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April 24, 2017
Supervisor's column April 24, 2017
Normally, when spring is in the air and the snow finally melts away, all sorts of ugly debris is revealed including fast-food wrappers, beer cans and bottles carelessly tossed from car windows, stray paper from refuse trucks and recycling bins, and construction materials from winter projects. Add to that a wind storm like we had in March with 80-plus MPH winds and you have a recipe for serious litter across the community. This was certainly one of the most dramatic springs I have seen in many years in Penfield!

So what is the answer to this year’s significant town-wide litter problem? Marisa Zwick! Marisa is a sixth grader at Bay Trail School who, at a very young age, began picking up litter in her neighborhood and adjacent ponds. Her concern expanded to other areas of the town as she was very frustrated to see her community littered and impacting waterways, wildlife, and the general aesthetics of our community.

Marisa received permission to reach out to all the principals of the Penfield schools to organize a pick-up day this past Saturday, which was “Earth Day.” There was a wonderful turnout of 54 students who went above and beyond to clean up Penfield. These enthusiastic students collected so much garbage that it could not fit in the DPW truck we had located at the community center to haul it away!

The following is a summary of their great work: 
Harris Hill – 34.5 bags collected. (They win bragging rights!) Also a special shout out to the 5-Star Pilots Robotics Team that filled 15.5 bags on their own!
Indian Landing – 21 bags collected.
Cobbles – 19.5 bags collected. Kudos to teacher, Mrs. DaRin, who had a group of students meet up with her to work together!
Scribner – 13 bags collected.
Bay Trail – 8 bags collected. A special shout out to Susan Mietus, a teacher at BT, who helped make the flyers and a video for school announcements.

I have asked our DPW team to weigh all the garbage collected and will report the tally in next week’s column.

In the coming week, Marisa will be bringing prizes for each child who participated in the clean-up, as they all worked so very hard to make Penfield a cleaner place for us all. On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the entire community, I want to recognize and thank Marisa, her family, and all participants for the work they did on Earth Day. Marisa, we can all learn from your great example; thank you for being part of Penfield and caring so much about our town.

One last reminder for the final Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2016-17 season which will be held Monday, May 1 starting at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. For details about this concert and PSO, please visit www.penfieldsymphony.org

With spring officially here many residents are thinking about starting outdoor projects. As a safety reminder, it is important to call 811 before you dig in your yard. Why? Because 811 will coordinate with local utility companies to locate underground lines on your property. Utility lines are damaged once every six minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig in their yard without knowing what was underground. By calling 811 you can reduce the risk of damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs to the person who dug without the required stakeout. Residents and business owners should call two full working days, excluding the day of a call, before digging. To schedule an appointment call 811 or go to www.digsafelynewyork.com/homeowners. 
Until next week, enjoy the nice weather. Let’s take a chapter out of Marisa’s book and clean up any litter in and around our home and neighborhood…it does make a difference for everyone!
Tony
    

April 18, 2017
Supervisor's column April 18, 2017

The next Red Cross Blood Drive in Penfield will be on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, in the gym. The need for blood is great and the current supply is not—please consider giving blood. To schedule your life saving appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword: stjosephchurchpenfield. If you would like to streamline your donation experience and save 15 minutes of time go to  www.RedCrossBlood.org/Rapidpass in advance to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. This event is sponsored by the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.

There are two opportunities to enjoy some great food this coming weekend—and you will not have to cook or clean up! The First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road, is hosting its Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser this Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. This month’s proceeds will go directly to help support the Fairport Baptist Home service board of volunteers who are “caring for those who cared for us.” Join them for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more for just $5.00 per person. The Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For more information about this event and others, please visit www.fbpenfield.org.

Your second opportunity for a great meal in Penfield this weekend is a homemade spaghetti dinner with desserts at the East Penfield Baptist Church, 2635 Penfield Road (just east of Salt/Carter Roads). Mark your calendar for this Saturday, April 22, from 4:00 to 7:000 PM. Bring the whole family and meet up with friends, or make new ones—everyone is welcome!

