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September 18, 2017
Supervisor's Column for September 18, 2017

Supervisor’s column September 18, 2017

The weather on Saturday was picture perfect for the hundreds of attendees who enjoyed the annual Tastin’ the Blues festivities. The music by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with Joe Beard was fabulous, as it has been for the last decade!

A special thank you to all the chili contest participants and to those who won the judges’ and people’s choice awards. This event closes out the 2017 Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage series. I would like to recognize Steve Orsini of Penfield Recreation and all the staff who supported him in making this another wonderful season. The shell will be taken down over the next few weeks and stored for the winter, but rest assured the 2018 series is being planned and we look forward to another great season to kick-off in late May!

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Hampton Inn on Panorama Trail South, the newest business to open in Penfield. Indus Hospitality Group and president Jett Mehta have moved their corporate offices to this location. I have heard from many residents who have had family and friends stay at this hotel. They rave about the staff, accommodations, and the location. Please join me in welcoming Indus Hospitality Group to the community of Penfield.

I want to give a shout-out to Laurie Broccolo and her team at Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care for the opening of the B-Friendly Farm at their garden center, 2755 Penfield Road. The B-Friendly Farm is an ecologically friendly agricultural educational destination. The farm supports both agricultural production and biodiversity working in harmony to improve the local community. The property features a butterfly house, laying hens, honey bees, and a wildflower field. Broccolo has included wonderful examples of sustainable landscaping using permeable pavers, walkways made of recycled tires, turf grass and gardens managed through integrated pest management practices, rain gardens, rain barrels, and a green roof. I encourage visits to their garden center, it is a great learning experience for all ages!

The 2017-18 school year is now well underway and family routines are getting back to normal, making this a good time to refocus attention on the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). This wonderful organization provides assistance to more than 80 families on a weekly basis and there are a number of ways you can support their efforts. Your family, neighborhood, or business could adopt a shelf. You can donate when you order from Amazon, donate empty bottles and cans, donate your garden harvest, host a food drive, donate through the United Way, or make a tax deductible monetary donation. For more information on how you can support the PEFS, go to

Mark your calendars for the annual Penfield Community Bike Drop sponsored by Penfield Rotary and the Penfield Recreation to be held on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Used bicycles will be collected and donated to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester’s needy children and adults. This is a great way to clean out your garage for the winter and donate those bikes, tricycles, big wheels and more to a great organization and a future bike owner!

The next Nels Carman Big Band Night is Tuesday, October 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center in the gym. The fee is $1.00 at the door. The Penfield Rotary Band will play your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. The dates for the rest of the 2017 performances are November 7 and December 5.

Until next week, enjoy this great warm weather! Visit a park, hike a trail, or explore a playground. This is a great time of the year to be outside and enjoying our community!


September 11, 2017
Supervisor's Column for September 11, 2017

Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of September 11 when this country was brutally attacked and many lives were lost and families impacted. I would ask all of our residents to take a minute 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!  

Mark your calendars…we will be hosting the next “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30PM in the auditorium at the Town Hall. Passport night has been an extremely popular for individuals thinking about getting a passport or updating one that has expired. Signing up in advance is encouraged, but not required. For more details, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 340-8629. 

Last reminder…please stop in this Saturday, September 16,  from 12 to 4PM at the Penfield Amphitheater for the fourteenth annual Tastin’ the Blues. This is a wonderful event with good music (Steve Grills and the Roadmasters), Genesee Brew House sampling, great food all day, and of course a host of many great chili recipes to try. Please stop by and try all of the award-winning chili recipes and vote for your favorite! 

The comptroller and I presented the 2018 tentative budget to the Town Board last week. This tentative budget will become the preliminary budget, and a public hearing will be held October 4 to hear any and all comments and to answer any specific questions our residents have on the proposed $19.1M budget. The 2018 tax rate remains at $2.69 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is the same as the 2017 rate. Additionally, the proposed tax levy increase is below the increase allowed by New York State.

The budget is available on-line at (go to “quick links,” and “Town Budget”). Copies are also available at the Penfield Public Library or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller at the Town Hall at 340-8621.

Since the dedication of Jack’s Place at Rothfuss Park, this playground has been the hottest spot in the county for kids to come and play. The new playground includes slides, bridges, tunnels, swings, balance beams, climbing elements, a dinosaur dig, and a little library. On behalf of the Town Board and the entire Penfield community, I would like to once again recognize the JACK Foundation and Anne & AJ Heiligman for the donation of this wonderful playground to Penfield. To support and learn more about JACK Foundation, please visit and follow JACK Foundation on Facebook.

Do you want a break from cooking breakfast and dinner for a weekend? Well, I have two wonderful food events coming up that will get you out of the kitchen and support two great organizations. First, Boy Scout Troop 312—celebrating their 52nd year—will be sponsoring their annual Pancake Breakfast the weekend of September 30 and October 1 at the Penfield Fire Hall in the Four Corners. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11AM.

