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June 5, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, June 5

At the town hall we are wrapping up our first week of working under Phase 2 procedures. The week went smoothly as staff returned to their physically distanced and shielded workspaces. To be sure, It’s a different experience as we wear masks, make phone calls to each other instead of visiting, and conduct virtual meetings where possible. Strict cleaning regimens are in place and we are using plenty of soap, water, and hand sanitizer.

 

For the safety of all, public access to the town hall is by appointment only with individual departments, no walk-ins. In some cases people only need to drop off documents to the town hall; that’s easy to do at the east entrance where a security guard will receive your materials. If you need town hall services please begin by calling the department directly (phone numbers are at www.penfield.org ). Staff will assist you and try to take care of your needs remotely. If that’s not possible they will make an appointment and explain procedures.

 

Although access to the town hall is limited, our attention to your needs is complete. Staff is working at other town facilities but buildings remain closed to public access until we move into future phases. We will keep you posted. For details, see the facilities and services matrix under COVID-19 Community Resources at www.penfield.org.

 

A reminder...the Penfield Art Association’s Spring Show and Sale begins online starting June 7. The public is invited to enjoy more than 50 paintings by 29 artist members. If you have never seen their exhibits in person, this virtual gallery experience may be your first glimpse at the abundant talent in our area. Visit the show and sale at www.penfieldartassociation.com and share the link with family and friends. Need a wedding, graduation, father's day gift this summer? Consider giving a gift of art to mark the occasion. You are likely to see some familiar Penfield scenes among the work. 

 

The Spring 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 more than 80 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. If you’ve tried your hand at painting while social distancing and discovered it’s something you enjoy, perhaps you would like to become a member. of the PAA. For more information, visit www.penfieldartassociation.com.

 

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 4, 2020
Supervisor Update: Thursday, June 4

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo stated that summer day camps can begin operation as of June 29. That’s news we at the Town and hundreds of Penfield families have been eager to hear. 

 

Throughout the pandemic Penfield Recreation has been planning for a range of scenarios as we awaited directives from New York State and the Monroe County Health Department on the fate of summer programming. Besides staff and programs, our summer day camps are dependent on the use of Penfield Central School District school facilities and a permit to operate from the Monroe County Department of Health. All those variables that will determine what programs Penfield Recreation can offer this summer. Like many other groups, Penfield Recreation has been in the mode of making plans while at the same time getting prepared for them to be changed or cancelled.  

 

Weeks ago when we realized all summer recreation programs were vulnerable to change we cancelled plans to print the 2020 Summer Brochure and made the decision to go to a digital-only format. We have also been editing and adapting the digital edition to reflect changes to programs and facilities.  

 

The all-digital 2020 Summer Brochure will be published at www.penfieldrec.org on June 5. Online registration will open June 10. Even as we move ahead, please understand that all our plans are subject to change or cancellation based on location availability, health guidelines, and operational restrictions. 

 

Back to day camps...now that we have a “go date” from New York State, what’s next? We are reviewing and sorting out programs, facilities and other resources to satisfy guidelines. What can we offer, at what scale, and where? Our Recreation staff is finalizing those details now and will communicate directly with camp participants. 

 

We do know that the first round of directives call for a reduced number of enrollments, no field trips to off-site locations, and the counselor-in-training (CIT) program is cancelled. 

 

Penfield Recreation will continue to monitor directives from New York State and Monroe County Health Dept. officials regarding summer camp safety. Once we can confirm and review all health and safety requirements we will know how we can move forward. When we have the facts in hand we will share next steps with residents. If you have any questions please contact Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email recreation@penfield.org

 

Our Penfield Recreation team is certainly eager to deliver some summer fun to all our residents. I thank them for their commitment to the Penfield community. We all thank you for your patience and understanding at this unusual time. Stay tuned for more details and follow www.penfieldrec.org.

 

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 3, 2020
Supervisor Update: Wednesday, June 3

If you’re one of thousands already using the ROC COVID symptom tracker you can now sign up for a new free texting feature designed to remind you to submit your daily survey. Prior to this feature, participants could only receive email reminders. Current participants will be given the option to switch to text reminders in an upcoming email. New participants can opt-in when they register for ROC COVID. 

The daily survey is designed to collect data to help identify COVID-19 outbreaks and help stop the spread of the virus in Monroe and 11 other counties in the Finger Lakes region. 

Today’s announcement stated that more than 20,000 people are participating in symptom tracking, and they have completed more than 317,000 daily screenings. Public health officials are using the data to understand how COVID-19 symptoms are showing up in our region. If hot spots appear, resources will be deployed to the specific areas to stop outbreaks quickly and effectively.

I signed up weeks ago when it was first released. The survey is quick and easy. There are just a few questions that you are encouraged to answer daily, even if you have no symptoms. Questions include whether you have a fever, a cough, chills or other primary coronavirus symptoms, as well as basic demographic information. You are not asked to submit identifying information, such as name or address. The data is encrypted and stored in a secure environment by Common Ground Health, the region’s health research and planning agency.

To participate, go to ROCCOVID.org

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 2, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, June 2

Today I’m passing along this voting information from the New York State Board of Elections:

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Board of Elections encourages eligible voters to vote by Absentee Ballot for the June 23, 2020 state and local primary election. Residents who are eligible to vote on June 23 should have received an absentee ballot application to vote by mail. To obtain an absentee ballot, a voter must first submit an application to the Board Of Elections. Absentee ballot applications are also available at the BOE. The last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot is June 16.

After you receive your absentee ballot, completed ballots must be postmarked by June 22 or dropped off at the BOE at 39 W. Main Street before 9:00 PM on June 23.

Another way for voters to avoid crowds and assist in social distancing is to take advantage of the nine (9) days of early voting from June 13 through June 21. Voters can choose to vote at any of the 12 early voting sites in Monroe County. 

The Town of Penfield will host early voting at one location only: the Dolomite Lodge in Veterans Memorial Park. 

For complete details regarding this process, a list of early voting locations, and voting dates and times, go to www.monroecounty.gov/elections.

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 1, 2020
Supervisor Update: Monday, June 1

A reminder that as of today, under New York State’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines, professional services located within the Town Hall are accessible to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; no walk-ins are allowed. Masks/face coverings are required. 

If you have business to conduct with the Town, please call ahead or send an email to the department you wish to contact. A lot of business can be done by phone, mail, or online. Staff will guide you through whatever it is you need to do. If you do need to visit us in person at the Town Hall, you MUST follow the above protocols and use the door on the east side of the building where you will be greeted by a security officer. For the safety of all, we will limit the number of people in the building at any one time, so please be patient as we manage this process.

Other Town facilities will remain inaccessible to visitors until further notice. However, you can continue to work remotely with staff in those departments. 

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


May 29, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Friday, May 29

Today Governor Cuomo confirmed that the Finger Lakes region, including Monroe County, will be moving forward into Phase 2 of un-pausing New York.

For the Town of Penfield, that means all professional services within the Town Hall will be accessible to the public as of June 1 with these restrictions: APPOINTMENT ONLY, MASKS REQUIRED, NO WALK-INS. 

Other Town facilities will remain inaccessible to visitors until further notice. However, you can continue to work remotely with staff in those departments. Although our doors may be closed we continue to work within guidelines.  

In all cases, if you have business to conduct with the Town, please call ahead or send an email to the department you wish to contact. A lot of business can be done by phone, mail, or online. Staff will guide you through whatever it is you need to do. If you do need to visit us in person at the Town Hall, you MUST follow the above protocols. For the safety of all, we will limit the number of people in the building at any one time, so please be patient as we manage this process.

Town parks and trails remain open with physical distancing and use of face coverings when in proximity to others. All sports fields and courts remain closed with the exception of singles tennis. Groups of more than ten people exceed social distancing practices. 

DPW brush drop-off on Jackson Road is available, as is the mulch pile at the Town Hall complex. Please maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings when using these services. Minimize the number of people you bring along, and please keep children or pets inside your vehicle.

Please refer to the Town of Penfield COVID-19 Facilities and Services Update  chart for the status of what is, and what is not, currently accessible. 

In the community of Penfield, individual businesses/organizations eligible for Phase 2 reopening will make their own decisions regarding their readiness and proceed with their plans according to New York State guidelines.  

On today’s Monroe County municipal conference call, Dr. Mendoza cautioned that Phase 2 is a big step and we all need to develop judgment and common sense as we move forward. He counseled, “If you have to ask, you should wonder...just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.” 

Let’s all be smart and mindful as we venture into Phase 2 territory: practice physical distancing, cover your face, wash your hands, sanitize where you can.

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


May 28, 2020
Supervisor’s Update: Thursday, May 28

If—like me—you’ve been collecting material for recycling that you cannot place in your curbside bin or tote like bulk packing Styrofoam, paints, metals, electronics, and more, you’ll be happy to know that Monroe County has announced that Ecopark, the county’s recycling facility at 10 Avion Drive in Chili, will reopen on June 3 with some new restrictions.

New rules for recycling are as follows:

All Ecopark customers must wear a mask or face covering on the facility grounds

  • Customers who are dropping off household hazardous waste or pharmaceuticals are asked to remain inside their vehicles; county staff will remove these items from their vehicles

  • All other recycling stations at the park are self-serve and residents should be prepared to unload their own items. If you are unable to unload your materials, please bring someone with you who can.

  • Household hazardous waste will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at https://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark/.  Currently, all appointment slots are full through June 10.

  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies will be on-site for traffic control, to regulate building access and oversee collection of pharmaceuticals.

  • Due to high demand and the need to ensure appropriate physical distancing, wait times may be longer than usual.

  • The facility will be open from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed on July 4.

  • Ecopark is a  partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides a “one-stop drop-off'' for residential recycling.

 

     

    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

     

     


    May 27, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, May 27

    According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, with the warm weather comes an uptick in neighborhood crimes. Captain Andrew DeLyser of the MCSO Zone A Substation has asked me to remind residents to always lock vehicles, garages, and homes regardless of how safe you feel your neighborhood may be. Recent crimes include thefts from unlocked vehicles, stolen bikes, and stolen packages from delivery services. Unlocked cars are an easy target that set the stage for break-ins and other thefts. Don’t be a target! Please make it a habit to lock your homes, garages and cars—especially overnight—and don't leave valuables in sight. Track your delivery items and bring them inside as quickly as you can or ask a neighbor to get them for you. Remind your neighbors to do this too to keep your whole neighborhood safe. We can all be “neighborhood watchers”! If you see something that looks suspicious or not right, call 911 to report it. The MCSO would like to be called sooner rather than later to deal with inappropriate or illegal behavior.

    Art brings us beauty, connections to nature and people, simple moments that evoke memories, and color that can soothe or energize our spirits. In the midst of a pandemic with all its stressors, we can all use a bit of that. Right here in Penfield, starting June 8, we are invited to enjoy the work of local artists at the Penfield Art Association’s Spring Show and Sale. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s exhibit will come to you online. If you have never visited the exhibit in person, this virtual gallery experience may be your first glimpse at the talent in our area. Visit the show and sale at www.penfieldartassociation.com (go to News page) and share the link with family and friends. The exhibit features 51 paintings by 28 area artists; you are likely to see some familiar Penfield scenes among the work. 

    The Spring 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 more than 80 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. If you’ve tried your hand at painting while social distancing and discovered it’s something you enjoy, perhaps you would like to become a member. of the PAA. For more information, visit www.penfieldartassociation.com.

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with phased reopening plans. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    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


    May 26, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, May 26

    Yesterday approximately a dozen members of Braman Post 1229, led by Commander Richard Gough, visited five locations in Penfield to recognize those who have died in active U.S. military service for our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. They visited Veterans Memorial Park and Smith, Pioneer, St. Joseph’s and Oakwood cemeteries. This idea was developed after we had to cancel our traditional “Celebration of Remembrance” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was honored to join the members of Post 1229 to pay tribute to those in our community and across this great country who made the ultimate price by giving their lives for our freedom. It was very important for veterans in our community to recognize their brothers and sisters who served so proudly and paid the price by losing their life for all of us! While not the norm at past annual events, all participants respected our current norm by wearing masks and keeping properly physically distanced.

    Braman Post 1229 will be reviewing this new ceremony of cemetery visits to consider adding it to the holiday’s schedule in the future. They may look at May 30 for the cemetery visits to precede or follow the traditional “Celebration of Remembrance” that is held on the last Monday in May.  

    By way of a bit of history, at the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities. It was not until after World War I that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

    On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I thank Braman Post 1229 for making the recognition of those who lost their lives a priority during these unprecedented times. Our freedom was not free, many paid the ultimate price. Let us never forget and always remember all of those brave men and women.

    If you missed the Town’s Memorial Day video tribute yesterday you can view it online from the homepage at www.penfield.org

    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


    May 23, 2020
    Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance

    Penfield will remember our country's bravest men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day with a virtual Ceremony of Remembrance. The pre-recorded ceremony will be available for viewing on Penfield TV beginning at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 25.

    Penfield TV can be seen on cable (Spectrum) channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device’s app store for “Penfield TV”.


    May 22, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Friday, May 22

    LAST REMINDER...Our annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will not be held as usual in Veterans’ Memorial Park this year because physical distancing prevents us from gathering in person. Instead, Penfield TV will present a video tribute on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 AM (and replayed or on demand thereafter). This may be viewed on Spectrum cable channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device's app store for "Penfield TV." Our guest speaker this year is Rick Gough from the Penfield American Legion Braman Post #1229. 

    We are finally going to enjoy fantastic weather this weekend, something we all crave following winter and our weeks of physical distancing, working remotely, and homeschooling. For many of our neighbors, it’s been long weeks of working to provide an essential service for the benefit of our community. The temptation to break out and embrace the holiday weekend will be strong. We want to see people, fire up our grills, and get gardens underway. 

    This Memorial Day, our sense of responsibility to each other needs to be stronger than our desire for a “normal” holiday. We need to find new ways to enjoy the weekend while we stay physically distant from others, wear our masks, and avoid large groups. We have a shared commitment to the health of our community. If we slip up now the only direction we will travel is backward.  

    If you truly consider the reason we celebrate Memorial Day, you will agree it’s a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. For generations, men and women of the armed services trained and served to combat visible enemies. Many gave their lives, and they did it to keep their families, hometowns, and country safe. 

    Now, during this pandemic, we too are being asked to make personal sacrifices for similar reasons as we combat an invisible foe. In the grand scheme of things, compared to those we honor on Memorial Day, the simple acts of staying physically apart and wearing face coverings isn’t asking much. When you see flags flying this weekend let them remind you of those who served and sacrificed, then remind yourself of the simple things we are all being asked to do to keep each other safe and alive.

    I wish you all a happy Memorial Day and hope you will tune in to watch our “Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance” on Monday. Enjoy the weather, be smart, and be safe. 

    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


    May 21, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Thursday, May 21

    Here’s an announcement that residents probably don’t want to hear and I am not pleased to make. The Town of Penfield is following suit with neighboring communities and cancelling Independence Day activities this year. Given the pace and reach of COVID-19 this shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but it is nonetheless a disappointment for us all.

    Parades, fireworks, picnics, and all the festivities that come with celebrating Independence Day fit into New York Forward’s Phase Four criteria and we just won’t be there by July 4, even if public health trends are heading in the right direction. 

    I’ve mentioned previously that I am on a conference call twice a week with all other town supervisors and mayors in Monroe County. For several weeks we have been tracking health department reports and discussing the fate of Independence Day celebrations in all our communities. In recent weeks, many towns made the decision to cancel plans for July 4. There is a strong consensus in our group that local coordination is critical to public health—that is why Penfield is joining our neighbors in our decision to cancel Independence Day events.

    Municipalities across the state and nation have to make these tough decisions about Independence Day celebrations and other traditional gatherings. In Penfield, public safety will always come first. Future celebrations will be all the sweeter when we are past the physical distancing requirements of COVID-19 and moving on with our new normal. 

    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


    May 20, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Wednesday, May 20

    If you’re eager to borrow materials from the Penfield Public Library I have good news.  As of today, May 20, the library is resuming curbside pick-up services. As a bonus, the library system has extended the due date for all materials. Even though the library itself remains closed to the public don’t let that stop you from getting some new books and entertainment for your family.  A few details:

    • Library phones at (585) 340-8720 will be staffed and curbside pick-up services will resume as of 10:00 AM, May 20, but the library building will remain closed to public entry.
    • All programs, as well as outside use of library meeting space, have been postponed.
    • The book drop will remain open, but you don’t have to rush to return items currently in your possession. The Monroe County Library System has extended the due date for all materials to June 29, and no overdue fines will accrue.

    Find all the details on how curbside pick-up services work at the library's website,  https://penfield.libraryweb.org/

    Reminder...Our annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will not be held as usual in Veterans’ Memorial Park this year because physical distancing prevents us from gathering in person. Instead, Penfield TV will present a video tribute on Monday, May 25. This may be viewed on Spectrum cable channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device's app store for "Penfield TV." Our guest speaker this year is Rick Gough from the Penfield American Legion Braman Post #1229. 

    Many thanks to Recreation Supervisor Sabrina Renner for reinventing Penfield’s Memorial Day tribute this year. The ceremony is an important part of our town culture and many residents will enjoy the presentation. The video tribute would not be possible without the exceptional work of our Penfield TV team. Penfield TV has been innovating in many ways to keep internal meetings, town board meetings and events like Memorial Day moving forward. Thank you, team.

    If you follow Governor Cuomo’s daily briefings you will be familiar with the "Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest" that’s underway. Entrants submitted a 30 second video on the theme of why it is so important to wear a face mask to stop the spread of COVID-19. About 600 entries from across the state were submitted and five were chosen as finalists; the winning ad will be used as a PSA. You can vote for your favorite now through May 25. The winner will be announced May 26. Here’s a link:

    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/wear-mask-new-york-ad-contest-cast-your-vote

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with Phase One and then on to Phase Two. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    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

     


    May 19, 2020
    Supervisor’s Update: Tuesday, May 19

    On yesterday’s Monroe County’s conference call, County Health Director Dr. Michael Mendoza shared his concern about new cases of COVID-19 that I would like to share with you. He reported that new COVID-19 cases are popping up that have been traced to exposures at family Mother’s Day parties. And other new cases are emerging from people who were out in large groups enjoying recent warm weather without physical distancing. This is troubling.

    Dr. Mendoza asked county leaders to appeal to the public to “not let your guard down.” He reminded us that the scope of Phase One is limited and does not pertain to most people. He further stressed that the virus is still out there and we all must “do the right thing when nobody's looking” to avoid a flip that will undo all the good we have accomplished as a community to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    People who choose to ignore physical distancing and do not wear masks in public put the community at risk. If trends go in the wrong direction, Phase Two will be delayed and we may end up going backwards altogether. 

