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July 29, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, July 29

I recently had the honor of attending the unveiling of two wheelchair accessible planting beds for the residents of the Mary Cariola Group Home on State Road. The project was identified, designed, and built as a team service project by a Leadership Rochester team known as “Seeds of Change.”

These new beds will allow residents to plant vegetables, herbs, and flowers of their choice to enhance their meals and their home. The beds provide an outdoor activity for children who respond well to sensory stimulation and who love to get their hands in the dirt. The feel of the dirt and seeds, along with the plants and flowers, enhances the residents’ enjoyment of their senses of touch and smell.

In addition to these two planting beds at the Penfield residence, the team also constructed and delivered two wheelchair accessible planting beds for use at the Elmwood Campus.

Established in 1991, Leadership Rochester is a small nonprofit with an immense impact on, and deep connection to, the Rochester community. Founded by leaders across the business, nonprofit, and government sectors, they were established on the belief that, as a collective, their leaders could better serve and strengthen our community if given the opportunity to grow as a collaborative, and learn about Rochester’s strength and issues together.

Congratulations to Leadership Rochester team “Seeds of Change” on your 2020 graduation and for the difference you are making in so many lives.

Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


July 20, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, July 20

With so much focus on the pandemic, it’s been a while since I provided an update on Census 2020. My most recent communication from the NYS Comptroller informed me that as of July 13, response rates in New York are at 57.6 percent, which is below the national self-response rate of 62 percent. A low response may have negative impacts on federal and state funding, and representation in government. The Census will have a significant and long lasting impact on New York’s finances and governmental representation, and it will impact the flow of funding to local municipalities like the Town of Penfield. If you have not yet responded to the Census, please do so now. Starting August 11, the 2020 Census will begin a new phase – the follow-up interviews with non-respondents. A strong response before this date best positions New York for a complete final count. 

Preparation of the 2021 Town Budget is underway. By the end of this week the comptroller and I will have met with every department to review their needs for 2021. It will be a challenging year as we work through a reduction in revenue from items like sales tax, county projects, and state funding. The town board has aggressively worked to reduce spending, delayed filling open positions, and looked for alternative revenue streams. The comptroller and I will be reviewing all aspects and details of submitted materials to prepare for meetings with the board and presentation of the “Tentative Budget” to residents on September 16. 

Please be advised that RG&E and NYSEG have resumed some customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work includes indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete. All inspectors will have badges identifying them as NYSEG or RG&E employees and contractors and will follow CDC best practices and recommendations. Learn more at www.rge.com or www.nyseg.com. 

Join us for the music of Paulsen & Baker at Penfield Amphitheater Tuesday, July 21. The music will begin at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public. This is our second performance in the 2020 Summer Music Series.

John Paulsen and Keith Baker make up the group Paulsen & Baker. The music of Paulsen & Baker has been described as "Country," "Folk," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Bluegrass," and even "Buffoon"(comedy), but whatever they are, they want you to have a good time, so they are best described as GOOD TIME MUSIC! Their humor creates a fun atmosphere during every performance.

The following guidelines will be enforced at the event so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:

- Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.

- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.

- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on.

- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert (and while on site, if possible.)

This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


July 15, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Meteorologists are calling for heavy rain Thursday afternoon and evening with a possibility of a bit more on Friday. This will follow on the heels of last weekend’s extreme rain event that our town engineer says measured 3.75 inches in the town hall rain gauge in six hours—making it a rare 75-100 year storm event. 

That downpour fell on parched ground that could not absorb the water, leaving it to run off directly into storm sewers. Some of that water ponded and created flooding where it could not reach drainage systems. Please help to keep the rainwater flowing where it needs to go by keeping drains, swales, and ditches free of debris. Also, check gutters and downspouts to be sure water is directed away from house foundations. Let’s keep the water flowing to avoid flooding in our neighborhoods.

Last night was our first event of the Penfield Amphitheater Summer Music Series. The performance of Five Second Rule went well, and I want to thank all who attended for contributing to the success by practicing masking, physical distancing, and using hand sanitizer. Because of last night’s success we will move forward with Paulsen & Baker on July 21 with the same expectations for safe, responsible behavior. We will evaluate the Summer Music Series week-to-week; if all goes well performances will continue. If not, we will sadly be forced to cancel future events. However, I do have faith that Penfield residents who wish to enjoy a summer night of music at the amphitheater will continue to make the safety of their families and neighbors a priority.   

