete the process in 30 business days or less from the date of execution, September 29, 2017.

The Town of Penfield is working to complete SEQR environmental review. We are also in discussions with bond counsel and financial advisors. 

I will provide updates on our progress as we hit key milestones.  

To learn more about The Shadows go to http://www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php .

Sincerely,

R. Anthony LaFountain

Penfield Town Supervisor


October 3, 2017
Passport Night in Penfield Oct 17, 2017

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.” 

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $25 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello.  "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00.  Passport photos remain at $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-passports.php . Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance.  Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

Passport processing time typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process. 

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians or one parent or guardian may appear, if and only if, the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 along with a copy of their Driver License.




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