Calling all electric vehicle enthusiasts! Penfield’s 5th annual Electric Car Show is this Saturday, April 22, from 1:00 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on hand to display most electric cars on the market today. Experts will be on hand to provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug-in electric vehicles, and they will conduct a question and answer session for attendees. I hope to see you there!

“Bri-Pen Senior Rides,” a volunteer transportation service, will be launching on Monday, May 1. Seniors 65+ who live within Brighton-Penfield (or pay taxes within either district) are eligible to participate. Rides will be available for medical appointments or religious services only. All appointments must be made five business days in advance. For more information or to schedule a ride, please call 585-340-8674.

This Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 PM, Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and Local History Room volunteer Diane Dayton Riley will share insights into the westernmost part of our town. Kathy will present a brief history of the area and Diane will relate her personal story of growing up in West Penfield. Come learn how this side of town, containing Irondequoit Creek and Bay, played an important role in the early development of Penfield. The program is a collaboration of the Penfield Library and Local History Room staff. It will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For more information or to register, please go to www.penfieldlibrary.org or call 340-8720.

Save the date…the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) will hold a FUNraising event on Sunday, May 21, entitled “Dancing with the Stars.” The event will be held at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 3450 Winton Place. Ten couples will compete for the best film dance sequence to win the ultimate trophy: The “Pammy Award”! Dress as your favorite star or movie character and enjoy food, dance, and drinks. The red carpet begins at 2:00 PM and the fun runs through 4:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00. For more details or to purchase tickets, please call 340-8655.

Until next week, enjoy the spring weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 


April 10, 2017
Supervisor's column April 10, 2017
As the warm spring weather starts to move in, so does the start of construction season. You will see contractors along Route 250 continuing sidewalk installation from the second entrance of Harris Whalen Park to the Gymnastics Training Center. This will complete the sidewalks from Whalen Road to the intersection of Routes 250 and 441. The contractor will then move over to Empire Boulevard to extend sidewalks down to the bay.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 for the 5th annual “electric car show” at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This year’s event will run from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. This show is free and open to the public. Electric cars from the following manufacturers will be on display: Chevy, Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi, Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, with perhaps a few more surprises.

The New York Electric Auto Association will give a presentation summarizing vehicles that are currently available, provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug-in electric vehicles, and conduct a question and answer session for attendees. To participate, contact show organizer Bob Kanauer at 585.377.2783 or kanauer@frontiernet.net with your name, make, model and year of your vehicle.

Keep an eye on your mailbox for the Penfield Recreation Summer 2017 brochure that is due out the end of this week or early next week. The publication has a new look and design, so take a close look. Inside you will find all the wonderful programs we offer to residents of all ages. And remember, popular programs fill up quickly so don’t delay! Choose your favorites and be ready to register online beginning May 1.

The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2016-17 season will be held on Monday, May 1. The program, entitled “The Two Bs,” will feature the Jo Amish Young Artist Competition Winner. This concert is sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC, and the performance begins at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides to concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. 

A prevention tip from our employee wellness team: studies show that walking is good for your bones, heart, mind, and weight. Walking also improves your mood and sleep. Experts recommend a program to reach 150 minutes of walking per week. Our employee walking challenge begins this week and will run for the next six weeks. Why not consider starting you own family walking challenge? It’s fun and healthy!  

The Penfield Players’ 2017 spring melodrama is “The Red Velvet Cake War” written by Jamie Woolen, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope, and directed by Jerry Argetsinger. Performances will be on stage at the Penfield Community Center at 8:00 PM on April 28 and 29, and May 5, 6, 12, and 13. A special matinee is scheduled for 2:00 PM on May 7. “The Red Velvet Cake War” is a hilarious comedy about three Texas women and the eccentric characters that swirl around them as they attempt to manipulate family, friends, and Texas society in their quest to finally bake the greatest red velvet cake in history. The Penfield Players are in their 52nd season of great performances, making them one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area.

