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 Award Medal Presentation Ceremony at Monday evening’s Town Board Meeting. The Town of Greece Eagle Scout Recognition Medal 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 Monday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting proclamations and medals to two young men who recently received the rank of Eagle Scout. I would like to congratulate Christian Patterson of Scout Troop Number 195 on his achievement of Eagle Scout ranking through his dedication to renovating Salem Nutrition Center. I would also like to congratulate Zackary Ferris of Scout Troop Number 48 on his achievement of Eagle Scout Ranking through his efforts in restoring sections of Adeline Park”.
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 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.
Thursday afternoon, Supervisor Bill Reilich held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Wood Kettle Brewing in Greece. The new business is located at 1192 Manitou Road at the corner of Latta Road and Manitou Road.
The first microbrewery to open in Greece, Wood Kettle Brewing offers a variety of beer, wine and food. The business is owned and operated by Mark Miles and Jeff Allen. Mark and Jeff, along with their late partner, Bill Allen, worked for the past year and a half to establish this business. Their goal was to establish a family-friendly business that would serve the Greece community. For more information about Wood Kettle Brewing, check out their website at www.woodkettlebrewing.com.
“I was honored to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Wood Kettle Brewing” 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 businesses to the area. I wish co-owners Mark Miles and Jeff Allen and their team great success!”
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Community and Senior Center this week hosted the first annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance.
100 dads and daughters turned out for a magical evening of dancing, crafts, food and photo opportunities. Participants danced throughout the night to the YMCA, hokey pokey and more while enjoying their special night out.
“We are happy to offer great programs like the Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance to our residents” said Supervisor Reilich. “A special thanks to the Recreation Team and volunteers who helped make this night possible. We were happy to see so many fathers and daughters participate in this fun event!”
For more information about events at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center, please call 723-2450.
Supervisor Bill Reilich was happy to co-host the Grand View Beach Association’s Lake Level Update Meeting Tuesday evening. When Supervisor Reilich heard that over 200 attendees were expected, he offered to have the meeting held in the Greece Community and Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room, which is designed to hold a large capacity of people.
The meeting began around 7:00pm with opening remarks by the Grand View Beach Association (GVBA) President Greg Pien. A lake level update was then given by GVBA member Dan Barletta. Following, Senator Joe Robach gave an update from the State level. Assemblyman Peter Lawrence also gave remarks.
Supervisor Reilich also spoke during the meeting and gave updates on the flooding from the Town level. He spoke of the new installation of shut-off valves, piping, and a new berm structure in flood risk areas. He opened the floor up for questions afterwards, listening to many express concerns regarding the IJC and Plan 2014, new protection available this year for waterfront residents, and other flooding-related questions. Supervisor Reilich reassured residents that in addition to the new piping, berm structure, and shut-off valves, the aqua dam would also be available this year if needed. He also addressed questions from residents regarding their concerns and frustrations with Sheen Housing. Sheen Housing is contracted through the State, but Supervisor Reilich is fully aware of all of the issues residents who have experienced damages are having with their representatives. He has reached out to Sheen Housing, the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the Governor, and other State Representatives on behalf of water front residents expressing their frustrations with the organization and asking for more promptness and professionalism from the representatives.
Questions regarding State Aid were also addressed. During the meeting, attendees were informed that there is a potential $31 million funds available to replenish the exhausted residential fund. However, the State has not yet made those funds available for residents. All who have been affected by the flooding were encouraged to join Supervisor Reilich in reaching out to the Governor in advocating for the funds.
“I was grateful for the opportunity to join the Grand View Beach Association, Senator Joe Robach, and Assemblyman Peter Lawrence in providing updates to water front residents at Tuesday’s informational meeting” said Supervisor Reilich. “There was an open forum where residents were able to express their questions, concerns, and frustrations with topics surrounding the flooding. We were able to address questions about Sheen Housing, funding, IJC Plan 2014, protection available for waterfront residents, and much more. I am reaching out to both the Governor and officials on every level to advocate for our water front residents. I ask you to please join me in contacting the Governor - the more people who reach out, the more likely we are to be heard”.
