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November 12, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Nov 12: Clark House and Shadow Pines Update

I’d like to share a general update on the status of the Clark House and Shadow Pines. In recent weeks, many of you will have noticed Town crews removing unhealthy and damaged trees and bushes, regular mowing around the grounds, and general site cleanup.

Just before COVID-19 hit, our Development Services Director began working with a party interested in opening a restaurant in the Clark House. Although the pandemic has slowed the process, they have remained very interested in helping to bring this local designated historic site back to a functioning facility for all to enjoy.

To that end, Plan Studio, an architectural firm specializing in historic buildings, is preparing a complete report of the condition of the Clark House with short- and long-term recommendations of what actions need to be taken to make the building useable.

The Town Board accepted the Conceptual Master Plan for the Shadow Pines property at its August 19 meeting and several different groups have been interested in discussing plans for disc golf, pickle ball and bike trails. I am sure there will be much continued discussion over the winter months.

(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.) 

Overall, the Shadow Pines property continues to be very active with hikers, birders, and cross-country races. The weather has been wonderful for all ages to enjoy more than 200 acres of meadows, trees and trails. In the coming weeks and throughout the winter our DPW staff will be removing a number of dead trees to ensure the safety of all those using the property.

Speaking of winter, if there is good snowfall and COVID-19 is not putting a damper on activities, we hope to work again with the school district to groom cross-country trails for school and town use. 

In the meantime, enjoy the property year-round, it is a wonderful community asset! With the increase in COVID-19 spread and the onset of cold weather, it’s important than ever that we all get outdoors—don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying the trails at Shadow Pines. As the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Bundle up and get outside.

As a reminder, Shadow Pines is available for passive recreation uses only, all dogs must be on leashes, and no motorized vehicles are permitted.

Our region is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. 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


November 6, 2020
Arts & Craft Fair Canceled

The Penfield Recreation DEAR fundraiser Arts and Crafts Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 7 has been cancelled for the health and safety of vendors, shoppers, and staff. 

A virtual home shopping Arts and Craft Fair is being planned in its place for Thanksgiving weekend, and a few times in December. Please watch for dates and times on Penfield Recreation's Facebook page and on our websites - www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org.


November 6, 2020
A Message from the Office of Animal Control and the Town Clerk: Dog Census Underway in Penfield

The Town of Penfield is now conducting a Dog Census to ensure all dogs older than four (4) months are properly licensed in accordance with New York State Agriculture and Market Law Article 7. The Dog Census keeps town records up to date and in compliance with New York State Law. A mailer regarding this process has been sent to all Penfield households.

Any dog living with you for more than 30 days must be licensed. Licensing ensures all dogs have been properly vaccinated against rabies for the protection of dog owners and the community. If your dog is lost, licensing increases the chances that your dog will be returned to you.  

Please follow the instructions on the mailer and return the form by mail or use the drop-off box at the east entrance of the Penfield Town Hall NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30, 2020. If you own a dog that needs to be licensed, or if you have information that needs to be updated (spay/neuter), please do so now. Even if you do not own a dog, please indicate that on the form and return it to the Town Clerk. 

Direct questions regarding the Dog Census to the Town Clerk’s Office at (585) 340-8629.

Learn more about dog license requirements at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=dog_license


October 22, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Oct 22: Fire safety messages from the Fire Marshal

October is Fire Safety Month. The Fire Marshal’s office will be sharing safety reminders throughout the month to increase public awareness and save lives. 

Have a plan and practice it!

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Different types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric, detect fire in different ways. Experts recommend having both types in your home.
  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery. 
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.

Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. Make sure everyone can escape in two minutes or less. Practice makes perfect! After each fire drill, mark down your escape time.

If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Close the Door!

Fire is spreading faster and hotter due to the use of more synthetic materials in furniture and construction. A closed door can slow the spread of fire, reduce toxic smoke levels, improve oxygen levels and decrease temperatures dramatically.

  • A closed door can mean reducing 1,000 degrees down to 100 degrees during a fire.
  • A closed door can keep carbon monoxide levels at 1,000 PPM (parts per million) instead of possibly 10,000 PPM if the door was left open during a fire.
  • A closed door keeps more oxygen in the room and away from the fire. Oxygen feeds a fire, a closed door will limit the growth of a fire to the room behind the closed door.
  • A large percentage of fires occur between 11 PM and 7 AM. A closed door when you go to sleep may help save your life during a fire. 

Please review this information with your family and neighbors, you may save a life. Direct questions or concerns to the Office of the Fire Marshal at (585) 340-8643 or FireMarshal@penfield.org 


October 22, 2020
2021 Town Budget Adopted

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and the Penfield Town Board adopted the 2021 Final Budget at the October 21 legislative meeting. The Final Budget, including special districts, totals $20,632,799, a decrease of $38,593. The Town Operating Budget without special districts is $17,768,407. 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 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Penfield’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest of the 19 towns in in Monroe County. Town taxes account for approximately 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.

As in previous years, expenditures not under the Town of Penfield’s control continued to increase including health insurance premiums and continued contributions to the New York State retirement system of approximately 11 to 22 percent of payroll. The cost of workers compensation will remain flat at nearly six percent of payroll. 

”The budget for 2021 has presented several challenges for every community as we work through the effects of the pandemic and the financial impacts it has presented in 2020 that will continue well into 2021,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “With the loss in revenue from sales tax, recreation programs and county projects, the Town Board wanted to make sure we were not overburdening our residents who were also impacted by COVID-19; therefore, the 2021 budget has no tax increase. The efforts of our staff and board to tighten the belt on spending will continue our long history of very sound spending, even in difficult times.”  

Penfield’s growth rate was just over one percent in 2020, resulting in a positive impact of actual new “bricks and mortar” properties 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 continues to receive a respected “no designation” in New York State’s Fiscal Monitoring system. With a low score of just 1.7 again in 2019 the Town of Penfield is once again well below the 44.9 percent tolerance point that New York State deems to be an indicator of possible fiscal stress. Factors included in the NYS’s review include cash ratio, employee salaries, debt burden, and fund balance.

“We have another fiscally sound budget adopted by the Town Board for 2021,” stated Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo. “The Town’s levy increase for 2021 is again below the levy cap established by the State Comptroller. And, with ‘no designation’ in regard to susceptibility to financial stress, I am proud to say the Town’s financial health is well below any level of risk as determined by the Office of the State Comptroller.”

As of October 22, the 2021 Adopted Budget is available online at www.penfield.org (go to ‘Quick Links,’ ‘Town Budget’). After October 23, print copies of the Final 2021 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. 


October 21, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Oct 21: Good Neighbor Day Fall Edition

The Town of Penfield is hosting the fifth annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This annual event is usually held in the spring, but this year it was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We are pleased we could reschedule it before winter.

Good Neighbor Day was designed to help seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled to do light yard work and (this year) fall cleanup. We need volunteers of all ages to help gather debris, rake out flower beds, and other fall chores to help Penfield neighbors prepare for the coming winter months. Projects are all outdoors where volunteers can maintain physical distance and wear masks as appropriate.

Terry Rothfuss was a farmer in East Penfield who was a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. When he passed away in 2014, a huge hole was left in our community. Terry’s friends and family want to carry on his legacy of friendship by continuing to help the community and inspire others to do the same.

If you are in need of help with fall yardwork, OR would like to volunteer to help with fall yard work, please contact Sabrina at (585) 340-8651, or srenner@penfield.org, she will fill you in on the details.

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


October 9, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Oct 9: Recreational fire safety message from Fire Marshal

October is Fire Safety Month. The Fire Marshal’s office will be sharing safety reminders throughout the month to increase public awareness and cooperation. Recreational outdoor fires are increasingly popular so we will begin with guidelines for conducting outdoor fires that are safe and do not create a neighborhood nuisance.

What is considered a recreation fire?

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire not contained in an enclosed structure. A backyard fire pit is the most common example of a recreational fire. Recreational fires are a privilege and are allowed at the discretion of the Fire Marshal provided the following guidelines are met. An inspection by the Fire Marshal is recommended before burning for the first time. Contact the Office of the Fire Marshal with questions at 340-8643.

How to safely conduct an outdoor recreational fire:

FIRE SAFETY must be followed at all times.

Clearance: Fires must be located at least 25 feet from structures and/or combustible materials, including but not limited to fences, decks, sheds, garages, brush, overhanging trees. Any conditions that would promote fire spread to within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material must be removed prior to ignition of fire.

Portable Outdoor Fireplaces made of metal, clay, ceramic and other like materials must follow all above guidelines except they are allowed to be placed at least 15 feet (rather than 25 feet) from structures and/or combustible materials. They must also be completely extinguished prior to abandoning.

Surface: Fires must be conducted on non-combustible surfaces.

Size: maximum diameter of three (3) feet, maximum flame height of two (2) feet

Materials: ONLY clean seasoned firewood may be burned. Wet wood, fresh cut wood, treated wood, painted or stained wood, leaves, brush (small branches with leaves or needles still attached), lawn clippings, paper, rubbish, garbage and/or any other material that produces excessive smoke and/or noxious fumes ARE NOT ALLOWED to be burned.

Extinguishment: Fire extinguishing equipment such as garden hose (attached to water supply and turned on), buckets of water and/or a minimum 4A rated portable fire extinguisher must be readily available at all times while fire is burning. Equipment must be located in close proximity to the fire and garden hoses must be able to reach fire while still connected to a water supply. FIRE MUST BE COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED PRIOR TO ABANDONING. NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED!

Attendance: A responsible adult must be present at all times a fire is burning. The responsible adult must not be impaired by drugs, alcohol and/or a medical or mental condition that would interfere with their ability to take proper actions, if required. The responsible adult must also be knowledgeable in the operation of fire extinguishing equipment.

Nuisance fires and etiquette

Outdoor fires that create smoke and/or odors are considered a nuisance. Nuisance fires MUST be extinguished immediately.

