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Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that Liberty Pumps has provided the Town of Greece with 9 new sanitary pump station units free of charge. The first two locations were installed in our pump stations on Lakeshore Drive and Edgemere Drive near the Kodak facility. These stations saw excessive use during last year's flooding events. Liberty Pumps will obtain readings from the locations to test their units.

At the peak of the flooding last year, Town of Greece DPW staff deployed and maintained, around the clock, approximately 41 pumps ranging from 4” to 8” in an effort to keep flood waters from making our roads impassable. Basically, pump hoses were placed in the storm sewer at the storm grates, which threw the surging waters back into the ponds and the lake. In continued efforts to limit potential floodwater damages this year, Supervisor Reilich is pleased to accept 9 new sanitary sewer pumps from Liberty Pumps. This will help both the Town of Greece with potential flooding and will provide Liberty Pumps with data as they will be obtaining readings for the pump locations to test their units. Headquartered in Bergen, NY, Liberty Pumps is a leading U.S. manufacturer of pumping products for ground water and wastewater removal in residential and commercial applications.

“I was pleased to work with Liberty Pumps to upgrade our facilities with their pumps at no cost to local taxpayers, while assisting them with gathering data from the units. I will continue my efforts to employ preventive measures to help ensure water front residents are not exposed to the devastating damages that occurred last year and to do all we can to limit damages in the event of a repeat of last year’s rising waters” said Supervisor Reilich.

The power at the Greece Public Library Main Branch is out. The library is now closed for the day. Thank you for understanding and stay safe! 

Supervisor Bill Reilich has announced that a letter has been sent to International Joint Commission Chairwoman Lana Pollack calling on the board to maintain or increase Lake Ontario outflows.

The U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission was issued a letter today requesting that the entity maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system to reduce the flooding risk for New York shoreline residents and businesses. A copy of the letter sent by Supervisor Bill Reilich is attached to this release.  

If the IJC reduces outflows, shoreline residents would face similar flooding situations as last year. The IJC must sustain or increase the outflow levels in order to decrease the chances of potential flooding. The letter sent to the IJC requests that the outflow decisions be made in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty which call for the equitable sharing of this burden between New York and the Montreal region.

The Town of Greece has already begun deploying sang bags, sandbagging equipment, a berm structure, new piping, and other response assets to ensure minimal damage in the event of flooding this year. The Department of Environmental Conservation is also assisting residents through its continued efforts in the emergency permitting process, which allows property owners to bolster break-walls and other protective structures. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has already started to install aqua dams and sandbags along portions of Lake Ontario in anticipation of flooding this spring.

“Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. I have contacted International Joint Commission Chairwoman Lana Pollack asking her and the IJC Board to maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system, which will minimize potential flooding this year. Town of Greece residents experienced significant damages during the flooding events last year due to the decisions made by the IJC. I am asking the IJC Board to start making decisions in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, which calls for equitable sharing between New York and the Montreal region. I will continue contacting the the IJC and other government officials until a plan that takes into account our water-front residents is adopted” said Supervisor Reilich.

 

 

April 3, 2018

Honorable Lana Pollack

Chairwoman, U.S. Section

International Join Commission

1717 H Street NW, Suite 801

Washington, DC 20006

Dear Chairwoman Pollack:

            I am reaching out to you on behalf of Town of Greece shoreline residents and businesses to officially request the International Joint Commission Board to either maintain or increase Lake Ontario water outflows. Maximizing outflows from the Lake Ontario system will aid in reducing the flooding risk for New Yorkers living and working along the shoreline.

If the decision is made by the IJC Board to reduce Lake Ontario outflows, Town of Greece residents will face similar flooding issues as last year. Outflow levels must be increased in order to decrease the chances of potential flooding. I request that the outflow decisions be made in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty. By adhering to this treaty, the IJC can once again equitably share the water flow burden between New York and the Montreal region. This will limit the potential of flooding and ensure the protection of the public for both regions.

The Town of Greece has already begun implementing proactive measures to assist residents and business owners in preparation for the potential of flooding this year. We have begun deploying sand bags, sandbagging equipment, a berm structure, a new piping system, and other response assets to ensure minimal damage in the event of flooding this year. Additionally, an aqua dam was recently requested and we are anticipating its arrival to help with the possible flooding.