For dinner, the First Baptist Church of Penfield will be hosting a chicken barbeque on Saturday, September 30 from 2 to 6PM (or until sold out). Chickens will be prepared on site by Gale-Wyn Catering, dinners are $10.50 and include a half barbequed chicken, coleslaw or macaroni salad, salt potatoes, roll & butter and a dessert. Bring your family and tell your neighbors—you can eat in or take out! Thank you in advance for supporting our service and church organizations in Penfield.

September 10–16 is National Assisted Living Week. The theme this year is “Family is Forever,” which recognizes the unique bonds assisted living residents and staff members form. Assisted living is a long-term care service that fosters choice, dignity, independence, and autonomy in our elderly nationwide. I urge all citizens to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these facilities, and also to learn more about assisted living services and how they benefit our communities. 

Until next week, enjoy the start of the fall weather, and consider visiting one of our many farm markets to load up on the fall harvest and other wonderful treats they offer!


September 8, 2017
Supervisor, Comptroller present 2018 Tentative Budget, Public Hearing set

Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo presented the proposed 2018 Tentative Town Budget to the Penfield Town Board and community on Wednesday, September 6.

The proposed 2018 Tentative Budget, including special districts, is $19.1M. The proposed Town Operating Budget (without special districts) is $16.2M. 

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

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

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

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

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

“This is the eighth budget I have helped prepare with our comptroller and department heads as town supervisor. I continue to be impressed with their attention to detail and creative ways to maintain services, absorb any unfunded mandates, stay under the state imposed tax cap, and still look for expanded opportunities for shared services publicly and privately,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We are able to maintain the current tax rate of 2.69 per $1,000 of assessed property value for 2018, giving our residents year-on-year stability of their town taxes without impacting any current services.” 

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

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

As of September 7, print copies of the 2018 Tentative Budget are available at the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller in the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, in Penfield. The Tentative Budget is also available online at  (go to ‘Quick Links,’ ‘Town Budget’). A public hearing to receive comments on the Preliminary Budget is set for October 4. The Penfield Town Board reviews comments now through October 12.

September 6, 2017
Supervisor's Column for September 6, 2017

School is beginning and fall is around the corner, which means it is time for Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser to start their 2017-18 program. The First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP), 1862 Penfield Road, invites you the 3rd Saturday each month from now through June for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $5.00 per person.

FBP’s next event will be held on Saturday, September 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM and the proceeds will help support Willow Domestic Violence Center. Their vision is a community free from domestic violence where healthy relationships thrive. Bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. FBP’s Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible, and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please log-on at 

I am reminded by AAA that about one third of current drivers do no stop for school buses when they have their red flashing lights activated—this is unacceptable!  New York State law states that when a stopped school bus flashes its red light(s), traffic approaching from either direction, even in front of the school and in school parking lots, must stop before reaching the bus. You should stop at least 20 feet (6 m) away from the bus. This law applies on all roadways in New York State. You must stop for a school bus, even if it is on the opposite side of a divided highway.

School begins this week and law enforcement is cracking down on this bad behavior. School buses are picking up or dropping off our children and grandchildren. Please save yourself the price of a ticket and points on your license, not to mention the most important factor—the safety of our children!

The 2018 tentative budget will be officially presented to the Town Board on Wednesday, September 6, and will be available on-line at Hard copies of the budget are also available for review at the Penfield Public Library and the Town Hall in the Comptroller’s office. The tentative budget will become the preliminary budget. There will be a public hearing on October 4 to hear any and all comments from our residents on the 2018 budget. The public comment period will run from September 6 through October 12. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the budget, please contact the Comptroller at 340-8621, or me at 340-8630.

The Friends of the Penfield Public Library 41st annual used book sale is just around the corner, running from September 12 through 16 at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four themed rooms. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library.  Book sale hours are as follows: Tuesday, September 12, 2-9PM members only ($5, join in advance or at the door); Wednesday and Thursday, September 13 and 14, 10AM-9PM; Friday, September 15, 10AM-6PM (half price day); and Saturday, September 16, 9AM-2PM ($3 bag, specials remain half-price). Shoppers should bring their own bags, no food or drink allowed, and please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.

The grand opening, and I mean the GRAND OPENING, of JACK’s Place dinosaur-themed playground was recently held at Rothfuss Park with more than 1,200 people on hand to help celebrate this wonderful new addition to the park. When the Rothfuss family approached the town and the Nature Conservancy in the early 2000s to discuss how this 70+ acre site could be preserved for future generations, this is exactly what Jim Rothfuss had envisioned! Rothfuss Park plays host to thousands of our youngest residents annually playing sports, riding bikes, flying kites, utilizing the walkways, and now enjoying JACK’s Place. I would like to once again recognize the Rothfuss family for their vision in making this park a destination in Penfield, and to the JACK Foundation for adding the latest gem that will be enjoyed for decades to come. 

