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April 16, 2018
Supervisor's column April 16, 2018

One last shout-out for the Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser this coming Saturday, April 21, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road. All April proceeds will go directly to help support a real jewel in our community—the Shepherd Home. This two-bed comfort care facility provides hospice care to the terminally ill in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual in the last weeks of life.

The Penfield Players—your community theater—will present “A Comedy of Tenors” April 27 and 28; May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 8:00PM. There is a Sunday matinee May 6 at 2 PM. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Directed by Dave Woodworth and produced by Liz Gill and Sandy Lowe-Dusel, “A Comedy of Tenors” follows producer Henry Saunders in 1930s Paris as he tries to keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maria from causing runaway chaos just before the concert of the century. With four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans, what could possibly go wrong? Prepare for an uproarious ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight! Tickets are available in advance for $12 at the Penfield Recreation Office or $15 at the door. For more information about this production and the Penfield Players, please go to www.penfieldplayers.org

Penfield Recreation’s Summer Day Camp programs begin June 25 and run through August 10 with four different sessions. Additionally, K-One Day Camp runs June 25 through August 3 with three different sessions. Day camps provide each child an opportunity to explore new activities along with the fun and enjoyment of all the past favorites. Offerings include active and quiet games, arts and crafts, sports activities, field days, specials, and an event or two with other day camp sites. Each camp session will also include a bowling field trip. Day Camp locations include Harris Whalen Park, Scribner Road School and the Penfield Community Center. Our camps are popular and fill up quickly, so don’t delay! Register now for your favorite week or weeks by logging on at www.penfieldrec.org

Our Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to grow and expand…wisdom at its finest! Our team is excited to offer classes and lectures to our consortium of lifetime learners. DEAR engages adults in intellectual, socially viable cognitive activities to help keep the mind sharp and alert while reducing the risk of delaying the onset of age-related concerns. DEAR at the Penfield Community Center has become an important staple to adults who understand the significance of this idea and would like to reshape the way they spend leisure time, meeting new and interesting people along the way. Join the national movement to learn and share life experience with others and explore the multitude of FREE programs available. Please note that while most classes are FREE, registration is required. For more information and details about the programs offered, please refer to the Pen-Rec Summer 2018 Brochure pages 35 to 42, or visit www.penfieldrec.org

We all seem to be waiting for some signs of spring in Penfield with recent snow and never ending rain! Well if there is one sign, it is opening day for Penfield Little League (PLL) which is schedule for Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 AM at Veterans Park here at the town hall complex. Come join the fun as PLL opens another year of exciting baseball and softball. I hope to see you there!

Until next week…please make sure that storm drains near your home are not covered with leaves and branches to ensure water is flowing properly with all the rain in the forecast. We do not want to see you or your neighbors experience any flooding.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


April 12, 2018
Electric Car Show at Community Center Saturday, April 21

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. All enthusiasts are welcome to participate; contact show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or kanauer@frontiernet.net ) with your name, make, model, and year of your vehicle, and your address. 

Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display, and members will be on-hand to answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive a variety of electric cars provided by the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator. The show is expected to include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, and others. “This year we are hoping a Tesla Model 3 will be at the Show,” said Bob Kanauer. “Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This is a great opportunity to see and learn more about plug-in electric vehicles.”

This is the seventh year the town is hosting the electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in 2012. The town installed a second charging station at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third followed in Harris Whalen Park. 

Supervisor Tony LaFountain said, “We are happy to support this annual event to help educate residents on the benefits of the growing electric vehicle industry. Each year we look forward to seeing the newest models as well as cars owned by innovative enthusiasts.”


April 9, 2018
Supervisor's column April 9, 2018

A resolution was passed by the Town Board at the Wednesday, April 4 meeting, for the direct purchase of the Clark House from the Town’s general fund reserves rather than by bond. This option is available to the Town Board because sales tax revenue for 2017 was higher than projected. Purchasing the Clark House parcel outright will benefit the Town and taxpayers by lowering the overall bonding amount, reducing financing costs, and lowering the projected per household payback cost from an estimated $11 per year for 30 years to between $9 and $10 per year. 