With Greece water-front residents concerned about the potential for flooding this year, I implore you to take reasonable actions to minimize that possibility, including maximizing outflows from the Lake Ontario system to reduce the flooding risk for New York residents and businesses. The problems associated with high water levels should not fall disproportionately on New York’s shorelines.

Since its launch, I have opposed the International Joint Commissions plan to raise the lake levels and advocated against its implementation. In the best interest of my constituents, I implore you and the IJC Board to maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system.Town of Greece residents experienced significant damages during the flooding events last year due to the decisions made by the IJC. From the start, I have been advocating for Greece residents and calling on the IJC to make decisions in accordance with the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty. I will continue contacting the IJC until a plan that takes into account our water-front residents is adopted.

If I can be of any further assistance to you please do not hesitate to contract my office at
(585) 723-2311 with any further questions.

Sincerely,  

William D. Reilich

Supervisor

Town of Greece

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that work has begun on the Town of Greece’s Comprehensive Plan Update. The Town has hired the consultant team of Steinmetz Planning Group and Ingalls Planning & Design to perform the work involved in the Comprehensive Plan Update, along with input from an advisory committee which is comprised of residents of the Town and various businesses, groups, and organizations.

As the name “Comprehensive Plan” implies, the Town’s update is more than a master plan for a single issue, such as land use or parks. A Comprehensive Plan can include many elements that relate to quality of life for the Town’s residents, such as community character, civic design, public health, sustainability, resiliency, community resources, active transportation, aging in place, and economic stability. The plan will have to be somewhat flexible because the future cannot be predicted with certainty.

The Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update will incorporate information from several other long-range plans and studies that the Town has performed: the 2007 Dewey Avenue Corridor Study; the 2010 Dewey Avenue Traffic Calming Study; the 2014 Town-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan; the 2016 FloodSmart Communities Action Plan; the 2016 Hojack Trail Feasibility Study; the 2016 Parks and Recreation Master Plan; the 2016 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan; and elements of the existing 2001 Land Use Master Plan.

Supervisor Reilich noted that it’s important for the community to have realistic expectations of what the Comprehensive Plan is and is not. Although the plan is intended to be comprehensive in scope, it will not be comprehensive in detail. A Comprehensive Plan is not the same thing as zoning or land use regulations, and is not intended to take away property rights or to cause immediate changes. It can guide the future and recommend actions, but it cannot determine what the future will be or ensure that certain actions will occur. Supervisor Reilich also noted some of the benefits of having an updated Comprehensive Plan, such as having a statement of policies and priorities that provide direction for decision makers, and increasing the chances of obtaining grants or other funding for Town projects.

The consultants the Town of Greece hired will prepare preliminary findings and recommendations and present them at a community forum for public feedback. Following, a final version of the Comprehensive Plan will be prepared.

“I am pleased that with many of the prerequisite plans being completed that we can update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan” said Supervisor Reilich. “This document, once complete, will service as a guide as we commit to strive for a bright future for all our residents”.

For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company - including Disney, ABC Television Group, and ESPN - to help fund local park improvement projects across the country through the national “Meet Me at the Park” Earth Month Campaign. The town that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

Local parks make Greece a better place to live and shape so many of our lives. Parks are essential to our town’s health and wellbeing. They provide safe places to be active and enjoy nature - and they help preserve the environment and bring people together. That’s why from April 1st to April 30th, Greece residents will have the opportunity to nominate our town to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements at a local park.

By visiting NRPA.org/Disney, park supporters can nominate the Town of Greece. At the end of April, the town with the most nominations will receive the grant funding. Everyone who nominates a town will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.

“Throughout my career, I have supported parks as a way to improve quality of life” said Supervisor Reilich. “In Greece, we have over 300 hundred acres of parkland available to us. These include playgrounds, trails, open space and athletic fields. Our parks have become gathering spaces for those young and old of any ability and it is my goal to keep improving these local treasures”.

“At NRPA we believe everyone deserves a great park. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on this campaign,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA director of conservation. “Everyone is encouraged to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by participating in this year’s campaign. A nomination for your favorite park is all it takes”. 

During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park Campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ESPN, ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, the ABC app and other digital platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.

This Earth Month, Greece can show what parks mean to our community by nominating our great town. Encourage your friends to nominate our town by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #CelebrateEarth.

For more information and to nominate your town, visit www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.