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


July 10, 2020
Supervisor's Update: Friday, July 10

Another week has passed and we are in the prime of summer mode, although we are all dealing with new norms in our various activities: respecting masking guidelines, disinfecting hard surfaces and high touch points, and physical distancing. 

The Recreation Department is completing their second week of summer camp with our youngest residents, and those programs have gone very well. Penfield Little League is back on the fields playing baseball for the first time this season and following some new guidelines with the number of spectators per player. It is good to see and hear the energy at the various buildings and fields. I would like to thank all the staff members, coaches, and parents for helping to follow all the guidelines to allow more of these activities take place during the Phase 4 opening; continue to be well and be safe!  

Beginning next week you will see our DPW removing the older playground equipment at Rothfuss Park to make way for a new inclusive playground at that location. With an inclusive playground, the objective is to include everyone. They are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together, and are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities. This project is in collaboration with the Town of Penfield, a grant from Assemblyman Mark Johns, and the Penfield Rotary Club. The plan is to have it completed by early August or sooner. I hope this is the first of many locations across our community that will support our children with and without disabilities.  

The Penfield Trails Committee will resume their guided hike program this Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 – 11:00AM at Abraham Lincoln Park. Come explore the ups and downs of this county park from wooded uplands to the bay shore trail connections. Meet at the Smith Road trailhead off Empire Blvd. and look for the hike signs.

Beginning the week of July 20 the DPW will be placing a top coat of asphalt on Harris Road from Atlantic Avenue to Plank Road, following up on the initial shoulder expansion work completed last year. Harris is a county road and Monroe County is contracting with Penfield DPW to perform this work. We are compensated for our employees’ wages and equipment use, which helps bring in much needed revenue during this COVID pandemic. Our overall revenue stream has been impacted with reduced sales tax income and short falls from recreation programing.  

The first concert of 2020 at Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage will feature the band 5 Second Rule on Tuesday, July 14. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm at Penfield Amphitheater, located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. 5 Second Rule is a collaboration of budding stars 15-year-old Max Doud and 14-year-old Brennan Dornberger. The teens are a product of Elvio Fernandes’ Camp Roc Star Academy, where they met and learned about music, performing, and collaborating. 

The following guidelines will be enforced at Penfield Amphitheater so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:

-       Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.

- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.

- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on. 

- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert 

This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.

Many residents across our community and surrounding communities know of Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute and the amazing work they do to build confidence, teach respect, stay fit, and teach self-defense, especially with our children and grandchildren. Grandmaster Kim and his staff work closely with the schools in the area to support, educate, and protect our youngest residents. Beginning July 15, GM Sung C. Kim (Master Kim) will serve as President of the World Ohdokwan USA Federation. Ohdokwan is one of the nine original Kwans (or schools) of Taekwondo. Founded in 1953 as part of the Republic of Korea Army’s Physical Training Program. It also taught Korean Police throughout South Korea, and instructed at some universities. Ohdokawn is Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute’s original school of Taekwondo. Grandmaster Kim—congratulations on this appointment, and thank you for being part of the Penfield community and for everything you do to support our residents.

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


July 9, 2020
5 Second Rule at Penfield Amphitheater July 14

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage will host the band 5 Second Rule on Tuesday, July 14. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm at Penfield Amphitheater, located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. The concert is free and open to the public.

5 Second Rule is a collaboration of budding stars 15-year-old Max Doud and 14-year-old Brennan Dornberger. The teens are a product of Elvio Fernandes’ Camp Roc Star Academy, where they met and learned about music, performing, and collaborating. The boys also have a full rock band through Camp Roc Star, which plays gigs monthly with other academy bands.

The following guidelines will be enforced so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:

- Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.

- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.

- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on. 

- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert (and while on site, if possible.)  

This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.


July 7, 2020
Supervisor's Update: Tuesday, July 7

The impact of COVID-19 meant cancelling our normal Independence Day parade, music, and fireworks activities this year. As a way to keep the patriotic spirit alive, however, our Recreation Department developed a creative program--“Penfield’s Patriotism on Parade”. Residents had an opportunity to participate in a friendly patriotic house-decorating competition during the Independence Day weekend. Participants dressed up their homes in their patriotic best. They were encouraged to use recycled/upcycled materials in the displays, and to choose a unique patriotic theme. The public was invited to view and vote for their favorite patriotic house over the holiday weekend. I am pleased to share with you that, with 44% of the vote, 28 Woodside Dr. was the winning home. Congratulations to the Brenneis family, and thank you to all those who participated in this new Independence Day tradition.