Direct purchase of the Clark House will lower the overall costs for this parcel from the projected $260,000. And, separating the Clark House parcel from bonding also eliminates IRS tax implications that could restrict or complicate future uses of the property. After closing, the Town will perform general maintenance to the Clark House and its grounds. The Town will bond the purchase of the remaining 206 golf course acres as originally planned.

While the spring weather is still trying to reach our area, now is the time to start the process of getting a building permit if you intend to add a pool, deck, shed, or addition to your home. Pre-planning and early application will help avoid delays. As the weather improves permit requests increase significantly. The Building Department needs time to review applications and plans prior to the issuance of any permit. The sooner you are in the queue the sooner a permit can be issued—so don’t delay, get your application in early so you can enjoy your project this season. If you have any questions about the process, please go to www.penfield.org (Departments/Building and Zoning) for more information or call 340-8636.

The summer edition of the Pen-Rec brochure will be hitting mailboxes as I write this column. Please take a minute to scan through the extensive lineup of programs for residents of all ages—another great job by the Recreation Department team for continuing to look at new and interesting programs to serve you. Remember to sign up early as our programs tend to fill up quickly. This brochure is also online at www.penfieldrec.org.

You have heard me say many times, “healthy businesses make for a healthy community.” As you are looking through the current Pen-Rec brochure you will see a number of businesses that help to underwrite our programs to keep costs as low as possible. Please consider supporting these businesses and thank them for being so involved with our town. I know they will appreciate your patronage and kind words.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) is sponsoring a new program called “Summer Food for Kids.” This program will help ensure that our youngest residents have access to healthy food during the summer months. You can help by donating tuna, mac & cheese, canned pasta, beef stew, applesauce cups, microwaveable bowls, and mayonnaise and jelly in plastic jars. Please drop off your food donations in the chute at the back of the Food Shelf, 1618 Jackson Road, by June 15. For more information on this program and all of the other great things PEFS does to support our great community, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org.

Seasonal jobs…applications are being accepted for the following positions: school-year lifeguard/WSI, program specialists, and volunteers. Applications are available at the Recreation Department Office, 1985 Baird Road.

Bri-Pen Senior Rides continues to look for volunteers to drive Penfield and Brighton seniors to their medical appointments, religious services, and town community centers. Drive at your convenience, any availability is a great help. Please call 340-8674 for more details and to sign up. Thank you in advance for assisting your fellow residents who may not have access to transportation that helps to keep them healthy and connected.

Until next week, bundle up and brave this latest winter weather blast…spring has to be just around the corner!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


April 5, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: 5 PM UPDATE on storm-related power outages

The RG&E conference call with municipalities and agencies that I mentioned earlier just wrapped up. As you will likely hear from local news media, RG&E continues to estimate restoration of power for nearly all outages in Monroe County is Saturday at 11:00 PM—this includes Penfield outages. 

Additional crews are arriving in Rochester late this afternoon through this evening. The best way to monitor RG&E’s progress is the outage report on their website listed below. As of this message, 563 residences are still without power in Penfield. 

The Penfield Library and Community Center and are open and available as warming stations through 9:00 PM tonight, Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Monitor RG&E outages at http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html


April 5, 2018
A message from Penfield DPW regarding the April 4 wind storm

The Penfield Town Board has determined there will not be a special town-wide collection of residential tree debris. 

Penfield DPW will be clearing and removing trees, limbs, and related storm debris only from public right of ways and areas that present a public safety concern. These hazards have been identified and are being addressed. Crews are clearing trees that have fallen directly into the right of way and impaired roadways, sidewalks, and public entry/exits points. No trees/limbs should be moved from private property into the right of way. If you have a question or concern about the status of a downed tree please call DPW at 340-8710 and a foreman will assess your situation.