Important dates and events in history: April 10, 1869 – The number of Supreme Court Justices is increased from 7 to 9; April 11, 1865 – President Lincoln gives his last speech to the nation – a speech of reconciliation; and on April 12, 1861 – Confederate forces begin an assault on Fort Sumter.

Until next week, enjoy the recent stretch of warm weather as we all think about our never-ending list of spring chores!

Tony

April 7, 2017
Electric Car Show Saturday, April 22
Calling all electric vehicle enthusiasts!

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 22, 1:00 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. (This year’s event is scheduled for the afternoon to accommodate many who plan to attend the Rochester March for Science in the morning.) 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. 

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

Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display. Members will be on-hand to answer questions. 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. Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This year the New York Electric Auto Association will give a presentation summarizing vehicles that are currently available, provide details around the Federal Tax Credit and the NYS Rebate Program for plug in electric vehicles, and conduct a question and answer session for attendees.
“The electric car market continues to grow and expand across the country with new models being introduced on a yearly basis,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Penfield is delighted to be a supporter by hosting this informative annual program to help educate residents on the benefits of this growing industry as well as other renewable and sustainable programs.”

April 4, 2017
Supervisor's column April 4, 2017

Recently, the Penfield Rotary Club and sponsors Paychex and Advantage Federal Credit Union hosted the sixth annual “Service-above-Self Recognition Awards.” Local businesses, professional offices, organizations, schools, and churches that serve the Penfield community are asked to nominate an employee to receive this outstanding customer service recognition.

I am pleased to announce that Steve Orsini, Assistant Recreation Director, was one of this year’s award recipients. He has been with the Town of Penfield for 27 years, providing outstanding recreation opportunities to our residents. Steve consistently makes Penfield residents his first priority—I have never known him to put his own needs before those our community. He is a team player who provides exceptional service and embraces community spirit in all he does. If you attend any of the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage music series or send your children to our summer camp program, you will see Steve quietly making sure everything is running smoothly and that everyone is enjoying their experience.

On behalf of the town board and the entire Penfield community, I want to thank Steve for all he does for Penfield residents and congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award. Great job Steve!   

The Penfield Trails Committee will host their next free guided hike at Channing H. Philbrick Park this Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 AM. Come celebrate Daniel Penfield's selection of "The Hollow" as the best mill site in all 97,000 square miles of the Genesee lands in 1795. Participants should meet at the kiosk on the north side of the bridge. Look for the hike signs. The hike is free; however, participants are asked to register by calling 340-8655.

Our Planning and Engineering department recently launched a new interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) “Viewer” available to the public on the department’s maps webpage.

Our town planners and engineers use this tool to manage, analyze, and present information about a specific area or address. GIS technology is powerful because it organizes many types of data into layers that analysts can query to create complex maps or reports for information sharing, planning, and decision making purposes. The Viewer can easily be used on computers and most mobile devices.

Once inside the Viewer, users (residents, engineers, surveyors, realtors, educators) may take a “digital tour” of the Town of Penfield with a wealth of data layers and information at their fingertips. They can build custom reference maps using various page layouts, data layers, and aerial imagery base-maps. Built-in widgets appear as buttons on the screen to support easy parcel searches. When using the “print” widget, the Viewer will produce a PDF of the user’s map and its selected data layers that may be saved or printed. 

If you have any questions about this tool please contact Engineering & Planning Department staff at 340-8640 or planning@penfield.org.

In continued celebration of 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State, the Penfield Library and Local History Room invite you to a second “SuffraTEA” scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 2:00 PM in the Senior Lounge. Joining us for tea and delectables will be Susan B Anthony and her sister, Mary. Miss Anthony has prepared a wonderful presentation and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to sit and visit with us for this very special hour. Susan B. Anthony will be portrayed by Susan Berardi, a talented local re-enactor with the 140th NY Infantry Civilian group.

I would like to close this week’s column by thanking all of the members of our DPW and other staff members who helped to support our residents during the recent wind storm and following significant snow storm. Our employees worked around the clock clearing roadways to assist emergency and utility crews and Penfield residents. We are fortunate to have quality personnel that can handle any emergency. Great job team, thank you!

