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.
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.
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.