RG&E is working independently on issues that affect power restoration, this may include management of downed or standing trees.  

As always, residents may drop off limbs and branches at the Highway garage, 1607 Jackson Road, Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Sign in at the office at the time of drop-off. (This is a year-round service.) Only branches and shrubs may be dropped off. No stumps, leaves, grass, or concrete or other debris will be accepted. 

As a reminder, this year’s Spring Drop-off for residents is May 18 (7:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and May 19 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) at 1607 Jackson Road. 

MATERIALS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush.

MATERIALS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD electronics (including TVs, computers, monitors, copiers), propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, and driveway sealer. For items of this nature and more, see Monroe County Ecopark “locator” at http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark

See DPW services at http://www.penfield.org/DPW_Services.php?.


April 5, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Storm-related power outages

As of this message (12:10 PM) there are 808 Penfield residences without power according to RG&E. The Town is monitoring the status of restoration and we are in contact with RG&E. There is a status update conference call this afternoon between RG&E and municipalities. I will share additional information following the call and as we learn more throughout the outage. 

You may monitor RG&E outages at http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html


April 2, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Resolution to purchase Clark House from General Fund

A resolution will be presented to the Town Board on Wednesday, April 4, for the direct purchase of the Clark House from the Town’s general fund rather than by bond. This option is available to the Town Board because sales tax revenue for 2017 was higher than projected. 

Purchasing the Clark House parcel outright will benefit the Town and taxpayers by lowering the overall bonding amount, reducing financing costs and lowering the projected per household payback cost from an estimated $11 per year for 29 years to between $9 and $10 per year. 

Direct purchase of the Clark House will lower the overall costs for this parcel from the projected $260,000.  Separating the Clark House parcel from bonding also eliminates IRS tax implications that could restrict or complicate future uses of the property. 

After closing, the Town will perform general maintenance to the Clark House and its grounds. 

The Town will bond the purchase of the remaining 206 golf course acres as originally planned.


April 2, 2018
Supervisor's column April 2, 2018

Supervisor’s column April 2, 2018

At the March 28th Town Board meeting, the board passed a resolution extending the moratorium and prohibition of public golf course redevelopment within the Town of Penfield. The moratorium is in effect through March 31, 2019. (The Town Board held a public hearing regarding the moratorium extension on March 21, 2018.)

The moratorium extension serves two key purposes. Most importantly, it will support the efforts of the Town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee as it works with staff and outside consultants to review and address residential, commercial, and recreational properties; the status and progress of the new Mixed Use District; infrastructure; multi-modal connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for elders; medical services; schools; rezoning opportunities; and new zoning districts. The extension will also cover the gap in the March 30, 2018 moratorium expiration and the expected mid- to late-April closing date for the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines property.

It is important to note that Shadow Lake & Racquet Club remains in normal operations serving its customers with 27 holes of golf, racquet sports, a first class restaurant, and banquet facilities to meet your all your needs for weddings, graduations and more. As you have heard me say in the past, healthy businesses makes for a healthy community, please support the Shadow Lake & Racquet Club.

Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Spring Electric Car Show that will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Most current models will be available for inspection; owners and a number of dealers will be in attendance to answer questions. Ownership of electric vehicles continues to grow across this region and within the town. Additionally, a number of cars “converted” to electric will be on hand for inspection. I hope to see you there, it is always a very informative program.

The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the season entitled “A Little Russian” will be held Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. A concerto will feature the Young Artist Competition winner. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Please call a minimum of two weeks prior to the concert. For more information go to www.penfieldsymphony.org

Our Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee recently met with the Monroe County Recycling Team to receive an update on programming. They would like to remind residents to NOT recycle grocery and retail bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, bread bags, air pillows, case wrapping, and food storage bags in curbside bins/blue boxes. Instead, please take your plastic bags, wraps, and film to a grocery store or other retailer that accepts this material for recycling. All of these materials cause problems to the recycling machinery. Before recycling remove labels, tape and adhesive strips. For more information please log on to www.plasticfilmrecycling.org

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. April proceeds will go directly to benefit the Shepherd Home. This two-bed comfort care facility in our community provides hospice care to the terminally ill in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual in their last weeks of life. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! Visit www.fbpenfield.org  for more details.