Until next be well and be safe.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


March 29, 2017
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Brush drop-off service extended through Sat. 4/1 & Sun. 4/2

Due to the volume of brush debris from the March 8 windstorm, the Penfield Town Board is extending the hours for resident brush drop-off through this weekend.

DPW will receive brush* at 1607 Jackson Road this Saturday and Sunday (4/1 and 4/2) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, both days.

Starting Monday, April 3, we will return to normal drop-off hours (Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM–3:00 PM, except holidays). Please call 340-8710 with questions.

*Brush includes trees (no stumps), limbs, and branches. No trash, leaves, or grasses will be accepted.

 


March 27, 2017
Guest Columnist Rick Giesselman, Dir. of Public Works, March 27

This guest column from Rick Giesselman, Director of Public Works, comes to you in two parts: Storm Review and Spring Seasonal News

Part I: Storm Review

March has certainly come to Penfield like a lion. On the 8th we experienced one of the highest force sustained wind events in Rochester history with a peak gust of over 80 miles per hour. All DPW crews were hands-on throughout the event. Like many residents, we lost power at the DPW complex and town hall, and were operating both facilities and other sites with backup generators. Our sewer team worked around-the-clock using bypass pumps, generators, and our vactor truck to keep all 20 sewer pump stations working and sewage flowing in the right direction. Thankfully, no one in Penfield experienced a sewer backup.

Highway and parks crews were out with trucks, chainsaws, loaders, and tractors clearing blocked roads and sidewalks. They installed temporary stops at many intersections with traffic light outages and assisted the state and county with road closures so utility companies could work to restore power.

Because of the storm’s severity, the Penfield Town Board extended brush drop-off hours at DPW to seven days a week through March 26 (normal hours resume March 27). UPDATE: Due to the volume of brush debris from the March 8 windstorm, the Penfield Town Board is extending the hours for resident brush drop-off through this weekend. DPW will receive brush* at 1607 Jackson Road this Saturday and Sunday (4/1 and 4/2) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, both days. Starting Monday, April 3, we will return to normal drop-off hours (Monday–Friday, 7:30 AM–3:00 PM, except holidays). Please call 340-8710 with questions. *Brush includes trees (no stumps), limbs, and branches. No trash, leaves, or grasses will be accepted. 

“Snow Storm Stella” was on the heels of the wind storm, dumping a steady 24 inches of snow, burying storm debris, and complicating cleanup for everyone.

Throughout “Stella,” DPW worked to keep all roads in the town open and passable with 19 trucks continuously deployed to plow and salt their routes. Other loaders and small trucks were used to clear parking lots and doorways. Our parks team cleared primary sidewalks, and DPW clerks fielded hundreds of storm-related calls and relayed dynamic priorities to foremen.

In all, the DPW team worked 1,500-plus hours to keep all local, county and state roads, sidewalks, and town facilities open and passable for emergency responders and residents.

The town board authorized a one-time town-wide brush pickup to assist residents starting this week of March 27. Please check www.penfield.org for details. I urge everyone to remain flexible as we undertake our work. Plans—subject to weather conditions and competing priorities—may change with the circumstances of any given day. We may come to your neighborhood sooner, later, or more often than communicated. Public safety and the safety of our crews will drive our decision-making.

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 and storm cleanup is finished, 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? We will soon be stocking the mulch pile at parking area on Columbus Crossing near the town hall. This is a free service for Penfield residents in partnership with Monroe County DEC. After grinding all the storm 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 19, 7:30 AM–5:00 PM and Saturday, May 20, 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.
  • Our annual Animal Control Rabies Clinic at the DPW Sewer Building, 1607 Jackson Road is June 3, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM.
  • Highway will conduct its annual oil and stone treatment program on approximately 13 miles of town roads and micro pave a number of cul-de-sacs. Both processes extend road surface life. Details will be posted at www.penfield.org.
  • Highway will undertake a paving project in the White Village neighborhood to rebuild and repave areas of roads that were damaged and disrupted during the sewer project which was completed over the last 18 months. 
  • DPW will continue to work on drainage tasks including the completion of our Four Mile Creek project. Several additional projects are scheduled for the summer season.
  • We are working 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 Solar City. The agreement with Solar City is a power purchase agreement (PPA). With this PPA, Solar City 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 70–75 percent of the electrical usage of our town facilities. We will also continue to convert to street lights to LED and upgrade 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 13. 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 16, 7:45 AM–1:00 PM. The Town of Webster is hosting this year’s event at 1005 Picture Parkway (off Hard Road in Webster). 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 snow storm or on a beautiful summer day—please pay attention to our flag people and follow their directions, and 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 23, 2017
Passport Night in Penfield April 6