Please note—the annual Penfield-Webster Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off will be next Saturday, September 16 from 7:45AM to 1:00PM at the Webster Highway Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway. This is an appointment service only, and you can make your appointment on-line at, or call Penfield DPW at 340-8710 through Friday, September 15 at 3:00PM.  

Until next week, please remember to observe stopped school buses!


August 28, 2017
Supervisor's column August 28, 2017

This week I am dedicating my column to important and concerning issues that are growing at an alarming rate across this country and have no place in our lives: intolerance, racism, intimidation, and hatred. Sadly, I see these behaviors each day in how individuals speak to one another. I see it in public, in business settings, and sports events. I see and hear it in the daily news. I see it within families. In my 42 years in public service, I have seen toxicity expressed between neighbors and also directed at public employees working in extreme conditions to keep residents safe and secure. And I see these behaviors becoming “normal.”

I wish I could say that I always listened to everything my parents said and asked me to do while growing up. Well, we all know “kids will be kids,” yet we hope what was instilled in us at an early age carries through our entire lives.

My parents regularly talked about and practiced respect. My sister and I were taught to treat others how we wanted to be treated, to be kind and generous, and to consider others’ feelings. We were taught that honesty is the cornerstone of all relationships—necessary to build mutual trust and respect. This lesson has served me well for more than 63 years.    

Now, as a grandfather, I anxiously watch as our two granddaughters ready for their fourth and sixth year in school. The love they have for school and their friends, and their excitement for what lies ahead of them, is refreshing to see. Their innocence is not darkened by hatred and intolerance; it is something for all of us to reflect upon and revisit.

I will share this one example. My wife recently came across this sentiment our youngest granddaughter jotted down in her notebook while coloring, “I shall not sit and watch war happen. I shall stand for peace and make the world a better place…quote by Adyson.” This is a nine-year-old going into fourth grade who has more love, acceptance, and civility than the many people connected to hate groups in our country and world! 

As a long-time Penfield resident and public servant, I know our town has a well-deserved reputation as “a great place to live and raise a family.” I am reminded why every day. For many residents it’s because of our many neighborhoods, outstanding schools, parks and trails, active sports community, vibrant performing and visual arts, active volunteers, faith community, and our connection to the greater community of Monroe County. The list can go on and on. 

Penfield is also known as a “wellness community.” The quick take on that theme is making healthy choices. However, the concept of “wellness” goes far beyond what we do to keep our bodies healthy. It means we work together to build a healthy community of tolerance and respect. 

As supervisor, I witness neighbors helping neighbors, civility, acceptance, and the unity they bring to our community. I regularly see that how we treat one another—what my parents taught me—builds positive relationships within our community and out in the world at large. 

We have come so far, yet we have so far to go. No one person or group can correct all of the current problems we face as a nation. I will say I am cautiously optimistic that there are more Adysons in the world trying to make it a better place than there are hate groups trying to tear us apart. We must extinguish the hatred. Let’s learn from history not repeat it!

Hate in all its forms, labels, and symbols is toxic—and hate is not welcome in our community. 

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” 

― Maya Angelou

Until next week, 


August 24, 2017
Penfield Library used book sale Sep 12-16

The “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” (FPPL) will host the group’s 41st Annual Used Book Sale September 12–16 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. All are welcome. 

The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four themed rooms. Categories include books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Hardcover and paperback books are $1.00, mass market paperbacks and smaller are 50 cents. Many specials are individually priced. 

“Participation in the Friends’ Book Sale is a great way for the community to show support for the library,” said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. “Funds raised in 2016 have been used to pay for programming for all ages and to support ongoing patron services such as provision of the public photocopier, distribution of the popular monthly BookPage review magazine, and discount passes that allow Penfield residents to attend local cultural attractions like the George Eastman Museum, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery.”

Book sale hours and daily specials are as follows:

MEMBERS ONLY ($5, join in advance or at door)

Tuesday, 9/12  2:00 PM – 9:00 PM 


Wednesday, 9/13 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday, 9/14          10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, 9/15         10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, half-price day

Saturday, 9/16  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $3 bag, specials remain half-price

Shoppers should bring their own bags. (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are appropriate.) Food and drink are not allowed. Aisles are narrow, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.  

August 22, 2017
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sep 16 BY APPOINTMENT

Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Penfield and Webster residents is Saturday, September 16 from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM at the Webster Highway Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway. 

This appointment-only service is hosted by the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster. For details on permitted materials or to make an online appointment go to, or call Penfield DPW at 340.8710 through Friday, September 15 at 3:00 PM.

