Please note that the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. We honor and remember the 2,334 service men and women who died and the 1,143 who were wounded. We will always be thankful for the sacrifices they made so that we may have freedom in this country.
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce the second 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, December 12, 2019 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 been meeting to discuss these issues and Town staff has met with key stakeholders. The next critical step is to seek additional input from town residents. Town officials and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and collect additional public input.
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.
During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Greece Town Board, Supervisor Reilich and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro recognized and presented a proclamation to members of the Bryce Marine team in honor of the many awards and recognitions they have recently received.
Bryce Marine team members Craig Bryce, Dave Willis, and Tom Sinclair were present at the Greece Town Board Meeting to receive a proclamation detailing their many accomplishments. The dealership, which is located on Manitou Road in the Town of Greece, was recently awarded the Sea-Doo National Dealer of the Year Award at the Annual Awards Ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This prestigious honor, which considers over 850 dealerships, is awarded annually to the dealer that leads the nation in sales, market penetration, customer satisfaction, quarterly performance levels, and attaining platinum level certification standards. Bryce Marine was also awarded the Eastern Regional Dealer of the Year and the District Dealer of the Year.
“I would like to congratulate Bryce Marine on their outstanding accomplishments” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are proud to celebrate their achievement of these awards and to celebrate their 40th year in the Marine Retail Business”.
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 Ceremony at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Greece Town Board. 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 present proclamations and medals to the hard working and determined young men who have shown that commitment and perseverance lead to success” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “At Tuesday evening’s Town Board meeting, I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation and medal to Tyler Stevenson who has recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop Number 197. Tyler attained the rank of Eagle Scout through his efforts towards clearing the Greece Athena High School courtyard. The bushes in the courtyard were overgrown, the benches were in much-needed repair, and landscaping, edging, weeding, and trimming all needed to be done. Tyler organized and supervised various groups of coworkers, piers, and adults in order to complete this project. Thank you for your efforts towards a project that will be enjoyed by Greece Athena High School staff and students for years to come!”
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.
Macmillan Publishers, one of the nation’s largest publishers, recently announced that, effective November 1st of this year, they would be limiting libraries to just one copy of new eBook releases for the first eight weeks. The Monroe County Library System orders multiple electronic copies of popular books so that people do not have to wait long to read the new release. Macmillan Publisher’s recent announcement means that only three people in all of Monroe County are going to have access to the new release eBook for the first eight weeks (each user may “borrow” the eBook for up to three weeks).
In response to Macmillan Publisher’s statement that they are being squeezed by library programs and apps that make it easier to borrow rather than buy eBooks, Greece Public Library Director Cassie Guthrie said “It’s interesting what Macmillan is saying: People can have access to eBooks from their public library for free. That’s not accurate. We pay for those books. Taxpayers pay for those books”.
“The Greece Public Library spends a quarter of their library materials budget on digital content, so Macmillan Publisher’s decision to limit eBook availability severely affects patrons who enjoy our vast eBook selection” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am joining communities throughout Monroe County in asking patrons to sign a petition to encourage Macmillan Publishers to continue promoting literacy and a love of reading with their diverse collection of eBooks. Click this link to sign the petition: ebooksforall.org ”.
This morning, Supervisor Reilich joined representatives from Clearwater Organic Farms, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Empire State Development, and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo for a ground breaking ceremony for Clearwater Organic Farms’ new 475,000 square foot hydroponic greenhouse.
Clearwater Organic Farms uses cutting-edge hydroponic technology to produce fresh, locally grown, year-round organic baby leaf greens to supply markets throughout New York State. The facility for Clearwater Organic Farms, which will be constructed at the Eastman Business Park in Greece, will be the largest hydroponic commercial greenhouse of its kind in the United States and will produce more than 2.7 million pounds of fresh produce annually.
“I am thrilled to see the Clearwater Organic Farms project moving forward, which is a logical addition to LiDestri’s growing food and beverage industry in Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank the management teams from Clearwater Organic Farms and LiDestri for entrusting the Town of Greece and this region with their investment. We are certain they will continue growing and expanding”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, the Greece Town Board, and the Library Board are pleased to announce plans for an expansion of our Children’s Library Section at the Main Library Branch, 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard.
The proposed expansion would double the footprint of the current Children’s Library, adding 3,300 square feet of space and will include a children’s programming room and many new amenities for our youngest residents, their parents and caregivers.
Our library is nearly 20 years old, and in fact, we made the final payment on the building this year. The age of the building and the growth of the town have shown increased numbers of patrons visiting the library and programming numbers, in particular our children’s programs have been steadily increasing.
“I made a commitment to our residents that we would take this great town and make it even better; our commitment to expanding the Children’s Library is another way we are delivering increased amenities to our residents while keeping our finances in order” said Supervisor Reilich. “There will be no borrowing to support this project. We have applied for a grant to offset some of the project costs and the remainder of the funds will be paid in cash as a result of careful planning and budgeting”.
We are in the early stages of planning and want to offer an opportunity for our residents to weigh in on any suggestions they may have for ways to enhance the Children’s Library space. Greece residents are invited to visit Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor’s Facebook Page to make suggestions and share ideas of things they may like to see at the library. Comment cards will also be available at the Main Information Desk at the library as well.
Once we have received resident input, we will start to put a conceptual design in place and share the progress with our residents throughout the entire process.
Town of Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board have released the proposed budget for the town which again includes a reduction in the property tax rate from $6.285 per $1,000 in property value to $6.225 per $1,000 in property value, a 6 cent reduction.
“This is a continuation of our efforts to steadily reduce the town tax rate in the Town of Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our tax rate is now lower than it was ten years ago, and we continue to keep our costs under control. We’ve paid off the debt on the Town Hall and the Library as well. Everything we have done has been to ensure the proper management of town finances. We fully expect to continue on this course for the foreseeable future”.
In addition to the proposed 2020 budget tax decrease, our capital plan includes the continuation of our commitment to public infrastructure. Over $2.25 million in cash will be put towards road maintenance and improvements. It includes additional improvements to our service mall area, an allocation for park and playground upgrades and a commitment to green energy initiatives. Most important to note perhaps is there is no borrowing for any capital improvements.
“We are proud of our 2020 proposed budget and believe it is good for our residents, our families and our businesses. It continues to strengthen our investment in the town’s infrastructure while controlling costs and reducing the tax rate” Reilich said. “We continue to maintain a balanced budget with reasonable estimates of costs and revenues. We have a high AA rating from Standard and Poor’s and they specifically referenced our strong financial management in their reviews. Additionally, the town received a 1.7 on the NYS Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System that indicates a ‘no designation’ which is the most favorable listing”.