In honor and memory of the victims and families of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we are lowering the flags at Greece Town Hall until sunset on Monday, February 19th. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board are pleased to announce the official kick off the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 2004 until 2013 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year.
“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend,” said Supervisor Reilich. “It is an honor for me to announce this scholarship in memory of Jerry. His respect for public service and his love for learning are the foundations of this scholarship. Jerry loved his community and we want to be able to engage our youth to enable their participation in local government and community service. This will be our third year awarding this scholarship to a student from the Greece community who shares the same values of community service as Jerry did. I encourage all seniors in high school to apply for this scholarship and continue on Jerry’s lifelong legacy of public service and learning”.
The Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship provides the Greece community with the opportunity to recognize a student that regularly upholds exemplary moral values, devotes time and energy into helping serve the Greece community, and consistently displays outstanding leadership skills.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich revealed the schedule for the Town of Greece Summer Concerts at the Hall. Please see below for the concert schedule.
June 10 – Elvis (2pm)
July 4 – Josie Waverly (6PM) & Orleans (8PM)
In conjunction with the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
August 12 – Beatle Magic (2pm)
We invite the community to join us for these family friendly events which are offered at no charge. Stay tuned for additional details.
In an effort to limit potential floodwater damages, Supervisor Bill Reilich has commissioned the installation of shut-off valves, new piping, and a new berm structure in critical locations where the surging waters caused the greatest impact throughout last year’s flooding events.
During the severe flooding event that occurred over several months last year, the high lake and pond levels caused water to surge back up storm pipes and caused flooding along our shoreline roads. At the peak of this flooding, Town 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. However, these many pumps needed to be maintained and fueled so they could operate 24 hours/day. Knowing that water front residents may experience similar conditions this year, Supervisor Reilich started exploring a better and more efficient way to assist with managing the effects of the surges of water. Through much research it was determined that installing shut-off valves and new piping would ease the stress of operating and fueling pumps 24 hours a day.
Once the shut off valves are installed, and if we experience high lake and pond waters again this year, DPW crews can close these valves, which will greatly reduce the need for pumps and help to keep our roads clear of flood waters and safe for residents. Town engineers and Town staff identified critical locations, designed plans, and are currently working alongside a contractor to oversee the installation.
There are currently 11 locations which are the responsibility of the Town of Greece and where shut off valves are being installed, ranging in size from 8” to 30”. Installation of the first few pumps is already underway on Old Edgemere Drive between Wake Drive and Goodwin Park, where the channel connecting Long Pond empties into Lake Ontario. The valve systems are being installed below ground, which eliminates the possibility of an above ground structure being struck and damaged. This design was also chosen so that residents wouldn’t have mechanical structures on or near their properties.
Town engineers are also completing plans to construct a raised berm structure by Edgemere Drive and the Kodak Pump Station, along Round Pond. During the flooding events last year, high waters in Round Pond caused it to overflow, flooding the residential properties and this section of Edgemere Drive. This was an area that saw the most severe flooding which caused Edgemere Drive to be completely closed for an extended period of time. During that time, DPW and National Guard troops constructed a temporary block and sandbag wall to hold back the high waters of Round Pond. However, Supervisor Reilich recognized the need for a permanent structure and gave instructions for a new berm to be installed as a barrier to protect residents and ensure the road is safe for travel.