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, April 6, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County 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 $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00.  Passport photos remain at $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 time 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 or 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 their Driver License.


March 20, 2017
Guest Columnist Jim Costello, Dir. of Business Development, March 20

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 activity throughout the community—that’s because Penfield is again a popular place to build a new business or residence. We have had a boom of medical-related construction and housing development serving apartment dwellers, seniors, and homeowners.

Empire Boulevard, in particular, is experiencing a renaissance. Many new projects are either under construction or in the process of being approved for new construction.

In the past year, BayTowne Plaza has seen the construction and opening of a new 186,000 square foot Super Walmart; a new 5,000 square foot brewery called WhichCraft Brews has been approved and is expected to be open this summer; Napa Wood Fired Pizza and Bistro opened; and the former Sal’s Birdland and Pizza Hut were recently demolished to make way for a new Chili’s restaurant. Pizza Hut has been relocated into the plaza and is open for business. The former Beale Street restaurant was also recently demolished to make way for a new restaurant as well. (That restaurant has not been determined as of this column.)

What will happen to the former Walmart building? It is currently being considered for reuse and the planning board is reviewing the renovation of that building to be subdivided into five new tenant spaces. To date, Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat Factory) and Shoe Dept. are two prospective tenants for the repurposed commercial space.

Qdoba Southwest Grill, at the intersection of Empire Boulevard and Bay Road, has replaced the former vacant Mobil on the Run Convenience Mart, which cleaned up a perennial eyesore in a highly visible location.

The apartment complex at Southpoint Cove on lower Empire Boulevard, now known as Waters Edge Apartments, started construction in 2013 is nearing completion. Five of the nine apartment buildings have been completed and have been leased. The remaining four buildings are all under various stages of construction, and all are expected to be finished later this summer.

In the Panorama Valley area, the Hampton Inn Hotel on Panorama Trail South, with 79 guest rooms, is nearing completion and is expected to be fully operational by summer. 

I am often asked when the site of the former Carriage Town Cleaners at 1600 Penfield Road will be cleaned up and redeveloped. I am happy to share that the owners have met with the planning board to discuss the development of an office building for the site. In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has approved the applicants’ site remediation plan to mitigate contamination at that location. Site remediation is planned for this summer and construction of the office building could begin once the site receives a clean bill of health from The NYSDEC.

To the east, the U of R Urgent Care building at 2128 Penfield Road has recently been completed and is open to the public. Nearby, the Eyesite building at 2142 Penfield Road is near completion and should open soon. 

Across from Target, a new building was recently completed at 2150 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. It houses Moe’s Southwestern Grill and an AT&T sales and service center. They are open for business with access through the traffic light/turning lane near Jeremiah’s. A third tenant is being sought for the remaining tenant space and it should be filled soon.

Several residential projects are also underway. Most notably, the Ellison Heights apartment project, approved in 2012 and located on Penfield Road across from the Allens Creek Townhomes, has recently started construction. This project consists of 180 units in five, four-story buildings along with a 3,000 square foot clubhouse and swimming pool.

For our elder residents, Heathwood Assisted Living at Penfield is in the process of adding a 30,000 +/-square foot addition to better serve Penfield’s senior population.