“Many people seem to have an old partial container of a chemical product in their garage, shed, or under their sink that they want to dispose of—yet they know it should not go in the weekly trash,” said Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Collections like this one offer an environmentally safe solution to that dilemma at no cost. Now’s the time to gather and safely dispose of all those unwanted known and ‘mystery’ chemicals.”

Residents may bring up to 30 gallons of liquid and 75 pounds of solid HHW materials per appointment at no charge. No 55-gallon drums will be accepted. Waste from businesses will not be accepted. 

August 21, 2017
Supervisor's column August 21, 2017

Many residents have asked me about the electronic message boards on Panorama Trail and want to know why the road is being closed this Monday (today) through Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The answer: this is a public works project to replace a deteriorated metal pipe that collects stormwater and carries it over the bank and down into Panorama Valley and Irondequoit Creek. The existing metal pipe will be replaced with a 280 feet of continuous plastic stormwater piping to minimize erosion and maintain proper drainage for this very active roadway. The road closure affects Panorama Trail between Huntington Meadow and Mountain Road.

The 2018 budget continues to take shape as we prepare for the Tentative Budget presentation to the town board on September 6. The information will also be posted at for residents to review. I would like to recognize and thank all of our departments for their work to ensure we present a fiscally responsible budget that continues the same level of services we have provided in the past. This is always a challenge to achieve due to overall increasing costs in all aspects of operations including labor, benefits, materials, and equipment. 

Steady sales tax receipts have assisted in managing some of the increased costs along with additional revenue gained from programming and work we have done for the state and county. It is always a balance of resources when performing outside work for these agencies as we look to generate revenue yet not fall behind in our normal required seasonal work. My compliments to DPW and other departments for making these opportunities work for all. 

I would like to thank Senator Funke for the recent grant we received to construct a turf box field at Rothfuss Park that will be used for lacrosse and soccer. We are hoping to have it completed by the end of the year and ready for play in 2018 and beyond.

Speaking of Rothfuss Park, we have been informed that the official ribbon cutting for the JACK Foundation playground will be this coming Sunday, August 27, at noon. Last week saw a flurry of activity that included the installation of the last components of the playground, spreading of 340 yards of special playground mulch, and installation of the arch, walkway, and curbing around the entire site. The town’s DPW will be completing the final grading and seeding this week as plans for Sunday’s event take shape. There will be a DJ on hand along with food trucks and many other activities for our youngest residents. I hope to see you at this very special dedication on Sunday!

Last week I had the honor of attending the 55th anniversary celebration of the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club to make remarks about this amazing group, its members, and all the good work they do in our community including support and donations to many local food shelves, school scholarship funds, Golisano Children’s Hospital, hospice groups, and much, much more! I would like to recognize Robert A. Calabrese, charter member of this local organization. Bob is a committed member and a friend of Penfield. On behalf of the Penfield community I would like to recognize him and the entire organization for all they do each and every week. Kiwanis International brings the world together—one community at a time!

Save the date! The 41st annual Friends of the Penfield Public Library used book sale will take place September 12 to 16 at the Penfield Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. This sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four well-organized rooms. Do not miss this wonderful annual event!

Important dates and events in history: August 24, 1814 – The British set fire to Washington, D. C.; August 25, 1916 – The United States National Park Service is established; and August 25, 1944 – Allied troops liberate Paris.

Until next week enjoy the last few week before the Labor Day holiday, the summer has once again flown by!



August 14, 2017
Supervisor's column August 14, 2017

In recent weeks some residents have asked me if there is any news to share regarding Dolomite/Oldcastle’s sale of Shadow Pines Golf Course. Many have also expressed their opinions on what they think the town should—or should not—do regarding the future of use of that property. The quick answer is that, as of right now, there is no news to share. 

As you may recall the town board extended the golf course moratorium through March 2018 to allow more time for discussion between the property owner Dolomite/Oldcastle and the town. While this process has been active and ongoing it has also been slow and methodical. The town board and town staff have done their work to evaluate Dolomite/Oldcastle’s announced sale of the property. The Moratorium Committee has done its work and made its recommendations to the town board regarding the best future use of that property, including their recommendation that the town purchase Shadow Pines. For the past five to six months the town has been exploring the possible purchase of the property with Dolomite/Oldcastle. Discussions have included pricing, environmental considerations, uses, and the like. Should this move forward, there would still be many legal steps along the way including a public referendum for residents to weigh in on funding to make the purchase.  

As of now, Dolomite/Oldcastle is considering the most current volley from the town and we await their comments and feedback. You can see this has been a lengthy and complicated process. I have attempted to share a high level snapshot of where we are. 

As we have done throughout the process, when we have news to share we will update the Moratorium Committee directly and also post that information on the project page at

The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Blood donors are needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients locally and across the country. This is a time of emergency need due to summer vacations when many are traveling and not able to donate. We ask all eligible donors to give blood at this upcoming local event to help offset a critical blood shortage that could leave patients without potentially lifesaving support.