I would like to thank the three recent guest columnists for providing residents with a lot of great information: Eric Tait, Director of Public Works; Jim Costello, Director of Development Services; and Chris Bilow, Director of Recreation. One of the things that makes my job easier and very rewarding is the caliber of the employees at the Town of Penfield. We have great employees in all departments who are professionals dedicated to supporting our residents each and every day. Thank you to Eric, Jim, and Chris and all the rest of our team members for your service to Penfield.

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


March 29, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Golf course moratorium extended

Last night the Penfield Town Board passed resolution 18T-089 to adopt a local law extending the moratorium and prohibition of public golf course redevelopment within the Town of Penfield. The moratorium is in effect through March 31, 2019. (The Town Board held a public hearing regarding the moratorium extension on March 21, 2018.)

The moratorium extension serves two key purposes. Most importantly, it will support the efforts of the Town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee as it works with staff and outside consultants to review and address residential, commercial, and recreational properties; the status and progress of the new Mixed Use District; infrastructure; multi-modal connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for elders; medical services; schools; rezoning opportunities; and new zoning districts.

The extension will also cover the gap in the March 30, 2018 moratorium expiration and the expected mid- to late-April closing date for the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines property. 


March 26, 2018
Supervisor's guest columnist Chris Bilow, Director, Penfield Recreation, March 26, 2018

Guest columnist Chris Bilow, Director, Penfield Recreation

It is a pleasure and privilege to guest write for the supervisor’s column this week on behalf of the Recreation Department. 

The summer period is a busy time for all, and the Penfield Recreation Department is no different! We have many programs and events planned for this summer so be sure to check out the summer brochure which will be available in early April. A few of the new family events you should look for include, “How do they do that?” and “Dogs Day Out!” (I have provided a list of key dates and programs for a few of our spring and summer events at the end of this column.)

New this summer is our family-orientated Recreation Destination program. Pick up the booklet in the recreation office and visit or participate in all of the identified activities we have planned this spring and summer. This program is another offering made possible by the support of Wegmans, our wellness partner. 

Starting in April, the Recreation Department will begin the process of updating the Town’s Five-Year Recreation Master Plan. This document is a planning tool that will guide improvements for developing the recreation programs, parks, and recreation facilities for the next five years. The update will be guided by a steering committee comprised of community members, Town staff, and other key individuals. 

The committee will host several sessions at which Penfield residents will be able to share their thoughts and views on the direction of the department and help shape future recreation opportunities for our community. The Master Plan will focus on programs, facilities, and parks. I encourage all residents to participate in any and all opportunities throughout the update process. We are looking to make Penfield Recreation your recreation destination!

Mark your calendar with these key spring and summer program dates:

  • Good Neighbor Day: Saturday, May 19
  • Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance: Monday, May 28
  • Summer concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage: Begins June 1 (Food truck rodeo)
  • Independence Day Parade and Fireworks: Saturday, June 30
  • The “Passport to Play” and “Hit the Trail Passport” are always available at Penfield Recreation

For details on any of the above special events or any of the programs from Penfield Recreation please contact us at www.penfieldrec.org, recreation@penfield.org, or 340-8655.  We look forward to seeing you at an event this summer!


March 19, 2018
"Passport Night in Penfield" April 5

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

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

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

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

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

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $145 ($110 plus a $35 application fee). For an applicant under 16, the fee is $115 ($80 plus a $35 application fee). Passport cards—which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico—are $30 for applicants aged 16 and older and $15 for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30 and passport book renewals are $110. Passport photos are $7.00 for a set of two.