Elsewhere in Penfield, an 86 single family residential subdivision known as Windsor Ridge is currently under construction at the northeast corner of Atlantic Avenue and Five Mile Line Road. The model home has been constructed and several lots have been reserved. The developer recently submitted the final site plans for the remaining lots in the subdivision as interest from prospective home buyers continues to grow.

Phase one of a 24-unit townhouse project known as Barclay Park, located at 1213 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road (immediately north of the Abbington Place subdivision) is also under construction and units are being reserved. Section 2B of the Crowne Pointe subdivision on the south side of Plank Road, east of State Road, is under construction for 18 new homes.

I regularly take calls regarding the status of perennial eyesores in town. Many residents will be happy to know that two visible and often complained about sites have recently been demolished to make way for redevelopment.

First is the former Camp Haccamo site, which had become the victim of vandalism and a safety concern to both town and area residents. Demolition of the site began in late 2016 and ended in January 2017. Plans are being prepared to redevelop the site.

The second site was home to a long-abandoned auto service station on the northwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, just east of the Penfield Town Hall. That site, which was also the subject of contamination remediation, has been cleaned up and the building demolished. There is no specific plan for the redevelopment of the site at this time.

I hope this information has answered some of your questions about current development activity taking place within the town. If you have any questions regarding any of the sites discussed in this column or other sites of interest to you, please call the Penfield Planning Department at 340-8640 or email planning@penfield.org. We will be pleased to provide you with any available information. You can also stay informed of all town projects by following town news at our website, www.penfield.org. Along with general town news you will find meeting agendas, live and archived meeting video, and online documents. 


March 17, 2017
Winter Fire Safety: Hydrants and Doors

The threat of winter fires is real -- 905 people die in winter home fires each year. Wintry weather conditions can cause many safety hazards during a period when many people just want to spend time indoors. It is important to pay attention to outside items that have become blocked by snow, such as fire hydrants and exterior doorways. Keeping critical areas clear of snow will help protect your family, neighbors, and businesses. 

Snow can cause area fire hydrants to become blocked and difficult to locate and access for first responders. 
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Keeping hydrants clear can mean quicker access to water and more time in fighting the fire.  

When clearing your hydrants remember to:

  • Remove all snow and ice from the hydrant, ensuring it is clearly visible and completely accessible
  • Clear at least 3-feet of snow all the way around the hydrant, giving firefighters full access to all parts of the hydrant
  • Clear a path from the hydrant to the street, allowing firefighters to get in and out easily and quickly


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Clearing all exits of snow is important so occupants can escape if a fire or other emergency should occur.
Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in a fire. 

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Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to gain access to your home or building.

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You can help prevent winter weather-related home fires in your community with these safety tips. Be well and be safe!



March 14, 2017
Winter Storm Rules and Safety Tips

A winter storm warning is in effect for Monroe County until Wednesday, March 15 at 8 PM. This warning means that life-threating, severe winter conditions have begun and citizens should take precautions immediately. Please avoid unnecessary travel and remember winter parking rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways, between 2 AM and 7 AM, to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively clear and maintain the roads.

If travel is necessary, please allow for extra drive time, clear all snow from your vehicle, including headlights, and tail lights, and give plow operators plenty of room to do their job. Do not try to race a plow or make quick moves to "get away." Cars are not always visible and big trucks cannot always stop quickly to respond to sudden moves by vehicles.

RG&E urges customers to avoid downed power lines. Customers should call 1.800.743.1701 to report downed power lines, power outages or other hazardous situations. Residents who utilize a generator should place their units at least 5-feet from the house.

Here are some other ways to remain safe during a winter storm:

-Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information

-Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather.

-Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

-All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

-Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

-Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

-Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

-Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

-Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

- If you have an elderly person in your family or neighborhood please continue to keep an eye on them to ensure they have heat, food, and water. 

Everyone please be careful when clearing snow or last week’s wind debris. Be Well and be safe! 


March 13, 2017
Supervisor’s column March 13, 2017

Most of this week’s column is dedicated to the major wind storm that ripped through the area Wednesday, March 8 resulting in power loss for more than 120,000 RG&E customers in Monroe County during a time of extreme cold. Penfield had 9,017 residential and commercial properties without power during the highest outage period.