Supervisor Bill Reilich would like to invite the public to participate in the 13th Annual Erie Canal Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 8:30AM. The Clean Sweep will take place at the Town’s Historic Junction Lock Trail, located at 2665 Ridgeway Avenue just west of Long Pond Road.

This event is part of the statewide canal clean up coordinated by the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York in recognition of Earth Day. Supervisor Reilich would like to encourage as many folks as possible to assist in this effort. 

Upon registering for the 2018 Erie Canal Clean Sweep, volunteers will receive further instructions on where to meet to receive assignments and supplies, as well as go over safety precautions.

If you would like to participate, please register at the following link and choose Greece Historic Junction Lock Sweep from the drop down menu:  https://ptny.wufoo.com/forms/2018-canal-clean-sweep-volunteer-registration/.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Greece Council Members Diana Christodaro, Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, and Josh Jensen and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, along with representatives from the UR Medicine Home Care Program participated today in a nationwide March for Meals campaign, which is a part of the Meals on Wheels Program.

Establish during the 1970’s, the Meals on Wheels Program has grown to become one the largest volunteer-based programs in the country. Every day, millions of meals are delivered across the country to senior citizens who are unable cook for themselves. Every March, the Meals on Wheels program kicks off a month long campaign to help encourage local organizations to get involved and assist in delivering meals to senior citizens in the community. This will be the 16th year the March for Meals Campaign has been organized locally.

“Again this year I was joined by the Greece Town Board Members, the Greece Receiver of Taxes, and representative from the UR Medicine Home Care Program for the March for Meals Campaign, where we helped to deliver food to senior citizens in the Greece Community. This wonderful program helps to generate public awareness about senior hunger and isolation and to celebrate the critical role the Meals on Wheels Program has in our community. I would like to encourage all municipalities and residents to step up and volunteer their time in participating in the March for Meals Campaign and help bring meals to their community’s senior citizens” said Supervisor Reilich.

For more information about the March for Meals Campaign and how to volunteer, please contact the UR Medicine Home Care Program at 585-274-4385 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Councilman Bill Murphy, Councilman Josh Jensen, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, and Mark’s Pizzeria owner Mark Crane and many of his family members and staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the facility expansion of Mark’s Pizzeria in Greece. Mark’s Pizzeria is located in North Pointe Center at 3670 Mount Read Boulevard.

 Mark’s Pizzeria is owned and operated by Mark Crane. He opened Mark’s Pizzeria in Greece back in 2002 and has expanded the facility to triple its original size. The expansion includes new bathrooms and a seating area with several tables and chairs. The walls in the expanded seating area are decorated with Greece School sports logos.

“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the expansion of Mark’s Pizzeria” said Supervisor Reilich. “We work every day to ensure that the Town of Greece is a business-friendly place, and I am always happy to welcome new and expanding businesses to the area. I wish owner Mark Crane and his team great success!”

Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece is creating signs for Greece Town Parks that will provide relevant contact and location information in the event of an emergency.

The first sign has already been installed at Badgerow Park South. It features the Town of Greece seal and reads “In The Event Of An Emergency Call 911 – Your Location Is Badgerow Park South 1120 Latta Road”. The Town of Greece Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the Department of Public Works, are working on creating and installing similar signs for all Greece Town Parks.

“After hearing such positive feedback from our recent installation of Internet Purchase Exchange Location signs, I wanted to explore additional ways to help keep our residents safe and informed” said Supervisor Reilich. “At the suggestion of a resident, I began working with our Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works to create and install emergency information signs in all Greece Town Parks. The first sign has already been placed at Badgerow Park South, and we are in the process of installing additional signs at all Greece Town Parks. These signs will provide emergency contact and location information in the event that a resident needs to contact authorities while at that location. I am always interested in suggestions and feedback from Greece Town Residents, and I believe that these signs will help to keep our residents educated and safe”.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was recently contacted by the President of the Arbor Day Foundation congratulating the Town of Greece on earning recognition as a 2017 Tree City USA. The Town achieved this recognition through our commitment to effective urban management and by meeting the programs four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“I am proud to live in a town that participates in sustainability through the planting and caring of trees” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Town’s dedication to effective urban forest management is helping to provide our community with better air quality, water resources, energy use, and many other benefits. Thank you to all who help us in being a community committed to keeping our environment healthy!”

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. More information about the program can be found at arborday.org.