“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. “I am hopeful that by installing the new berm, along with the installation of shut-off valves and new piping, that damages will be significantly limited by potential floodwaters. In addition to these projects, I have also established plans once again for sandbags to be filled and provided to residents in need and for pumps to be deployed. I will continue taking measures to protect residents in the event that we experience high water levels again this year. I continue to reach out to agencies throughout New York State and I am also making certain the IJC is engaged and alerted to the already high levels” Reilich said.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce the 5th annual Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Since his first year as Greece Town Supervisor, Bill Reilich has focused on bringing family-oriented community events to the Town of Greece. The Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration has become a beloved event – from the Freedom Run 5k in the morning to the spectacular fireworks display in the evening. The event, which is free and open to the public, also features a Super Hero Sprint for kids, children’s activities, food trucks, and performances by well-known music artists.
For the first Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Supervisor Reilich brought the wildly-popular band Orleans to Greece for a show. Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that in honor of the celebration’s 5th year, Orleans will be returning and introduced as the main performance! This unique pop/rock band has been entertaining fans since 1972.
Opening for Orleans will be a music artist well-known in the Rochester area: Josie Waverly. Josie Waverly has performed all over the United States as a headliner as well as an opening act for many of Nashville’s leading entertainers. Heavily involved in the Greater Rochester community, Josie has been named “Hilton’s Citizen of the Year”, was featured in the Rochester Women Magazine, established the late “Josie’s Country Jukebox” in Spencerport, and much more!
“The Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations draws thousands every year” said Supervisor Reilich. “From the 5k in the morning to the fireworks display at night, the day is filled with fun activities for people of all ages. In recognition of the 5th annual celebration, I am excited to bring back Orleans, who performed for us the first year we held the event. Opening for Orleans is someone known well in the Rochester area: Josie Waverly. We are already in the planning stages for this year’s celebration, and are always happy to offer these fun and popular events to residents!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece, through participation in the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS) Program, has achieved a class rating of 6, which will result in additional savings for taxpayers. Our participation as a Class 6 CRS Community will provide Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a twenty percent discount on their flood insurance policies. Benefits also include improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery. This reduction is significant as flood insurance rates have risen dramatically due to federal laws aimed at making the program self-funding and the elimination of subsidies.
The National Flood Insurance Community Rating System Program is a voluntary incentive program managed by the insurance industry and recognized by FEMA. CRS recognizes communities for enforcing floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements. There are many benefits to participating in CRS, such as improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery. CRS credit points are earned for a wide range of floodplain management activities, which are organized under four categories: (1) Public Information Activities, (2) Mapping and Regulations, (3) Flood Damage Reduction Activities, and (4) Warning and Response.
Effective May 1, 2018, the Town of Greece will become the highest rated CRS community in New York State. Greece is among only 34 communities that have taken on the effort and responsibility of becoming a CRS community within New York. In a letter sent from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, it was written that the Town of Greece has always been a leader for the CRS program, serving as a valuable example and resource for other communities interested in improving their CRS rating.
In 2014, Supervisor Bill Reilich’s participation in the CRS program provided Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a 10% discount on their flood insurance policies due to the Class 8 rating held by the Town of Greece. As a result of Supervisor Reilich’s direction, policies and continued efforts, the Town of Greece was officially acknowledged at the 2017 annual meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association for advancing the Town’s status in the Community Rating System to Class 7. Supervisor Reilich continued to invest in efforts aligning with flood insurance policies, resulting in the Town of Greece receiving a class 6 rating, which will be effective May 1st, 2018. This makes the Town of Greece the only Class 6 municipality in New York State, meaning the Town holds the highest rating for its efforts to protect its citizens from losses caused by flooding and notes that the Town has significantly exceeded the requirements for NFIP participation and effective floodplain management.
“Since first taking office, saving taxpayer dollars has been my top priority” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am continuously searching for opportunities and programs to save residents money. I am pleased to announce that effective May 1st, 2018, Town of Greece citizens who currently have flood insurance will receive a 20% reduction on their National Flood Insurance rates. As a result of the efforts the Greece Town Board and I have put into participating in the CRS, our community is in an improved position to address the increasing frequency of flood events. We take pride in being leaders in floodplain management and an excellent example to other communities”.