If you happened to miss the Skycoasters’ Community Independence Day Celebration concert on WXXI on Saturday, sponsored by the Monroe County Supervisor’s Association, you missed a wonderful event. However, you can still view this program and enjoy the music of a premier band in this region. There are several ways you can view this event on-demand: Visit www.PenfieldTV.org and click on Categories, then choose Community; on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire—search Penfield TV in the app store—then choose the Community category

This week is the second week of our Recreation Summer Day Camp. While the camps are hosting a much smaller capacity this year, the energy of those attending is as vibrant as ever. It is clear that children are eager to join friends and peers to participate in games, arts and crafts, and general comradery. I want to thank our Rec staff for ensuring we are following all the CDC and health department guidelines for the safety of all participants and staff. As a few campers and camp staff have shared with me…it is good to get back to some normal summertime activities! Enjoy and be well and be safe!

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


July 1, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, July 1

We are now in Phase 4 of New York Forward, and currently our region’s statistics are favorable. With that, daily and weekly briefings from New York State and Monroe County regarding COVID-19 have eased off, and municipalities will receive updates as deemed necessary. Starting next week, I will follow suit and return to my weekly town news updates including details of reopening milestones at the town government level. I will share COVID-realted news as it impacts Penfield as needed. This doesn’t mean Phase 4 is the end of the process and that we can relax our safety practices.

We have all heard repeatedly from public health officials that we have achieved our region’s favorable status through our collective responsible behaviors of physical distancing and wearing face coverings around others, especially when in public. Seeing coronavirus outbreaks in other states right now is enough to remind us of our fragile status. Even today Governor Cuomo closed down indoor dining in the NYC area because of concerns for compliance and indoor air quality management. 

We need to remain committed to our personal safety and the safety of others, especially those who are most vulnerable to the worst COVID-19 can bring to bear. Please continue to wear masks, follow physical distancing guidelines, hand-washing, and sanitizing practices. Compliance with these behaviors lifted us out of our worst coronavirus trends and will help to keep us strong.   

While July Fourth celebrations are largely being put on hold this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Monroe County Supervisors’ Association announced a joint effort to provide some familiar Independence Day entertainment. The group has sponsored a performance by the Skycoasters, which will air on WXXI on the evening of July 4th.

The Association, comprised of every town in Monroe County, banded together to sponsor and produce the performance. A mainstay at local July Fourth celebrations, and one of the region’s most well-known performing acts, the Skycoasters pre-taped a show at the former Water Street Music Hall in downtown Rochester earlier in June.

The Town of Penfield and Town of Irondequoit’s media departments joined together to film the performance, which WXXI graciously agreed to broadcast. The Town of Brighton, which traditionally hosts the band on July Fourth, helped facilitate the performance.

The concert will air on Saturday, July 4th at 6:00 PM on WXXI-TV Channel 21.3 and Cable 1276 - Rochester’s Public Broadcast Service member television stations. It will also be broadcast on the Town of Penfield’s streaming app, as well as the Town of Irondequoit’s Facebook page.

Penfield TV is also presenting Independence Day programming this weekend with highlights from past parades, festival entertainment, and fireworks. Tune in to Penfield TV this weekend on cable channels 1301 and 1303. 

A reminder about the use of fireworks this holiday week...law enforcement agencies are stepping up their response and investigations into reports of uses of fireworks as we head into the July 4th holiday. A special New York State Police task force is targeting fireworks purchases and use now through Sunday evening. Every year, illegal use of fireworks leads to about 10,000 injuries and 19,000 structure fires. Dry grasses and vegetation this year make fires even more likely. Please take care and choose to responsibly celebrate Independence Day.

If you’re up late Saturday night you can try to catch a penumbral lunar eclipse. This type of eclipse occurs when the moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth's shadow. It’s a subtle effect but one you can see with your own eyes. It begins about 11:00 PM and lasts through 2:00 AM. Here’s a link to details: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/rochester

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 29, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, June 29

As we head into the July 4th holiday the use of illegal fireworks is increasingly in the news. With no municipal fireworks for the public to attend this year, officials expect to see an uptick in illegal fireworks leading up to and on July 4th. Many communities are cracking down on their use and law enforcement is stepping up responses to calls. Over the weekend there were more reports of fireworks along with injuries. As a reminder, fireworks that launch into the air are illegal in New York as are firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles. Sparklers, party poppers and snappers are allowed. 