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

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

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


March 19, 2018
Supervisor's guest columnist, Eric Tait, Director, DPW, March 19, 2018

Supervisor’s guest columnist Eric Tait, Director, DPW

Part I: Winter Review

March has certainly come to Penfield like a lion. On March 2nd we experienced one of the heaviest and wettest snow events to hit Rochester in recent years. In total, the storm dumped a steady 16 inches of snow. All DPW crews were hands-on throughout the event. Like many residents, we were also presented with challenges including the extreme weight of the snow, a number of cars parked in the road or abandoned, some equipment breakdowns, and even plows getting stuck while clearing cul-de-sacs and circles.

Throughout the storm—and all winter long—the DPW has worked to keep all roads in the town open and passable with 18 trucks continuously deployed to plow and salt their routes. Other loaders and smaller trucks were used to clear parking lots, doorways, and assist with some of the smaller cul-de-sacs and circles. Our parks team cleared primary sidewalks, and the DPW clerks fielded hundreds of storm-related calls and relayed priorities to foremen.

In all, the DPW team has worked countless hours and spread nearly 9,500 tons of salt to keep all local, county, and state roads, sidewalks, and town facilities open and passable for emergency responders and residents this winter.

We all hope that Mother Nature is done with the wild weather. Let’s move on to spring news.

Part II: Spring Seasonal News

Once winter is truly gone, we will attend to spring chores like filling potholes, repairing lawn damage from town plows, and verifying, repairing or replacing mailboxes damaged by our plow blades (not snow). We will also repair sidewalk damage, trim trees, and clean storm water drainage ponds and sewer systems.

Need mulch? Our mulch pile is currently stocked in the parking area on Columbus Crossing near the town hall. We will continue to replenish the pile throughout the spring and summer. This is a free service for Penfield residents in partnership with Monroe County DES. After grinding all the winter debris we should have an impressive supply.

As a reminder, brush drop-off is open to residents year-round Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM–3:00 PM, except holidays.

Please make note of the following events and activities:

DPW will host its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 18, 7:30 AM–5:00 PM and Saturday, May 19, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM. This service is for Penfield residents only. We will accept general household refuse; furniture; metals; appliances; lawn mowers with fluids drained; vehicle batteries; concrete, brush, and tree limbs; and tires (four per resident limit). We cannot accept propane tanks; household electronics including computers and accessories, printers, copiers; TVs; grass clippings and leaves; motorized vehicles; and hazardous materials.

Highway crews will conduct their annual oil and stone treatment program on approximately 12.5 miles of town roads and micro pave a number of cul-de-sacs and circles. Both processes extend road surface life. Details will be posted at www.penfield.org and letters will be mailed out to all residents living on streets scheduled to be treated.

Highway crews will also be undertaking the second half of the paving project in the White Village/Parkview neighborhood to repave areas of roads that were damaged and disrupted during the installation of sanitary sewers.

DPW will continue to work on drainage tasks including the completion of the Panorama Trail drainage project. Several additional projects are also scheduled for the summer season.

We are continuing to work on a few projects to support the Town’s goals of becoming more energy efficient. Although we are not doing the installation, DPW has been busy preparing a site on the DPW complex for a new solar array to be installed by Tesla (formerly Solar City). The agreement with Tesla is a power purchase agreement (PPA). With this PPA, Tesla pays the entire cost of equipment and materials up front and no Penfield taxpayer money is being spent on the project. Over time, the new system will provide approximately 70 to 75 percent of the electrical usage of our town facilities. We will also continue to convert the Town’s street lights to LED and upgrade the lighting and playground at Greenwood Park.

If you are a parent or grandparent, please join us for our popular heavy equipment show for children at the Penfield Public Library on July 19. Watch the library website for details. Children and adults love to see and climb around the impressive DPW heavy equipment. Bring your camera!

