As I mentioned previously in my column, the 2019 Town Budget process is underway. Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo and I will be meeting with department heads throughout the summer to review plans and budget proposals for 2019. In keeping with our commitment to fiscal discipline, as we develop the 2019 Budget will we continue our tradition of preparing a five-year outlook with particular attention to debt management.
What’s new this budget cycle is the Town’s recent acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Course. The Town did not own the 212-acre property during the 2018 budget process and therefore did not include a line item for maintenance and operations. For the remainder of 2018 we will “fit in” maintenance between planned projects and track costs to establish a baseline for first-time inclusion in the 2019 Town Budget.
Because of the Town’s strong financial history, high credit rating, and discipline of managing a five-year budget outlook, we are in a good position to take on the debt for the authorized bonding of $3.39M to purchase Shadow Pines. In fact, even with this additional obligation, according to “Open Book New York,” the Town of Penfield’s debt burden is lower than other comparable towns in New York State. This speaks well of our budget process, structured debt management, and consistent attention to financial matters by Town staff and the Town Board.
As we develop the proposed budget this summer, I will use this column to share priorities and issues shaping Town operations for 2019.
Last week I had the honor of visiting Atria Senior Living to enjoy time with Mary Cappadonia, an amazing lady who was celebrating her 100th birthday. Over the years I have gotten to know Mary through our senior programs at the community center; she is an inspiration to all and lights up the room when she enters. Mary, thank you for your energy and love of life. You have touched so many lives in so many ways you will never know…God bless and best wishes!
Congratulations to the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton, Penfield Rotary, and Town of Penfield employees for another successful charity golf tournament. The 2018 tournament was dedicated to the late Fr. Frederick W. Bush from the Holy Spirit parish at the corner of Plank and Hatch Roads. All of the funds raised will be donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Penfield HS Scholarship, Shepherd Home, the food shelves in Penfield, Perinton & East Rochester, and several other local beneficiaries.
The 2018 Penfield Amphitheater Summer Concert Series begins July 10 with “Keys to the Caddy” opening the Tuesday Upstage series. This 12-piece band plays classic rock, rhythm and blues, pop, country, jazz…anything but opera! This concert will run from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
On July 12, “Mr. Loops” will open Thursday Kids Fest. Mr. Loops will be playing a collection of kids’ rock songs that keep everyone hopping. This concert runs from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. I hope to see you at one of our many programs this season that runs through August 4.
Last reminder! The 2018 Independence Day celebration in Penfield will be this Saturday with the parade beginning at 10:00 AM. Later on, join the activities at Harris Whalen Park for music, food and fun from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. This year’s featured bands are Black Rabbit and Dog House. The always amazing fireworks begin at 10:00 PM to round out the day. The weather looks like it will be nice and hot!
Until next week, be well and be safe!