To schedule your life-saving appointment, please contact 1-800-Red Cross, or visit and use sponsor keyword “penfieldcommunitycenter.” Thank you in advance for providing the gift of life!

Planet Fitness recently held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newest facility located in Panorama Plaza (formerly the home of Panera Bread and the Dollar Store, and for those of us who remember, the Panorama Movie Theater). Also on hand was NASCAR driver and Dayton 500 Champion Joey Logano, who signed autographs for more than two hours for eager fans, many of whom braved a rainy downpour to catch a glimpse of this star. Planet Fitness is another wonderful wellness facility in Penfield helping to grow our town as a wellness community for all ages.

If you think you recently saw many truckloads of dinosaurs—including a T-Rex—at Rothfuss Park you were not dreaming! Last week several more components of Jack’s Place, the new dinosaur-themed playground sponsored by The JACK Foundation in memory of Jack Heiligman, were delivered to their new home. Please check in at for the upcoming grand opening and dedication schedule. This one-of-a kind playground will draw interest from all of our youngest residents!

The 2018 budget process is well under way, with the Tentative Budget due to be presented to the town board by our town comptroller and myself at the September 6 town board meeting. As has been the case in past years, we are seeing an increase in medical coverage costs. For 2018, costs are projected to be up by approximately 10.5 percent. Workers Comp insurance will remain relatively flat due to going out for bid and selecting a new carrier, while other general insurances are slightly up. 

Several pieces of heavy equipment are being proposed for replacement in 2018. To give you a sense of the cost of some of this equipment, a new fully-equipped snow plow costs about a quarter of a million dollars! I will provide a weekly update on how the budget process is going from now through budget adoption on October 18. 

This past Saturday I had the honor of being part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program entitled “BossLift.” ESGR is the link between members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers. With almost half of our nation’s military strength residing in the National Guard and Reserve, the Department of Defense developed this program to assist the Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to provide information, resources and assistance to resolve issues.

The program began bright and early with an aerial excursion provided by the US Army 642nd Aviation Support Battalion located off Scottsville Road. Briefings were provided by an active Lt. Colonel and a retired Major General about the ESGR program and the employer resource guide. It ended with a sumptuous lunch of MREs—that’s Meal, Ready-to-Eat—an experience all its own! 

Rochester and Monroe County are fortunate to have so many members of the Guard and Reserve in the workforce. Why do they make good employees? Because they have a global perspective; are on-time, all the time; first class image; calm under pressure; can-do attitude; physical conditioning; and they understand diversity, responsibility, professionalism, and leadership. To all the men and women of the Guard and Reserve, thank you for your service, be well and be safe!

Until next week enjoy the summer, we are starting to see the fall approaching.


August 7, 2017
Supervisor's column August 7, 2017

Mark your calendars for a new and exciting program to be held on Sunday, August 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Public Library. They will be hosting a “How-To Festival” where attendees can learn 20 things in just three hours. Among the topics to be covered are finding missing money, tracing a family tree, making wine at home, arranging flowers, decorating cupcakes, and much more. The Wegmans Zoo-mobile will be on-hand, and a monster truck will be on display. Cyndi Corrigan from The Art Stop will demonstrate painting tiles with alcohol inks, and Jody B’s Studio of Dance will have everyone moving to the beat. This event is family-friendly; all activities are free and no registration is required.

ATTENTION…many residents and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) have reported that a number of vehicles in Penfield and surrounding communities have been entered by individuals looking for valuables like loose change, phones, laptops, purses, and wallets. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles were easy targets because they were left unlocked. The MCSD encourages us to keep our vehicles locked—even in our own driveways. Never leave valuables exposed even if it your car is locked. Also, when heading into a fitness center, do not exit your car then place wallets and purses in the trunk. You never know who is watching for an opportunity to help themselves to your possessions. There have been many incidents of thieves breaking into trunks after watching people hide their valuables away before going in to work out! Lock valuables away out of sight before you leave home. 

As a member of the Crime Stoppers board of directors, I can assure you that our organization is always looking for ways to help law enforcement solve crimes across our region and, at times, across the country. This past Saturday the 4th Annual Nick K 5K was held to support the Nicholas Kapusniak Memorial Scholarship Fund and Crime Stoppers.

Nick Kapusniak was a 20 year old student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was killed on March 1, 2014 in a senseless act of violence as a drive-by shooter randomly fired gunshots into a crowd of pharmacy students. Nick grew up in Webster and is greatly missed by his family and his many, many friends all across the country. For more information on Nick, please go to I also encourage you to learn more about Crime Stoppers and the work they do to help keep our community safe at

If you have not been by Rothfuss Park lately you will be amazed at the progress of Jack’s Place Playground. The BEAR playground equipment has been placed and the other pieces are due to arrive this week. Installations are scheduled over the next several weeks to complete the project. Stay current with the construction process and the planned ribbon cutting by visiting and follow JACK Foundation on Facebook.