If you need to dispose of household hazardous waste please note the Monroe County Department of Environmental Service (DES) has moved our traditional spring collection to the fall, on Saturday, September 15, 7:45 AM–1:00 PM. The Town of Penfield will be hosting this year’s event at our DPW complex at 1607 Jackson Road. Schedule your required appointment and learn more at http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw.

We have a wonderful group of dedicated people working at the Penfield DPW. Public safety and the safety of our employees is our highest priority, guiding our decision-making every day.

When you are out driving in your car—whether in a snowstorm or on a beautiful summer day—please pay attention to the posted signage and our flag people, and follow their directions. Please remember to always give heavy equipment and plows the room they need to perform their jobs. We want to ensure that at the end of each day, our valued employees return to their families in the in the same healthy condition in which they reported to work.   

Thank you and enjoy your spring and summer!


March 12, 2018
Supervisor's guest columnist, Jim Costello, Director of Business Development, March 12, 2018

Guest columnist Jim Costello, Director of Business Development

As you have traveled around the town of Penfield in recent months you will have noticed a lot of construction and business activity throughout the community—that’s because Penfield continues to be a popular place to build a new business or residence. 

Empire Boulevard, in particular, continues to experience a renaissance that began three years ago. Waters’ Edge (formerly South Point Cove Apartments), located on the north side of Empire Boulevard in the LaSalle’s Landing zoning district, is near completion with 331 living units among nine buildings. All of the buildings have received Certificates of Occupancy and are nearly fully occupied. The owner, Spoleta Construction, is in the process of finalizing outside work including the creation of a public pedestrian trail that leads to Abraham Lincoln Park.

The K2 Brewing Company, located at 1221 Empire Boulevard, opened in December 2017. The business is the site of the former All That Jazz Antique Shop. The brewery serves a variety of beers, vodkas, soft drinks and food by Midnight BBQ. Please visit this new exciting business and introduce yourself to owners Brad and Kyle Kennedy.

The Planning Board recently approved a 6,000 square foot retail building at 1930 Empire Boulevard. The building will replace the former Beale Street restaurant and will be leased to two tenants (Verizon and a second tenant to be determined). This building will now be considered a part of Baytowne Plaza and will provide access to the plaza through its parking lot.

Mary Cariola has recently constructed a new residence at 1146 State Road.  It proposes to relocate its residents from 2575 Browncroft Blvd. to its new site in March. The new nine-unit residence is situated on seven acres at the intersection of State and Jackson Roads and will provide a more tranquil setting for its residents. The former residence is subject to a purchase contract, however no new use for the site has been discussed with the Town to date.

Ellison Heights apartments, located between Penfield Road and Old Penfield Road, is near completion. The site consists of 180 units and a clubhouse and swimming pool for tenant use. The first of five buildings has been completed and the remaining four are quick to follow: 28 units are expected to be available for lease by the end of April, 28 more in the second building in May, another 28 in the third building in June, 36 more in the fourth building in July, and the final 60 units will open in the fifth building in November.

In the Penfield Road area, Dr. Matthew Smith is relocating his Panorama Oral Surgery office from 625 Panorama Trail to 1739 Penfield Road and is constructing a new 2,050 square foot office adjacent to the entrance to Channing H. Philbrick Park. The new office should be completed by early summer.

Dr. Greg Merkley is also relocating his dental practice from 2086 Five Mile Line Road. He has received approval to construct a new 5,000 square foot office across the street at the intersection of Five Mile Line Road and Liberty Street. Work is expected to start soon and the relocation completed by the fall of this year.

Penfield Storage, located at 1677 Penfield Road (next to Charlie Brown’s restaurant) is proposing to add 15,000 square feet of additional storage to the site. The existing building adjacent to Charlie Brown’s will be demolished to make way for an additional 4,000 square foot climate controlled storage facility.  

Heritage Christian Services is purchasing the property at 2730 Atlantic Avenue (the north east corner of the intersection of Scribner Road) for the purpose of constructing a 12,000 square foot day care center. The property is adjacent to the Bay Trail/Scribner Road School campus; the Planning Board discussed a Sketch Plan Review at its February 8, 2018 meeting.

On the east side of Penfield, the Oak and Apple Cidery has been recently constructed at 1600 Dublin Road and is anticipated to open in August. The cidery will press hard and sweet cider with on-site sales and distribution to area stores.

In 2015, the Amish family donated a 19-acre parcel of land, located at 1451 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, to the Town of Penfield. The Town will use the land to create a new pocket park that will include a stream and trails. DPW crews are now constructing a small gravel parking lot at the trail head and a new paved access drive located in the NYSDOT right-of-way. Work on the project is weather dependent and is expected to carry on into the spring.

Wickham Farms is in the process of relocating its agri-business from its current location at 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road to 1315 Sweets Corner Road. They are selling their property at 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road to Home Leasing and Episcopal Senior Communities, Inc. who propose to develop a mixed use community with independent living, memory care, and small scaled businesses. This is the first mixed use proposal in the recently created Mixed Use District along Fairport Nine Mile Point Road.  The Planning Board discussed the mixed use proposal on March 8, 2018 and anticipates hearing Wickham Farms relocation as early as April 12, 2018.

Mascot Homes, builders of the recently constructed Sparrow Point on Baird Road, is proposing the development of a 17-lot, single-family home subdivision at 1698 Creek Street, approximately 300 feet north of Bunker Hill Drive. The price point is anticipated to be in the $400,000 and above range. The Planning Board also heard this application on March 8, 2018.

Finally, in August of this year, the Town of Penfield is honored to again host the Rochester Homebuilders Associations’ Homearama at the Water Song subdivision on Five Mile Line Road. More details to follow in the coming months.

It should be a busy construction season in Penfield this summer. Please contact the Planning Department at 340-8640 or planning@penfield.org if you have any questions regarding the projects mentioned above or any other project that is of interest to you.

P.S. For all who enjoy a hearty breakfast that benefits the community…The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. March proceeds will go directly to Penfield Area Churches for Habitat for Humanity: a coalition of churches from Penfield, Webster, and East Rochester working with Flower City Habitat for Humanity to eliminate housing poverty in our area by financing and constructing homes for low income homeowners in Rochester. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends, or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org.


March 8, 2018
Change in Spectrum Cable Services and Penfield TV

The Town of Penfield received notification from Spectrum Cable on March 5, 2018 of upcoming changes to cable video services in Penfield. Of note, analog signal transmission is being replaced by a full digitally encrypted delivery signal.

This means customers using existing digital equipment (set-top boxes, digital adaptors or CableCard devices) to view their television programming will continue to view video programming without interruption. However, customers without Charter Spectrum-issued digital equipment must install a Charter Spectrum set-top box or CableCard device on each television to continue receiving video content.

Charter Spectrum is providing free equipment offers to customers, depending on customer status and current equipment, for a specified period of time (up to one year at no charge). Upon expiration of the free equipment offer, applicable standard rates will apply at $6.99 for each box. 

Cable TV subscribers should all so be aware that after 33 years of continuous service, Charter Spectrum has chosen to move the Town's Public, Education, and Government Access channels (PEG channels, PCTV) to the following new channel locations:

  • Public Access—former cable channel 15—is now cable channel 1301
  • Educational Access—former cable channel 4—is now cable channel 1302
  • Government Access—former cable channel 12—is now cable channel 1303  

All PEG channels will be searchable within the Charter Spectrum Program Guide, which is now available to customers via their set-top boxes, digital adaptors or CableCard devices.

Charter Spectrum is communicating channel changes through direct mail to customers and an informational website at www.spectrum.com/digitalnow

Charter Spectrum customers in need of assistance should call 1-844-278-3906.

The Town of Penfield remains committed to its goal of open and accessible community and government. Community programming and government meetings will continue to be seen on the new cable channel lineups and also online for on-demand and live viewing at www.penfield.org and Penfield TV's website, www.penfieldTV.org.

