With so much focus on the pandemic, it’s been a while since I provided an update on Census 2020. My most recent communication from the NYS Comptroller informed me that as of July 13, response rates in New York are at 57.6 percent, which is below the national self-response rate of 62 percent. A low response may have negative impacts on federal and state funding, and representation in government. The Census will have a significant and long lasting impact on New York’s finances and governmental representation, and it will impact the flow of funding to local municipalities like the Town of Penfield. If you have not yet responded to the Census, please do so now. Starting August 11, the 2020 Census will begin a new phase – the follow-up interviews with non-respondents. A strong response before this date best positions New York for a complete final count.
Preparation of the 2021 Town Budget is underway. By the end of this week the comptroller and I will have met with every department to review their needs for 2021. It will be a challenging year as we work through a reduction in revenue from items like sales tax, county projects, and state funding. The town board has aggressively worked to reduce spending, delayed filling open positions, and looked for alternative revenue streams. The comptroller and I will be reviewing all aspects and details of submitted materials to prepare for meetings with the board and presentation of the “Tentative Budget” to residents on September 16.
Please be advised that RG&E and NYSEG have resumed some customer-facing work that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work includes indoor gas line safety inspections, which state regulations require the companies to complete. All inspectors will have badges identifying them as NYSEG or RG&E employees and contractors and will follow CDC best practices and recommendations. Learn more at www.rge.com or www.nyseg.com.
Join us for the music of Paulsen & Baker at Penfield Amphitheater Tuesday, July 21. The music will begin at 6:30 PM and is free and open to the public. This is our second performance in the 2020 Summer Music Series.
John Paulsen and Keith Baker make up the group Paulsen & Baker. The music of Paulsen & Baker has been described as "Country," "Folk," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Bluegrass," and even "Buffoon"(comedy), but whatever they are, they want you to have a good time, so they are best described as GOOD TIME MUSIC! Their humor creates a fun atmosphere during every performance.
The following guidelines will be enforced at the event so everyone attending can comfortably enjoy the performance:
- Attendees must remain six feet apart from anyone outside of their household.
- Face coverings are required when walking around the site; they are optional when seated.
- Attendees must bring their own chair or blanket to sit on.
- Attendees must wash and/or disinfect their hands before attending concert (and while on site, if possible.)
This concert will be video recorded and broadcast LIVE by Penfield Television on Public Access Cable Channel 1301, and on streaming media devices ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search "Penfield TV" in your device's app store; it is free. For questions regarding video coverage, please contact Penfield TV at (585) 340-8661.
Do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain