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On the evening of Thursday, December 7th, 2018, Supervisor Reilich hosted the popular Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party. This year, the Tree Lighting Ceremony took place under the pavilion on the Greece Town Hall Campus. Hundreds of residents both young and old gathered for this special ceremony and to watch the festively decorated tree to the left of the pavilion light the night sky in a beautiful array of colors.

Special guests joined us for the Tree Lighting Ceremony portion of last night’s event: the U of R Yellowjackets! This Rochester-based a Capella group, which has been featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off, gave the crowd an amazing performance. Following the show, Supervisor Reilich took the stage along with Councilmembers Josh Jensen, Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, Greece Judge Barry, Judge Campbell, and Judge Granville, and Senator Joe Robach. A silence fell over the masses when Supervisor Reilich announced the arrival of Santa Claus. All heads turned to watch as Santa made his way through the crowd and took his place in “Santa’s Chair” on the stage. It was then time for the official Tree Lighting Ceremony! Supervisor Reilich then encouraged the crowds to join him in counting down as the official Tree Lighting Ceremony took place! Children then began to gather for a chance to visit Santa and receive a treat from him: a Christmas ornament filled with candy! 

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony portion of the event, residents gathered in the Community Center for the Family Christmas Party. Activities included face painting, a giant inflatable snow-globe, games, Rockin’ Rick DJ, crafts, free coffee from Starbucks, cotton candy, and hot chocolate! A special thank you to the Greece Public Library Director and staff members who helped distribute 500 free books to kids during the event. For those who wanted to continue braving the cold weather, a marshmallow roasting station was set up outside.

“Despite the chilly weather, this is such a festive time of year” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank the staff at the Community Center and all others who had a role in organizing the increasingly popular Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party. It makes me happy to see so many residents brave the winter weather to come out and enjoy a time of fun, community, and fellowship.

Supervisor Reilich would like to remind residents that the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party is this Thursday, December 6th, 2018. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Greece Town Hall Campus at the pavilion next to the Greece Community Center at 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. Attendees will be treated to a performance by the U of R YellowJackets. Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate will be available.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all are invited to the Family Christmas Party. The festivities will feature visits with Santa, light refreshments, crafts, an inflatable snow globe, face painting, coffee from Starbucks, and more. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly, as activities will take place both inside and outside. All events are free to the public.

Please see below for the timeline of events:

5:45pm – U of R YellowJackets Performance.

6:15pm – Official Tree Lighting.

6:15pm – 8:00pm – Festivities at Greece Community Center.

If residents have access to Facebook, we ask that they please indicate their interest in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/528759197942859/. This is to ensure that enough treats will be available for the children. For more information, please call the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center at 585-723-2425.

Supervisor Reilich will be hosting the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Family Christmas Party on Thursday, December 6th, 2018. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Greece Town Hall Campus at the pavilion next to the Greece Community Center at 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. Attendees will be treated to a performance by the U of R YellowJackets. Complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate will be available.

Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all are invited to the Family Christmas Party. The festivities will feature visits with Santa, light refreshments, crafts, an inflatable snow globe, face painting, coffee from Starbucks, and more. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly, as activities will take place both inside and outside. All events are free to the public.

Please see below for the timeline of events:

5:45pm – U of R YellowJackets Performance.

6:15pm – Official Tree Lighting.

6:15pm – 8:00pm – Festivities at Greece Community Center.

If residents have access to Facebook, we ask that they please indicate their interest in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/528759197942859/. This is to ensure that enough treats will be available for the children. For more information, please call the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center at 585-723-2425.

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for the 2018 Greece Residential Improvement Program, otherwise known as “GRIP”, which began August 1, 2018 and runs until July 31, 2019.  This on-going housing improvement program, which is currently in its 44th year, is federally funded through the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program, also known as CDBG, and allows the Town to help income-eligible homeowner’s repair and revitalize their homes.