At this time of year many organizations apply for selling permits through the Town Clerk’s Office to allow them to go door-to-door throughout Penfield. All applicants go through a background check and those who are approved are credentialed. If someone comes to your door to sell anything or provide information about their services please ask to see their permit. If they do not have a permit, please contact our Town Clerk’s Office at 340-8629 or call 911. 

For a listing of all approved permits and authorized dates please go to, click on departments on the left side, then on Town Clerk. On the Town Clerk’s page click on “selling permits” on the right side.

One last shout-out for the Penfield Trails Committee’s Ellison Park guided tour this coming Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Meet at the south entrance, 1008 Penfield Road, and look for the hike signs.

Important dates and events in history: August 8, 1786 – The Continental Congress adopts the “dollar” and decimal coinage; August 9, 1945 – The United States drops the 2nd atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan; August 14, 1945 – Japan surrenders “unofficially” ending World War II. 

Until next week, be well and be safe!


July 31, 2017
Supervisor's column July 31, 2017

Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) has added a new summer program featuring Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This class will run three consecutive Thursdays at 11:00 AM beginning August 10 (August 17 and 24). DEAR instructor John Schmeelk will present an examination of the creation of the original document and its impact around the world more than 150 years later. Interesting and surprising revelations will be presented in this series. The three classes will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. While the program is free, registration is required. You may register at or stop by the Recreation Office to register in person.

Two weeks ago the Shepherd Home held its annual golf tournament; this is one of many ways supporters raise money to help fund this wonderful home that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a residential setting. 

While at the tournament I had the opportunity to meet a very energetic and outgoing Nathan Kendrick who will be going into the eighth grade at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton. Nathan was asked to join the Merton Williams Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society; as part of earning this honor, he is required to show his volunteer time in the community and leadership roles. Nathan was excited to volunteer at the Shepherd Home tournament by running the “marshmallow drive.” He has also led the drive to have a leadership role in the honor society. Remember the name Nathan Kendrick, this young man has a great future ahead and will do great things in the rest of his educational career and will leave a positive impact on his professional career...good luck and keep up the great work!

This is the last week of the 2017 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage. This week’s Tuesdays Upstage features “Stay the Plow,” original Americana, country and roots music; and Thursdays Kids’ Fest will close out with Mike Kornrich, a gifted performer and favorite at our music series for many years.  

Mark your calendars for the always popular “Tastin’ the Blues” on Saturday, September 16 from noon to 4:00 PM. This is the last event at the amphitheater before we take it down and put it away for the winter. Music will once again be provided by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with Joe Beard. Genesee Brew House will be providing a lineup of locally brewed craft beer for sampling. Do you have a winning chili recipe? If so, consider entering the chili cook-off competition. I have participated for the last eight years and have had a great time. I have met some wonderful people who may not always be willing to share their recipe--but are willing to tell you what special ingredient you are missing in yours! A lot of fun is on tap with great music, craft beer, and plenty of great chili samples and other food. 

The town board has received many emails and resumes from interested residents who want to participate in the update of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. Thank you to all who have expressed their desire to volunteer. We are looking for residents with varied backgrounds and experiences from all parts of town who are willing to commit their valuable time from September 2017 to June 2019 to help define the community’s vision for growth, provide guidelines for development, and establish goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years that will serve as the legal foundation for all land use decisions.  

If you have an interest in serving on the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update committee please send an email to stating your interest and attach a resume demonstrating your background. Thank you in advance to those who have an interest in serving on this important committee.

I am reminded by our employee wellness team the August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people to make sure they are up to date on recommended vaccines. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information go to

Until next week, enjoy the summer weather. Be well and be safe!



July 24, 2017
Supervisor's column July 24, 2017

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library is hosting a series of films featuring strong women this summer. The last film of the series (which cannot be named due to a licensing agreement) will be shown on Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:15 PM. 

This film is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (up until the current leader Theresa May). One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and stars Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent. (The Weinstein Company, 2012, 105 minutes, rated PG-13.) Registration begins Thursday, July 27.

The next guided hike of the Penfield Trails Committee will be held Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Ellison Park. Discover the off-beat pathways that reveal the natural vistas carved by 10,000 years of Irondequoit Creek flow. Meet at the south entrance (1008 Penfield Road) and look for the hike signs. Consider picking up your “Passport to Wellness” to take along on your hikes. Passports are available at Penfield Recreation or either Penfield Wegmans stores (Rt. 441 or Empire Blvd.) To view trail maps on our website go to

This week’s concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage presents the following: Tuesdays Upstage on July 25 features Noble Vibes, with original reggae anthems and reggae classics (a wine tent will be available at this performance); on Thursday, July 27, Mr. Loops will entertain our youngest residents and their families; and on Saturday, July 29, enjoy a night with the Beatles when Mr. Mustard takes the stage. Music starts at 7:00 PM each night and great food is available.

The last free horticultural class at Broccolo Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road, is Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 AM. The subject is “3Cs of Containers” color, contrast, and container choice. Register at or 424-4476.

Do you know about PenRec’s Wednesday Tea Salon? Every Wednesday at 1:00 PM seniors enjoy hot tea, dessert, stimulating conversation, and a great escape from a busy day. Tea is always served in china and the desserts are always delectable. The first Wednesday of the month is a book review with Kim Catalanello from Penfield Library; the second Wednesday features “Tea with D” and Rochester history stories; and the third Wednesday of each month is a book discussion with Sharon Vito. Books are provided for book discussions on a first come, first served basis and are available at Wednesday Teas. The fourth Wednesday features a general social gathering for all to enjoy! Please note that registration is not required except on the second Wednesdays “Tea with D.”

The Bri-Pen Senior Rides program continues to gather popularity with seniors 65+ who live within Brighton or Penfield. These rides are for medical appointments or religious services only. Appointments must be made at least five business days in advance by calling 340-8674.

Reminder: The Penfield Town Board is looking for residents who would like to participate in the update of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. If you have an interest in volunteering your service please send an email to and attach your resume. We are looking to have the committee established by early September. The commitment is expected to run through June 2019. Thank you in advance to those who have an interest in working on this important committee.

 Important dates and events in history: July 24, 1866 – Tennessee is the 1st state to be readmitted to the Union; July 25, 1898 – American forces invade Puerto Rico; July 26, 1788 – New York is the 11th state admitted to the Union; July 27, 1953 – Korean Conflict ends with Armistice; July 29, 1915 – American forces invade Haiti.

Until next week, I hope to see you out and about our great community. Please stop me and say hello, I welcome your thoughts about Penfield.


July 18, 2017
Supervisor's column July 18, 2017

The Penfield Town Board kicked-off the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update at its July 12 work session. The town updates this plan about every 10 years, as the plan functions as the legal foundation for land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next decade. 

A project page has been added to the town website so that residents have an opportunity to follow the progress. This page will contain all related documents and information generated throughout the process that is estimated to continue through June of 2019.

The Town Board is looking for interested residents to participate in this planning process. If you have an interest, please forward an email to and attach your resume. We intend to have the committee established by early September; the commitment is expected to run through June 2019. Thank you in advance for those of you who have an interest in serving.

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening of the memory care addition at Heathwood Assisted Living Facility located near Routes 250 and 441. This secure environment is designed to conjure memories of home. Residents feel relaxed in the welcoming atmosphere of a cozy country kitchen, living area, dining room and library/lounge. There is an enclosed patio and walking path with direct access from the dining room. Trained staff members employ techniques specifically designed to help residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia enjoy life. 

I would like to give a special shout-out to Carla Chur Suero, President and CEO of Heathwood Assisted Living; Bonnie Goodwin, Administrator at Penfield; and the entire Penfield team who desire to help others and provide care without compromise…congratulations on the new addition and thank you for being part of our community! 

Do you know that the Penfield Public Library is a “Safe Place” community partner? Young people seeking assistance with housing, safety, or other crisis situations will be connected at the library with outreach workers from the Center for Youth, who will assess the needs of the young person in question and access necessary services. 

Residents of Penfield with disabilities may be interested in SportsNet, a community program that provides recreation, fitness, and sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities. For more information please call the SportsNet office at 334-6000, extension 1120.

This week’s Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage concert series features Luca Foresta & The ElectroKings on July 18 for Tuesdays Upstage, and Paulsen and Baker will perform on July 20 for Thursdays Kids’ Fest. Music starts at 7:00 PM and great food is available each night. There is also a wine tent for Tuesday programs. Come enjoy the great venue in Veterans’ Park behind the town hall.

Attention young residents who play soccer! Please note the following opportunities: Penfield Strikers girls’ soccer will hold tryouts for the 2017-18 season for grades 7-12 on July 28 & 29, and grades 2-6 on September 9 & 10. Please visit for more information.

Penfield Rangers Soccer fall tryouts for boys ages 7-19 will be held September 9, 10, 16 & 17. For more information (and for parents interested in coaching) please visit

Every Tuesday lunch is available for seniors at the Penfield Community Center for $4.00. The Tuesday lunch will include a sandwich with a cup of soup or a salad. Lunch is served at noon, and tickets must be ordered 24 hours in advance at 340-8655. Menus for “Tuesday Lunch” are available at the Community Center and online at  

The next day trip with the Recreation Department will be held on Wednesday, August 9 and will feature the Canandaigua Lady boat tour. You will visit the Wine & Culinary Center with lunch on your own at the upstairs Bistro then board the Canandaigua Lady for an afternoon boat cruise. The fee is $32.00 which includes the boat cruise. Depart the Community Center at 11:00 AM and return by 5:00 PM.