A recreational fire that creates property damage, personal injury, and/or is deemed a nuisance, must be extinguished immediately and may be cause for legal actions by the Fire Marshal or the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Any fire causing the fire department or Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to be called may be considered by the responding official to be a nuisance fire. Nuisance fires must be extinguished.

Etiquette: No new materials may be added to fire after 10:00 PM.

Please direct questions or concerns to the Office of the Fire Marshal at (585) 340-8643 or FireMarshal@penfield.org 


October 2, 2020
Supervisor’s Update Oct 2: Fall Leaf Management—Environmentally-Friendly, Cost Effective & Convenient Options

Fall has arrived and now it’s time for us to plan for sustainable leaf management and successful drainage practices in our yards and neighborhoods. Penfield is unique in that there are neighborhoods with large mature trees (my neighborhood) and other areas of town (north and east Penfield) that don’t have a lot of mature tree foliage. All areas present opportunities for us as residents to help do our part to promote the environment, reduce the burden of filling landfills with leaves, and not raise taxes.

As many of you know, the Town is not in the leaf pick-up business. Many other towns also don't provide this function. The reasons for not doing this are consistent: increased tax burden to residents, a host of anticipated customer service issues, opportunities for residents to embrace more environmentally sustainable practices, and to support local Penfield businesses that provide leaf pick-up service.

If the Town started leaf pickup it would immediately become a divisive program, meaning there are some residents who want it and many who don’t. The fact remains there are significant costs associated with committing to this effort. New Town spending would need to be made for outfitting trucks, additional employees, and landfill tipping fees. There would also be no ability for municipal sharing as towns that have leaf pick-up are all using their equipment at the same time of year. Additionally, town crews would be taken off other infrastructure projects throughout the town in order to collect leaves.

Taxpayer Cost: The Town would need to invest many hundreds of thousands of dollars outfitting trucks for the service, added labor, and landfill tipping fees. When this was last studied in 2005, the financials didn’t make sense and they certainly would make even less sense in today’s dollars. Further, the burden of leaf removal would be shared by every taxpayer, including those who are opposed to funding a leaf service. By comparison today, residents who want leaf removal services can hire a Penfield-based private contractor or group together with neighbors for a cheaper price and convenience of picking the day for leaf removal. This would be less than it would cost every taxpayer if the Town provided the service.

Customer Service: Given the logistics of town-wide collection for more than 14,000 properties, crews could make only one pass through town within a finite and unpredictable number of days between last leaves falling, residents’ ability to rake, and first snowfall when trucks must be ready for plowing, not leaf removal. With these constraints, it’s not likely that crews would make it to each house exactly when each homeowner is prepared with leaves raked and ready at the curb. Those who miss their leaf pick-up day could even end up hiring a leaf service and paying twice—once in their tax bill and again when they pay their landscaper! As we know, all leaves don't fall at the same time.

For Town leaf collection to be successful, nature would have to give us an ideal number of days between last leaves and first snowfall, and every residence would need to be “raked and ready” the exact day crews made their pass through town—an unlikely alignment of weather and time.  

Unpredictable rain, wind and snow is a recipe for frustrated residents, wet piles of leaves killing grass, blocked storm drains, leaves blowing back onto your yard or neighbor's yard with high winds, and the potential for neighborhood flooding. The possibility of snow covered leaves creeping onto sidewalks or roadways creates both a maintenance and safety hazard. We have all seen this driving through neighboring towns.  

In contrast, a local private landscape service will collect leaves curbside—when scheduled—for a cost well below what the Town would need to charge every taxpayer. Many landscapers who live and do business in Penfield would welcome your patronage, and you would be supporting a local business during these difficult times. 

Environmentally-Friendly/Sustainability: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recommends residents mulch and compost their leaves. Last fall, the DEC’s Solid Waste and Recycling newsletter published “Leaf Me Alone: Why You Should Keep Your Leaves in Your Yard.” The article points out that “many of us will use our time or money to rid our lawns of leaves. Keeping our leaves nearby is a simpler, more environmentally-friendly solution, as leaves contain nutrients that are good for the soil.”  (Please see resources below to learn more). In contrast, if the Town collected leaves they likely would end up in a landfill, which undermines sustainable practices. 

Considering all these factors, getting into the leaf collection business doesn’t make sense for the Town of Penfield and its taxpayers. Such a service would bring added costs to each and every taxpayer. This year especially, given the loss of revenue and unpredictable lasting financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the timing is wrong to consider increasing Town spending.  

When it comes to managing leaves, personal choice does make the best sense. We can all decide for ourselves if we will choose to go the sustainable route and mulch or compost our leaves at no expense or if we prefer to hire a local landscape service with a pick-up date of our choosing for a fee we are willing to pay.   

Tips for Environmentally-Friendly Leaf Management: 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tips:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/26637b7

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tips:

http://ccetompkins.org/resources/compost-leaf-composting

USDA Tips:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/features/?cid=nrcs143_023585

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 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

 




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