Roku users may install the Penfield TV app to watch 24x7 live streams and videos on demand. To install the Penfield TV app you need a Roku device or a Smart TV with the Roku App installed. In the Roku "main menu" select the "channel store," select "special interests," scroll down until you find "Penfield TV" and select “install.” (Users may also perform a "search" under the "channel store" for the keyword "Penfield.")

In addition to Roku, the Town continues to actively explore other resources and “Over the Top” (OTT) delivery services for live and on-demand video content.

For more information or assistance on how to view Town of Penfield video programming please call Penfield Community TV at 585-340-8661, email at pctv@penfield.org, or go to www.penfieldTV.org.


March 5, 2018
Supervisor's column March 5, 2018

Shadow Pines vote update…On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to thank everyone who came out to vote on the two propositions involving the acquisition of the Shadow Pines property. Voting is the primary way for citizens to participate in government, and by voting in this special election Penfield residents made their voices heard and registered their opinion on how they think the town should proceed on this matter.

With close to 80 percent support, voters in the Town of Penfield approved both propositions to finance the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club. Proposition No. 1 represents a Bond Resolution for financing for the purchase of 206 golf course acres for $3,390,000. Proposition No. 2 represents a Bond Resolution for financing for the purchase of six acres and the Clark House buildings for $260,000. The vote results (including absentee ballots) for Proposition No. 1 were 5,680 for and 1,309 against; and for Proposition No. 2, 5,651 for and 1,238 against.  

Legal and financial matters will proceed with an estimated closing in April 2018. Residents should note that the property will not officially be owned by the Town until the closing, and therefore it is still considered private property and cannot be used by the public.

Once the sale is complete, the Town will assess and maintain the structures and land immediately surrounding the Clark House. The golf course acreage will not be mowed and maintained; however, it will be made safe. 

The Town is acquiring the property with a designation of “general municipal” use, which allows the greatest flexibility for overall community and public uses. A final plan has not been decided. Initially, passive recreation (hiking, cross country skiing, open space) will be considered to be allowed on certain portions of the property until a final master plan is approved and reviewed with residents. Potential future land uses may include a combination of open space, passive and active recreational uses along with general municipal uses such as a community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. 

The Town Board will form a committee of residents later in 2018 to explore and make recommendations for future land uses. Residents who wish to serve on that committee should express their interest in writing, including supporting details of their experience and expertise, and send to me at supervisor@penfield.org or by mail to Supervisor LaFountain, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. Defining future land use and the zoning of the property will also be a key responsibility of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee.

For the most accurate information on this property as well as the history and background information on The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Golf_The_Shadows

Friday’s snow storm presented challenges to our plow crews due to the extreme weight of the snow, a number of cars parked or abandoned in the road, some equipment breakdowns, and even plows getting stuck while clearing cul-de-sacs and working around obstacles and abandoned vehicles. All these factors made clearing snow take twice the time of a “typical” snow event. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. I would also like to recognize our DPW team members, many of whom spent 14 continuous hours in the driver’s seat plowing. Any and all damaged lawns and mail boxes will be repaired when conditions permit. 

Over the weekend I had the honor of attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Ben Szulgit from Troop 9. Ben began his scouting career at age seven; he has earned all of the necessary 21 merit badges and held a variety of leadership positions over the years to help qualify for his Eagle Award. Ben’s Eagle project involved designing, constructing, and installing bluebird houses at Sherwood Park located in East Penfield. As the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding! Ben’s troop has witnessed that bluebirds have, in fact, returned to the park! Each bird house was successfully inhabited by these beautiful birds in a very short period of time. 

Ben will be attending Penn State this fall to study Chemical Engineering. On behalf of the entire Town of Penfield, I would like to congratulate and thank Ben for attaining the rank of Eagle. Ben, you have made your family, friends, troop and community proud…good luck this fall in school and in everything you do!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 




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