RG&E’s goal was to have 90+% of its customer base back in service by Sunday midnight. However, there are isolated areas with significant damage to poles in backyards which will require more hand-work to repair or replace poles, lines, and transformers. 

Our Department of Public Works (DPW) crews were intensely busy the first 36 hours focused on clearing roadways and rights-of-way to ensure emergency vehicles had access to every property and that utility crews had access to service broken poles, downed wires, and damaged transformers. The last count I heard from daily conference calls with RG&E was that there were 400+ broken poles across the county. More than half of them are in backyards which makes it even more difficult to repair and replace, as I noted above.  

Due to the severity of the windstorm on Wednesday, the Town of Penfield will provide residents with a town-wide, roadside pick-up for fallen limbs, branches, and brush. Once we confirm that power has been restored to all residents, and our DPW can verify that all roads are safe, rights-of-way are cleared of hazards, and creeks are free of debris, DPW crews will begin a town-wide pick-up starting the week of March 20.

We expect the pick-up process to take two to three weeks, with town crews making one pass per neighborhood. DPW will post anticipated dates and instructions for specific streets and areas of town on www.penfield.org prior to pick-up to alert residents. PLEASE NOTE: With winter snow-plowing season still in full effect, any posted schedule may be interrupted to prioritize snow removal on town roads or for any other emergency requiring the immediate attention of town crews. We ask for your patience as our DPW works diligently to maintain safety for all residents.

Additionally, the town board has extended the hours of brush drop-off at the DPW facility (1607 Jackson Road) from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for all seven days of the week to assist residents and their contractors with cleanup of their properties. We will return to normal drop-off hours starting Monday, March 27.

I always like to remind our residents to be wary of “scams” during emergencies like this storm. Many contractors go door-to-door to offer their services for tree removal or for repairs to roofs and siding. Some of these individuals may not have your best interest in mind, rather their financial gain! If you do have damage to your home, please work with your insurance company or a known contractor you have a relationship with or have used in the past. If you need tree service consider receiving three or more quotes from reputable tree services or get recommendations from your insurance company or a trusted relative or friend who has had experience with the company. I do not want to see residents who have been impacted by the storm be taken advantage of by less-than-reputable contractors.

Beginning Monday evening, March 13, our area is under a winter storm watch. Public safety remains our priority as we clean up from the wind event and prepare for the winter storm. It is our understanding that we will be receiving plowable amounts of snow this week. Please make sure that any brush piles brought to the front of your property for pick-up are far enough away from the road to provide safe passage for pedestrians and vehicles, and to give plows necessary room to clear snow. Do not block fire hydrants.

When preparing brush piles for DPW pick-up, please cut brush and limbs to six-foot lengths and stack parallel to the road. Consider consolidating small piles with neighbors for efficiency. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

If you have an elderly person in your family or neighborhood please continue to keep an eye on them to ensure they have heat, food, and water. Our seniors are a hearty group and have survived much worse during their lives; however, it is always good for neighbors to support neighbors…thank you in advance for assisting your neighbors!

Until next week, please be careful while cleaning up, especially if you are using power equipment like saws and wood splitters. Be sensitive to those around you and be careful of limbs and trees snapping back as you are cutting. I do not want to see any of our residents injured…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org    

 


March 6, 2017
Supervisor’s column March 6, 2017

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo recently announced that Monroe County and RochesterWorks are partnering to offer a localized job fair dedicated to connecting local businesses with great talent. The program is known as “Recruiting ‘Round Rochester on the Road.” This job fair will be coming to the Penfield Public Library on Wednesday, March 8 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The partnership connects employers in the community with job seekers. The event is free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required. Many businesses will be in attendance, including Paychex and Monroe #1 BOCES. Job seekers are asked to come prepared for an interview, bring extra copies of their resumes, and dress for success. The event will be held in the Ruth Braman Room at the Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road.