    I find the risk of slipping backward troubling on many levels. I urge Penfield residents to do the right thing: stay six feet apart from others, wear a mask when you can’t maintain separation and whenever you're in public, practice hand hygiene, and disinfect where you can. Given the tens of thousands of masks that were distributed in Penfield last week there are plenty of masks in our community and we should be seeing them, or other personal masks, on the faces of folks out and about in town. Penfield is known as a caring community—please “do the right thing when nobody's looking” and help keep us moving forward. 

    COVID-19 testing is now available for anyone who is symptomatic and all essential employees. If you are a member of the public with symptoms and would like a test, you are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible. If you are an essential employee, you don't need to have symptoms, you may still access testing. Please note, this is NOT an antibody test, it is a test to detect the COVID-19 virus. Call (888) 364-3065 or visit covid19screening.health.ny.gov and click "Start Assessment." Click here for more information on testing.

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with Phase One and then on to Phase Two. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

    The county clerk’s office would also like to remind everyone that the DMV will be closed at least until June 8. When DMV opens, it will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Mobile DMVs are cancelled for the rest of 2020.  The county clerk has shared that there many services are now available by mail online, so check out https://www2.monroecounty.gov/clerk-COVID-19 to learn more about your options.

    We can all see a theme developing of appointment-only services as our region gets back to business. We should all expect new rules and procedures as we re-engage with all sorts of businesses and providers in the “new normal.” In general, it will be smart to call ahead or research online before taking action.

    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


    May 18, 2020
    Supervisor's Update: Monday, May 18

    I would like to start the week with a few reminders as we begin our first full week of business under Phase One of New York Forward.  

     

    As I shared in my May 14 update, today marks the first day of APPOINTMENT ONLY business for the Town’s Building Department to support construction-related business allowed in Phase One. This includes residential building projects, contractors working on behalf of residents, and developers. Construction projects include new builds, remodels, sheds, decks, pools, fireplace inserts, and other actions that require permits and inspections from the Town of Penfield Building Department. During Phase One, only the Building Department may schedule appointments. All other business with the Town will continue to be managed remotely by phone, email, or website until further notice.

     

    See details regarding the Town of Penfield’s process and requirements under Guidelines for NYS Phase One reopening on the home page of www.penfield.org or go directly to http://www.penfield.org/index.php?bShow=356518127&cat=10

     

    The Penfield Town Court has asked me to share that as of Monday, May 18, the court remains closed to the public. However, the office is now staffed and they are able to assist you by phone or email only. Please leave a voicemail at (585) 340-8623 or send an email to court@penfield.org . They will respond to your inquiry within 48 business hours.

     

    The following instructions were published on the Penfield Town Court web page today: 

    If you received a notice for a court date in May please disregard that notice. Pursuant to a directive from NY Chief Administrative Judge Marks all court sessions remain suspended until at least after May 30. As this date may change, we are currently unable to confirm your next court date or reschedule any court dates.

     

    All payment due dates are extended until court is back in session.

     

    IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU MAY:

    1)  CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY

    2)  GO TO www.nycourts.gov FOR UPDATED COVID-19 COURT NEWS FROM NYS

    3) CALL THE NY COURTS HOTLINE   1-833-503-0447

     

    May 17-23 is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. I visited the team over at Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) this morning and thanked them, on behalf of the Penfield residents, for all they do to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. This group of dedicated volunteers is among the front line medical heroes providing day-to-day lifesaving services as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be sure to thank and support them in their work. We can all show our respect for the PVEA and all EMS practitioners by wearing face masks, observing physical distancing rules, and following CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    Have you registered for Monroe County’s symptom tracker? It only takes a few seconds to register and respond each day. By participating, you will contribute useful data to help monitor our community’s health and help the health department understand COVID-19 patterns. Data will determine how our region moves forward with Phase One and then on to Phase Two. If you would like to participate go to ROCCOVID.org. You can read more about this project at https://www.monroecounty.gov/?q=node/9396.

     

    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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