Important dates and events in history: July 20, 1969 – American astronaut Neil Armstrong is the 1st human to walk on the moon; July 21, 1861 – Confederate forces win the 1st Battle of Bull Run; July 23, 1868 – The 14th Amendment is added to the Constitution. It provides that no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

Until next week be well and be safe!



July 18, 2017
2020 Comprehensive Plan Underway

 The Penfield Town Board commenced work on the town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update at its July 12 work session. At that meeting, the board and town staff reviewed and accepted a draft timeline outlining milestones of the project that begins this month and is expected to conclude in June 2019. The timeline is available at

The Town of Penfield updates its Comprehensive Plan about every 10 years. The Plan functions as the legal foundation for all land use decisions, defines the community’s vision, provides guidelines for development, and establishes goals and objectives for the next 10 to 15 years. 

”In a continuous effort to keep the community’s needs front and center for our residents, the Town of Penfield has focused on regularly updating the Comprehensive Plan for the past six decades,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our last plan was adopted in 2010. It is now time to focus on the 2020 update and address needs and concerns that have developed in recent years to ensure Penfield remains one of the best towns in Monroe County to live, work, and raise a family.” 

Potential topics for review and update include—but are not limited to—residential, recreation, and commercial property use; the status of a new Mixed Use District; infrastructure; multi-modal connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for elders; medical services; schools, rezoning opportunities; and new zoning districts. 

The process will be led by town staff with a committee of resident volunteers and assistance and input from experts and consultants as needed for topics such as traffic, drainage, sanitary sewers, planning, and other infrastructure and environmental matters. 

Milestones and public participation opportunities will be communicated throughout the process on a project page at

July 13, 2017
Supervisor's column July 13, 2017

The Town of Penfield was represented at the 27th annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge this week as one of 305 participating companies and agencies. This annual event raises funds for not-for-profit organizations in the Rochester-Monroe County Area. This year, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council supported two projects: the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and Catholic Family Center Adult Mentoring Program. I would like to recognize our team captain Lisa Grosser of the Town Clerk’s Office; Sarah Bowers – Penfield Public Library; Ken Kashman – DPW (Highway); and Amy Steklof – Town Clerk. Great job team and congratulations on your participation in the name of “wellness” for yourselves personally and for representing our town government!

If you have been by Rothfuss Park over the last few days you are starting to see the JACK Foundation Playground taking shape as BEAR Playgrounds has started installation of the swing set. Over the next several weeks construction will continue on this wonderful new asset in the Penfield Community that will serve our youngest residents for many years to come. Please go to to learn more about The JACK Foundation and to follow the progress of the construction and playground dedication later this summer.

Over the last six to eight weeks there have been a number of retirements in the town’s Building and Zoning Department. It has been challenging to fill the positions, hence we have gotten behind in building permits and code enforcement. We were able to bring back some retirees part-time to assist and have recently extended employment offers to several new people who we hope can start in the next few weeks. I want to apologize for delays in turnaround time for permits and for following up on code enforcement issues. Full staffing should be in place on or before month’s end so we can get back to a normal processing time for permits and code enforcement violations. Thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter.

All counties, towns, and villages are working on the most recent “original” directive issued from the governor’s office entitled “shared services,” which is to be completed by August 1. A few years ago the same initiative was called the “local government tax freeze efficiency plan” intended to make local government more efficient in the eyes of the governor! Those plans, submitted two years ago, were never accepted or utilized. I question if they were ever even reviewed by Albany—and now here we are developing a new plan—really!

For decades, local governments in our area have done an outstanding job of sharing services with one another countywide. We regularly share equipment, personnel, materials, and more. As I have said many times before in this column, the real problem is in Albany with their ongoing lay-ons, unfunded mandates, inefficiencies, and outdated policies and practices. I might suggest the governor, working with the legislature, clean up their house before they come in to try and clean up ours. In fact, we would be would be better served, and the governor would be further ahead, to assemble a cross-section of local government officials from across the state to identify “shared services” that could be implemented in Albany that would yield greater savings for the rest of the state. However, we will never see this happen as it would expose state government for what is really is…bloated and inefficient!

We have started the town’s 2018 budget cycle. Between now and September 6, when the Finance Director and I are to share the “tentative budget” with the town board, I will cover milestones of the process in my column to share how plans are shaping up for next year.

Until next week, be well and be safe. Remember to take in one of the great shows in the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series!



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