In Penfield, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be on alert for illegal fireworks and will investigate complaints. They will determine the best course of action--education on the dangers of fireworks, fines, or arrest--when they respond. Additionally, the New York State Police will be running a special task force targeting fireworks that will be running from now through Sunday evening.

Along with injuries, there is deep concern of fire risk; lack of rain has left us with dry grasses and vegetation, making fire more likely. A recent D&C article stated 19,000 structure fires and 10,000 injuries are caused by fireworks each year. So please think twice if you are planning to use or be around fireworks this holiday--the dangers are real.

Our DPW brush drop-off will be closed July 2-3 in observance of the July 4th holiday. Town offices will be closed July 3. Offices and services will resume regular hours on July 6. 

The LaSalle’s Landing Park improvement project is wrapped up and visitors can now enjoy an expanded parking lot, reconfigured driveway, and improved launch access for canoes and kayaks. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 26, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 26

As you are no doubt aware, Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the Finger Lakes region can advance to Phase 4 of the New York State Forward plan starting today, Friday June 26, 2020.  In a nutshell, with the beginning of Phase 4, group gatherings can increase from 25 to 50 people, worship groups may increase to 33 percent capacity, and low-risk indoor/outdoor arts and entertainment activities can now resume. 

At the town government level, Phase 4 does not bring many immediate changes. For at least the next two weeks, we will continue to operate as we have been with appointment-only access to the town hall and no access to other Town facilities. This process has been going smoothly as we successfully conduct a range of business with residents by phone, online, by drop-box, and by mail. 

If you have business to conduct with the Town, please contact the specific department by phone or email. Staff will assist and advise you on how best to complete your business. If your needs can’t be handled remotely they will schedule an appointment. Here is a link to department contact information: http://www.penfield.org/Departments.php

Employees of the Penfield Library will continue with their curb-side service. DPW employees are busy with seasonal roadwork and special projects. 

So what is changing? I am happy to share that our Recreation Department is getting back into the swing of things. Summer camp programming will begin on Monday, June 29. After so much uncertainty and planning for various scenarios, we are excited to be able to offer some of our summer programs this year. Due to physical distancing guidelines, participant numbers are fewer this time around but our enthusiasm has not diminished! We also look to July 6 as a tentative date for other youth and adult programs to begin. We will keep you posted on our offerings. 

Earlier this week Monroe County announced that county parks are now accepting reservations for park shelters and lodges as well as reservations for use of the atrium in the Monroe County Office Building. The Town is also resuming lodge rentals on July 1. Dolomite Lodge will be available seven days a week, but because Harris Whalen Lodge will be used for summer camps it will be available Saturdays only while camps are in session. Our Facilities employees will be taking extra cleaning and disinfection measures between reservations to ensure safety for all. And lastly for recreation, starting July 6 you will start to see activity on our sports fields once again as low risk youth sports programs such as baseball and softball begin for the season. These are signs of summer we have all been eager to see!

While moving through these phases is great news for our region, we cannot forget our responsibility to continue with the four primary methods of COVID-19 containment. We must remain vigilant with physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (wear those masks!) and cleaning/disinfection practices. 

We are just one week away from the July 4 Independence Day holiday and there’s still time to join in on a new celebration called “Penfield Patriotism on Parade” to showcase your creativity and patriotic spirit. To participate in this friendly competition, decorate your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at srenner@penfield.org. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights.

We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages. Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5. A voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.

Be well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 22, 2020
Supervisor's Update: Monday, June 22

I have a few updates to share as we begin the week of June 22.

Town playgrounds were reopened to the public on June 15 as permitted by New York State Phase 3 guidelines. To help minimize the spread of coronavirus, our park facilities team has applied an organic sodium-based sanitizing treatment that remains effective for one month. Playgrounds are routinely inspected for safety on a monthly basis; we will now add the sanitizing application to this procedure. 

Penfield Recreation’s Summer Day Camp program is planning to kick-off the summer on June 29 at two  locations: the Penfield Community Center and Harris Whalen Lodge. With guidance from New York State, the Monroe County Health Dept., and Town of Penfield officials, the 2020 Summer Day Camp program will operate with reduced participant enrollment numbers and updated health procedures to help maximize the health and safety for all involved in the program. Weekly summer camp sessions will include outdoor and indoor games/activities with emphasis on safety and fun! Although most programs are full, you can go to www.penfieldrec.org online registration to join a waiting list at no cost. Penfield Recreation summer camp staff look forward to having a great summer with all of the new and returning campers.

If all goes well, the Finger Lakes region, including Monroe County, is on track to enter Phase 4 this Friday, June 26. We will learn more from officials as the week progresses. 