For the sixteenth consecutive year, the Penfield Public Library is collaborating with Writers & Books to bring to Penfield the author of the book chosen for “Rochester Reads,” its annual community-wide reading event. This year’s book, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, explores an unexpected enchanted world, a death row in an ancient stone prison. The author is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. The Penfield Library will be hosting Ms. Denfeld for a talk about her book, with a reception immediately following, to give readers an opportunity to meet the author and purchase her book. This event takes place on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 PM and is sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library and the Board of Trustees of Penfield Public Library. Registration is required and can be accomplished in person at the library, by visiting the website at www.penfieldlibrary.org, or by calling the library at (585) 340-8720.

Mark your calendar for the next opportunity to attend a passport night at the town hall which will be held on April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This program is sponsored by the Monroe County Clerk’s office in conjunction with the Town of Penfield. For additional dates, locations, and information please visit the Monroe County Clerk office web page at www2.monroecounty.gov - County Clerk.

For those who may not be aware, the Penfield Town Board held a public hearing on March 1 on a resolution proposing an extension to the moratorium on the prohibition of public golf course redevelopment (Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake). The board will be voting on this matter at the March 15 meeting. A moratorium extension will give the town and property owners more time to further discuss the options of sale of the property.

Last week, the Monroe County Supervisors’ Association held a press conference to challenge the governor’s proposal to hold back state aid if local governments did not develop and improve on shared services agreements and to have financial oversight rolled up to the county. Government closest to the people knows best how to manage local costs, in contrast to unfunded state mandates and state-level policies that force up the cost of local government across this state.

In Monroe County and surrounding counties we have been sharing services for decades—town-to-town, town-to-county, town-to-state, and county-to-county. The only person who thinks they have a new idea is the governor and he does not have a clue! I recently found some old documents dating back to the mid-1970s showing that towns had shared services agreements in place. I see this current effort as a way to force a county-wide plan on each town, subject to a county-wide vote for providing town services, thereby depriving residents of each town the right to decide these matters for themselves.

Let’s not forget that this governor would like to see one big government and reduce or eliminate towns and villages. The governor would be better served by fixing state government and the waste that exists in Albany. On behalf of the Supervisors Association, we urge residents to contact their state senators and assembly members to urge them to oppose the governor’s local government proposal and to deal with the real causes of high property taxes in New York.

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


March 3, 2017
Penfield Recreation Introduces Rainbow Ribbons
Penfield Recreation is pleased to introduce a new program for youth - Rainbow Ribbons Aesthetic Group Gymnastics for boys and girls ages 4 – 10. Rainbow Ribbons will be held on Saturdays from April 29 through June 3 at Penfield Community Center. A session for ages 4-6 will be held from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. A session for ages 7-10 will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Registration is available to Penfield residents and non-residents on our website.
The Rainbow Ribbons program is non-competitive, allowing children to explore the combined graceful art of music, dance, and gymnastics in a supervised, fun setting. The children will learn how to work and trust each other as a team in a pleasant, upbeat setting while they learn artistic routines. Equipment includes scarves, ball, hoops, and ropes.
Children will learn the basics of core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and rhythm. They will also learn body waves, swings, ballet, gymnastic jumps and leaps, and dance steps and leaps.
Aesthetic Group Gymnastics is relatively new to the United States and is brought to Penfield by Western New York Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (WNYAGG). The sport is known for its big and continuous body movement. It requires flexibility, balance, speed, strength, coordination, and a sense of rhythm.
Originally from Bulgaria, WNYAGG owner and Rhythmic Gymnast Miroslava Dimitrova has competed all over the world.
For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8651.

March 3, 2017
Free Guided Hike March 11
The Penfield Trails Committee will sponsor a free guided hike at Monroe County’s Webster Park on Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Join us as we partner with Friends of Webster Trails to explore the wooded trails on the west side of Webster Park. This is a great place for birding and beautiful woodlands with trees as tall as 75 feet. Terrain is varied, please wear appropriate footwear.
Participants should meet at the campground entrance road on the south side of Lake Road. Look for the “Hike” signs.
While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.
Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee, as well as to do manual labor for trails maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.



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