The GRIP program provides grants for up to $4,800 to approximately 30 low-and moderate-income town residents for rehabilitation of single-family, owner-occupied homes. The overall purpose of this program is to identify and address needed home repairs and rehabilitation activities to achieve safe and decent housing within the town. Therefore, GRIP grants will pay for only essential rehabilitation projects, including health and safety repairs, accessibility improvements, structural and major system repairs, and energy conservation upgrades. These include structural, weather-related, or safety issues that could create dangerous living conditions.  Applicants must meet all program guidelines in order to qualify for the program. Funding is limited and applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis and need to be fully approved and documented before projects can proceed.

The Town of Greece welcomes your participation in its residential improvement program.  For additional information or questions about eligibility, please contact the Town of Greece GRIP office at (585) 723-2384.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for an official Eagle Scout Medal and Proclamation Presentation Ceremony at Wednesday evening’s Town Board Meeting. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal and Proclamation is presented to all Boy Scouts who have recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in their local troop.

“It is an honor for me to be able to present these medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “At Wednesday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting proclamations and medals to two brothers who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop #92. I would like to congratulate Liam Ewell who attained the rank of Eagle Scout through his efforts in building eight convertible picnic tables which fold into benches for Ogden Presbyterian Church in Spencerport, New York.  The project required the design for the maintenance free TREX material on the table and seat surfaces and the foldable side units that were manufactured to use standard dimensional lumber. For this project, Liam worked with a trustee from the church who was a retired Kodak Engineer to detail the plan. He also raised over $1,500 to purchase the needed materials and lead a group of scouts and adults in the assembly process. I would also like to congratulate Quinn Ewell, who attained the rank of Eagle Scout through a project he completed at the Monroe County Seneca Park Zoo through making significant improvements to the area between the parking lot and the converted rail trail leading to the zoo. In order to complete this project, Quinn removed the abandoned cement railway poles, over 100’ of chain link fencing and steel supports, and all trash throughout the area. He also contacted multiple contractors in the community to cut the steel and cement poles into moveable sections for the removal. This intensive project spanned 16 months due to the multiple work phases involving contractors, scouts, community volunteers, and zoo personnel.  

The Boy Scouts of America, one of the United States largest youth organizations, is dedicated to promoting self-reliance, courage, and patriotism among young men. The Eagle Scout Award is attained only after countless hours of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to the scouting creed. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their webpage www.scouting.org.

The Town of Greece is pleased to announce that a settlement agreement has been reached for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Uniformed Patrolmen’s Association. UPA is the union representing the Town’s police officers, which will be effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023. The Town is also pleased to be able to settle the labor contract with its police officers before the current contract expires on December 31, 2018. Supervisor Bill Reilich and his management team were able to negotiate with the police officer’s union to acknowledge the immense value that the police officers provide to our community while also respecting that the taxpayers pay for employee salary and benefits. It is a steadfast focus of Supervisor Reilich’s to balance the employee benefit packages and the Town’s obligation to be careful stewards of taxpayer resources. The Town is very pleased that the union and management were able to reach an agreement in an expedited fashion over a matter of only a few weeks. This type of efficiency is possible when both sides approach contract negotiations collaboratively, realistically, and with the acute consideration that all Town employees are guardians of the public finances.

“The impact on taxes is a critical consideration in everything we do, including negotiating labor contracts” said Supervisor Reilich.

The agreement has been presented to the full union membership and has received a supportive vote of the Town’s police officers. The agreement has now been approved by the full Town Board at its meeting on November 14th, 2018.  

This historic labor agreement provides for wage increases for employees that are well below the tax cap ceiling and also creates tremendous flexibility for the Town administration to put in place innovative health care solutions utilized more in the private sector than in the public sector. Specifically, the police officers’ union has agreed to convert all officers from costly co-pay health insurance plans into more economical and contemporary High Deductible Health Plans. This historic labor agreement also provides for the Town administration to implement other management rights that had been succeeded to the union by prior administrations.

“The deal strikes fairness for our valued Town employees and the taxpayers of the Town of Greece. The Town administration understands the need to be cognizant of the economic circumstances of our Town taxpayers when we negotiate with the labor unions. After years and years of this Town raising wages to well above County averages, since I first took office I have been committed to providing fair and modest wage increases to Town employees and looking for health care innovations in an effort to save the taxpayers money while continuing to provide robust benefits for our employees, which is possible with creativity, planning, and sound fiscal management. Today, the Town’s wage scales are more aligned with other local municipalities, not completely out of alignment as they were historically.” Said Supervisor Reilich.

“I am very proud that the Town negotiating team and the union negotiating team were able to work quickly, be practical, and reach a compromise in an expedited manner as I directed. It is my priority to have the Town administration team and our workforce focused on providing quality services to the public, not on being wrapped up in union contract negotiations for lengthy periods of time. Moreover, health insurance is a topic of national attention because the costs of health care are rising drastically every year not only in Monroe County but throughout our great nation. Through the creative solutions offered by the Town and accepted by our police officers, the Town of Greece will be spending significantly less on health insurance premiums in 2019 than we did in 2018. That’s impressive in light of the 10% and higher health plan cost increases that most employers are facing in 2019. I am thankful that the police officers’ union leadership took the time to understand the enormous burden and expense that health insurance places on our Town budget. The new high deductible plans create a fair and cost-effective solution to the increasing costs of health insurance.” Supervisor Reilich added.

This settlement is both an innovative and economical deal for the Town, especially compared to area settlements which typically exceed the 2% tax cap for wage settlements and continue to allow employees to pay very small percentages of Cadillac-type health insurance plans. Notably, the union that represents the Town’s command staff officers who are in a separate union converted to these more sustainable and cost-effective health plans earlier this year. 

This deal saves the taxpayers of the Town of Greece $85,000 to $142,000 per year, more than a million dollars over the contract term, when the wage packages in this settlement are compared to typical area public sector settlements of 3% to 4% increases. The deal saves hundreds of dollars per employee health plan every month and will avoid substantial cost increases and Affordable Care Act taxes that are expected to be a factor with respect to the co-pay plans that the police officers will be exiting. The Town’s retiree health insurance costs will also dramatically decrease since officers will be enrolled in the high deductible plans in retirement.

Specific terms of the agreement include:

  • 1.5% wage increase for 2019, 2020, and 2021, and 1.75% wage increases for 2022 and 2023, keeping wage increases below 2% in each year of the agreement.
  • Completely eliminating the high-cost co-pay plans.
  • Converting all officers into high deductible health plans which cost the Town hundreds of dollars less per month per officer. 

Additionally, as part of this settlement, the Town negotiated flexibility for the Police Department in a few key areas: flexibility to provide more training to new and experienced police officers without incurring overtime expenses and flexibility to fill vacancies based on performance and qualifications rather than by seniority, which was the typical practice under prior administrations. 

“We bring good old fashioned common sense to these contract negotiations. We cannot keep agreeing to status quo in these economic times - our contracts must be sustainable. None of these accomplishments would be possible without reasonable union negotiating teams and hardworking management staff. The Town thanks its police officer unions and their fine negotiating teams, the Chief of Police, the Town’s Personnel Director, and the Finance Director for their excellent work in accomplishing these practical and innovative settlements. Settling these agreements expeditiously allows all of us at the Town to focus on providing the best services we can to the public.” Concluded Supervisor Reilich.

Supervisor Bill Reilich announced today that the Town has completed the installation of a flood control earthen berm along the shoreline of Round Pond, near Edgemere Drive in the Town of Greece. The berm was constructed using Town work crews in response to last year’s flooding event when the level of Round Pond rose along with Lake Ontario, causing several homes and the nearby section of Edgemere Drive to be flooded for several months.

"This location saw some of the worst flooding in the Town of Greece last year due to the extremely high lake level” stated Supervisor Reilich. “Although our Public Works crews worked tirelessly around the clock using multiple pumps to try and keep the road clear of water, the amount of lake water flooding this area was simply too excessive.  I knew we needed a permanent solution to protect our residents”.

Lake Ontario and Round Pond sit in close proximity to each other with homes located in between and on both sides of the road. As the lake and pond levels rose, the low topography in the area resulted in consistent flooding as pond water overflowed the pond bank and surged back through the storm sewers. Facing the possibility of another flooding event in 2018, Supervisor Reilich immediately reviewed several possible solutions and determined that a permanent earthen berm structure and storm sewer shut off valves should be built to protect the homes and the road.

This structure is 420 feet long and 2.5 feet high with a top elevation level of 250 feet. At its peak, the lake level rose to just over 249 feet last year. Shut-off valves installed near the berm can be closed to prevent the pond water from backing up through the storm sewer pipes that drain into Round Pond and cause flooding in the road. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the current lake level of Lake Ontario is reported at approximately 245 feet and slightly below its long term average for the month of October.

“Never before in the history of the Town of Greece have we seen this level of flooding for such an extended period of time and I certainly hope it doesn’t happen again” Reilich added“However, this berm structure and the shut-off valves installed here and in numerous critical locations along our shoreline are proactive measures we took to better protect our residents who live near the lake, Braddock’s Bay, and our four major ponds”.

In response to last year’s flooding, the Town of Greece distributed over 250,000 sandbags to shoreline residents, managed forty-one pumps 24-hours/day, 7 days/week to keep flooded roads clear, maintained our thirteen sanitary sewer pump stations that service 1,500 homes to prevent sewer backups, and replaced a damaged sanitary sewer forcemain with a new pipe with increased capacity.

Supervisor Bill Reilich announced today that the Town of Greece is prepared for the possibility of a mixture of rain, snow and low temperatures forecasted for this coming weekend.

"As soon as the first reports came in last week that we could be in for our first round of winter weather, I worked with our Commissioner of Public Works and his Department to begin setting up our plow and salt trucks,” stated Reilich“In September, we also began having salt delivered to fill our new salt barn to make sure we’re ready in the event of a harsh winter season.  I’m happy to report that the Town of Greece is prepared to deal with whatever Mother Nature sends our way”.

In 2017, Supervisor Reilich commissioned the construction of a new salt barn that better addresses the needs of a community as large as the Town of Greece.  The previous, 30-year-old structure only had a salt storage capacity of 3,500 tons. Our area has seen multiple, severe winters these past few years. Supervisor Reilich felt the inadequate size of the previous salt building, coupled with possible high demand for salt orders and delivery requests from all across the northeast, could put the ability for the Town to respond to consistent, excessive snowfall at risk.

The newly constructed salt barn has a total capacity of 12,000 tons and can hold enough salt to address the needs of our residents during an average winter season. This means that the Town of Greece will always have plenty salt on hand well before winter arrives. The Town was also able to build this new salt building without raising taxes to fund the cost.

“The safety of our residents and those visiting our community is one of my top priorities,” Reilich added. “Even when the weather presents a challenge, emergency service providers still need to respond to calls, people still need to get to work, and children still need to get to school. When winter comes, I will continue to make sure the roads in Greece are clear and safe for travel”.

Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce the first of two public forums to be held in conjunction with the town’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update. The forum will be held from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Community Rooms A and B in Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14612. 

There will be no formal presentation; instead, the town is looking to hear from residents on a variety of topics that continue to shape the town, including housing, jobs and economic development, and the changing face of retail. The town’s Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Committee has begun discussing some of these issues and is already meeting with key stakeholders. The next critical step is to seek input from town residents. Town officials and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and collect comments.

The 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update is a capstone document that includes by reference other recently completed plans like the 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan, and the 2016 Parks Master Plan.  

For more information please contact Scott Copey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 723-2356.