The Huntington Meadows sidewalk project continues this week with concrete pouring, asphalt work, and lawn restoration. The road will remain closed to local traffic only. There may be access weeknights but the work site is subject to frequent closures until the project is complete. Please plan alternate routes.

Tuesday, June 23, is Primary Election Day. Voting hours are 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. For all voting information go to www.monroecounty.gov/elections

If you are assigned to vote at the Penfield Town Hall please make note of the following:

  • You are required to be masked
  • You are required to practice physical distancing 
  • You will enter and exit on the east side of the building only
  • You will have access to the auditorium only 
  • You may not access any other area at the town hall (no drop-in visits to any department)
  • Security staff will be at the east entrance to monitor building use
  • You must follow all Board of Elections procedures 

If you have business to conduct with the Town of Penfield please contact the specific department by phone or email. Many transactions can be handled by phone, mail or online; or you may need to schedule an appointment. Staff will assist and advise you on how best to complete your business. Here is a link to department contact information: http://www.penfield.org/Departments.php

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 19, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 19

Today, June 19, 2020, is Juneteenth, marking the 155th anniversary of the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. This news of liberation came to a quarter-million slaves in Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. 

On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making Juneteenth a holiday for state employees this year. An excerpt from the order states, “...the observance of Juneteenth honors the history, perseverance, and achievements of African Americans, and celebrates America’s progress and continuing commitment to realizing the principles of liberty and equality upon which our nation was founded.”

You can read the entire executive order here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-204-declaring-juneteenth-holiday-new-york-state-employees

Governor Cuomo has also proposed legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday starting next year, joining other states in moving to make the day an official holiday.

On yesterday’s Monroe County conference call, Dr. Michael Mendoza shared that as a community, we are now in a “containment mode” for managing the spread of COVID-19. We have emerged from Memorial Day and subsequent gatherings without any troubling spikes of the virus. This is assuring and demonstrates that physical distancing--and especially the noticeable use of masks by many--is making a substantial positive impact. He stressed that the primary takeaway from this good news is that the practice of wearing face coverings is making a big difference and we need to keep it up. Being in containment mode means that when new cases of COVID-19 emerge, health officials will find, isolate, and work to contain the spread. When appropriate, they will issue a public advisory as they did recently when an exposure was traced to a bar in Rochester. He noted that we will see more of these containment advisories as we move forward. 

The town board adopted a resolution at the June 17 legislative meeting to amend the 2020 budget to purchase and install an inclusive playground at Rothfuss Park. This playground will replace older equipment at the park. The Town of Penfield was awarded a State and Municipal Facilities Program grant in the amount of $50,000 through Assemblyman Mark Johns towards the construction of the playground. The Penfield Rotary donated $5,000 toward this inclusive playground project, and the 2020 Budget includes an appropriation of $60,000 for playground equipment projects. Further, the town board authorized the appropriation of $25,000 from the Town’s Recreation Trust Special Revenue Fund toward equipment and site preparation. The new playground equipment should be delivered the first week of July. Installation will start upon delivery. I will keep you posted on the progress of this project.

I would like to thank a resident who asked me to remind drivers in Penfield to “consider going slower” when traveling through neighborhoods, regardless of permitted speeds. With more people staying close to home, school officially over, and the wonderful summer weather, there are many people walking and bicycling throughout our neighborhoods. To walkers and cyclists, please take responsibility for your own safety and make sure you can see, hear, and be seen. Wear reflective and colorful clothing, keep pets on leashes, and pay attention to your surroundings. If listening to headphones, don’t let them distract you from your environment. Safety on our roads is everyone’s responsibility. 

Happy Father's Day to all Penfield dads! May you enjoy your weekend activities and family time. To all families, if you are celebrating dad this Sunday please show you care for every family member by wearing face coverings when called for. We can honor all fathers by continuing the good behaviors of masking and physical distancing. 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org    

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 17, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, June 17

CONSTRUCTION NOTE: Huntington Meadows is currently closed to local traffic only because of a sidewalk installation project. This project is expected to continue through June 26. The road may be available for use weeknights and on the weekend but is subject to frequent closures until the project is complete. Please plan alternate routes.

On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced that low contact sports like baseball, softball, crew, cross-country, gymnastics, and field hockey will be permitted beginning Monday, July 6. In Penfield, that means play may begin on Town and Little League baseball and softball fields. It will be up to individual programs how they will act on this decision. If your child participates in youth baseball/softball please follow your league for safety requirements and other details. On the Town’s end, we will have fields ready to play ball!

Have you seen the announcement for “Penfield’s Patriotism on Parade” to celebrate Independence Day 2020? Penfield Recreation has come up with a friendly “patriotic decorating” competition for all residents. 

Here’s how it works: Dress up your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at srenner@penfield.org. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights!

We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages. Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5.

The voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3. 

Although there won’t be a formal parade, music, and fireworks this year, this new event is a great opportunity to enjoy the holiday with friends and neighbors. Thank you Penfield Recreation for imagining a new way for Penfield residents to express their creativity and patriotic spirit. I look forward to making the tour around town. Perhaps “Patriotism on Parade” will begin a new tradition in Penfield!

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov.

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 15, 2020
Penfield's Patriotism on Parade!

Hey Penfield! There won’t be a formal parade this year, but we can still celebrate and show our patriotic spirit! Join your friends and neighbors for a little friendly competition - Penfield's Patriotism on Parade! 

Dress up your home/property in its patriotic best and send your address to Penfield Recreation at srenner@penfield.org. Be sure to let us know if your display is best viewed during the daylight or in the dark. We will add your location to a list of addresses that the public can drive by to enjoy a dose of patriotism. They will vote on their favorite display and the house with the most votes will win this year’s coveted award along with town-wide, year-long bragging rights!

We encourage you to use recycled/upcycled materials in your displays, and choose a theme such as honoring America’s heroes, or a unique patriotic theme of your choice. All entries must be non-political, non-discriminatory, and appropriate for all ages.

Displays should be ready for public display and voting July 3-5. Voting will end at 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5. 

Voting link can be found on the Quick Links section of www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org beginning July 3. 


June 15, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Monday, June 15

Today Penfield DPW began work on the LaSalle’s Landing Park improvement project. THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE PARK DURING CONSTRUCTION. We are expanding the parking lot, modifying the driveway, and improving launch access for canoes and kayaks. We expect the project to continue all week. Long-term plans for this park include adding a small building with restrooms and a bit of shelter as funding becomes available through some combination of budgeting and grants.

If you’ve traveled Baird Road you may have noticed roofing materials staged at the Penfield Community Center. Work will soon begin to replace the roof over the gymnasium area. This is year three of a four-year project to replace the entire community center roof. It’s a big project so we have spread the cost over four budget cycles. We expect this year’s work to be wrapped up by mid-July. The last stage of the roof replacement is planned for 2021.

Early voting is underway in Monroe County through June 21. Voters can choose to vote at any of the 12 early voting sites in Monroe County. There is one voting site In Penfield at the Dolomite Lodge in Veterans Memorial Park. For a list of the early voting locations and times please visit www.monroecounty.gov/elections. Voting hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

At this time of year Animal Control sees an increase in calls regarding the presence and welfare of wildlife. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding New Yorkers to enjoy wildlife and their young from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to wildlife safety and development. To learn more visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/117042.html

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org. Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org       

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain


June 12, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 12

Today is the first day of Phase 3 of reopening Monroe County and the rest of the Finger Lakes region. Highlights of Phase 3 include new permissions for food services and personal care businesses. At the Town level, we will continue operating as we have been through Phase 2 with all staff reporting to offices and appointment only access to the town hall. We expect the remainder of Town facilities to be included in Phase 4 criteria. Summer recreation programs are under evaluation right now as we review New York State requirements, resources, and resident interest. Stay tuned for updates on Penfield Recreation plans. Summer day camp registrants will receive communications directly from the Recreation Office. 

Governor Cuomo stated yesterday that public playgrounds may be opened at the discretion of municipalities. We are preparing Town playgrounds for reopening and look to have them ready for use on Monday, June 15 following sanitizing treatments. Public restrooms in Town parks are also scheduled to reopen sometime next week. 

If you plan to use playgrounds, please follow these recommendations from the CDC:

Carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines.

In communities where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19, playgrounds can be hard to keep safe because:

  • They are often crowded and could make social distancing difficult;
  •  It can be difficult to keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
  • SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread when young children touch contaminated objects, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you choose to visit a playground:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    •  Children under age 2;
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
    • Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

The continued success of reopening is dependent on personal behavior. Health department officials credit physical distancing and universal masking for our progress to date. Dr. Mendoza has stated that physical distancing and use of face masks will be with us for some time. His advice is “if you have to ask, wear a mask.” 

Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org . Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .

Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org        

Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain

 




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