This week, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich unveiled the new Electric Car Charging Stations on the Greece Town Hall Campus. When you visit Greece Town Hall, you will see four new charging stations in the parking lot just outside the Meeting Rooms area prominently in the center of the Town Hall Campus Parking Lot located at 1 Vince Tofany Boulevard. These charging stations are open to the public for their use.
Signs have officially been installed, units are activated, and striping and road restoration has been completed for the charging station area. We are thankful to have obtained a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Charge Ready New York Program in the amount of $16,000 to help finance the cost of these stations.
To charge your electric vehicle, simply follow the instructions listed on the charging port. The steps are as follows (as listed on chargepoint.com):
- Tap your ChargePoint card on your phone (you must be signed in to the mobile app) on the CargePoint station to start a charge. This will unlock the charging connector so you can remove it from the charging station. You can also tap the orange “Start Charge” button in the station details page in the mobile app.
- Push the button on the connector to lift it out of the holster on the station.
- Plug the connector into your EV to start charging. Check your EV’s indicator to make sure you are charging (often there are lights on the dashboard to show this).
- Relax and go about your day. You can track your charging in the app if you want. You will receive a notification when your car is done charging (if you’ve enabled notifications).
- When you return to your car, tap your card or phone and return the connector to the station. After your charging session is finished, you will receive an email with more information about the charging session.
- Please note: you will continue being charged starting ½ hour after the charging has been completed. A message will be sent to prevent people from leaving the vehicle parked too long.
“The use of electric vehicles is growing and I am very happy to be able to offer this amenity to our residents and guests who have any business at our Town Hall Campus” said Supervisor Reilich. “I would like to thank our Grant Researcher, DPW Crew, and Maintenance Team for their efforts in obtaining and installing the electric car charging stations on the Greece Town Hall Campus”.
Attention Greece Residents:
Several days ago we were contacted by an individual that informed us they were organizing a peaceful protest.
The First Amendment provides the right of the people to peaceably assemble in order to exercise their freedom of speech. ALL levels of government have a responsibility and duty to protect our constitutional rights.
Protecting the rights of the people, however, also means that government must appropriately respond to any illegal conduct that infringes on the rights of others.
Again, we have been told it will be a peaceful event but I have called in State Police to assist GPD to ensure everyone is safe. That is always the priority. The Chief has been working with the organizer and has also been working with me and several others at Town Hall to ensure the event remains both peaceful and safe.
As of late yesterday GPD had completed their individual visits to businesses along the route they will be traveling. We wanted to be certain accurate information was conveyed and we are now at the point we can provide more details to all of our residents
GPD has advised that we close Long Pond Road from Town Hall to English Road this Saturday from approximately 3:00 pm through approximately 6:00 pm. I know this will put a strain on all of our local residents but we ask for your patience as this allows us to ensure everyone’s safety as well as to focus on the needs at hand.
In the event of an emergency for residents that live along Long Pond Road during this time, please call 911. We have ambulances and fire trucks that will be on scene and available for any emergencies. By staging them in the area you will have immediate response times. Again, all of this has been pulled together prior to making our announcement regarding Saturday’s protest event.
For those who are questioning allowing this, as stated above, we have no choice. And it really can’t compare to our 4th of July celebration being cancelled. We have tried to push the envelope like we did with opening protocols for outdoor dining and Greece businesses were threatened with having their state licenses pulled. I would not want to put in jeopardy any of the vendors that participate each and every year at our July 4th celebration. And since we would likely be the only location with fireworks, it would be impossible to control the number of people from outside our town that may want to head here and even more impossible to limit it.
We’ve had suggestions of allowing some cars in, again we have nearly 100,000 residents and probably logistically could only fit 200 cars so again a handful of happy residents and many more wishing they could participate
What we can guarantee is we will be back next year bigger and better than ever as we celebrate our great country.
As a precaution, we are closing the spray park at noon on Saturday, though I wish we didn’t have to I am deferring to the Chief and our department as they are preparing for their work at the protest. Starting next week, however, I am happy to report we will be lifting many of the restrictions regarding timeframes and number of residents at the spray park. Stay tuned for more info. We have seen mild numbers and considerate crowds who have all been keeping proper social distancing while enjoying the WOW zone with their families. Thank you to all of you.
So my suggestion, if you can avoid Long Pond road from Town Hall (just North of Latta Road) through English Road you will be spared heavy traffic and the need to re-route your travel.
We commit again to putting the safety of our residents as our number one priority.
I’ll do my best at responding but please realize we are devoting a great deal of time to our preparations to ensure you and your families are safe.
The Town of Greece is disappointed to have to cancel the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration for 2020. The Town of Greece has been waiting for guidance from the State of New York to advise what the crowd-size limitations will be for July 4th. We still do not have the guidance on crowd size and given logistics and planning we cannot continue to wait and must unfortunately cancel this family event.
“The decision to cancel the Town of Greece Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration was not made lightly. We really wanted to have the 4th of July celebration for our community, which has already been through so much throughout COVID-19. In fact, we held off as long as possible in cancelling the celebration, hoping that the State would provide more clear guidance on what will be allowable. We are disappointed by the lack of clarity and direction from the Governor with regards to lifting the limitation on the number of people who may gather for 4th of July events. Thank you all for your understanding of this difficult decision we were forced to make. We will certainly plan to make next year’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration even bigger and better in 2021” said Supervisor Reilich.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce new eligibility standards for the 2019-2020 Greece Residential Improvement Program (GRIP) year. Starting immediately, the maximum grant award will be increased from $4,800 to $6,000, and the maximum assessed value for eligible homes will be raised from $119,000 to $130,000. Household income standards have also been elevated in accordance with new federal data. What this means is that more of Greece’s homes and residents will be eligible to participate in the GRIP program than ever before.
GRIP grants are for rehabilitation projects in single-family, owner-occupied homes in the Town of Greece. The program is funded through the town’s Community Development Block Grant, so projects must be 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.
Town of Greece staff and certified inspectors will work with homeowners to identify and address priority home repairs and rehabilitation activities with the goal of achieving safe and decent housing for town residents and protecting the town’s quality housing stock. Maintaining the town’s housing stock and quality neighborhoods are primary goals of the Town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan.
Now in its 47th year, the GRIP program has assisted more than 2,200 income-qualified homeowners with more than $6 million in needed repairs and upgrades. The Town of Greece welcomes Greece homeowner’s participation in this program. For additional information or questions about eligibility, please contact the Town of Greece GRIP office at (585) 723-2384.
Supervisor Bill Reilich, along with Town of Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon and Greece Town Board members Mike Barry, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Diana Christodaro, are pleased to announce the date for the annual Fall Shredding Event for Greece residents.
This free Shredding Event will be held Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Greece Town Hall Campus. Services will be provided by Shred-Text. For more information about the company, please call 247-5250 or visit their website at www.shredtext.com.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our scheduled Spring Shredding Event because of the pandemic” said Supervisor Reilich. We anticipate that we will have a great deal of participation for our Fall event this year. I, our Greece Council Members, and our Receiver of Taxes will all be on hand to assist residents with unloading their vehicles throughout the duration of the event. We are excited to yet again offer this free service to Greece residents for the third consecutive year”.
For years, the GRIP (Greece Residential Improvement Program) has assisted homeowners in Greece with providing grant funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. To date, the town has successfully assisted 2,200 homes in providing $6,000,000 in funding support since its inception.
“Today, we turn our efforts toward our small businesses. As a former small business owner myself, I have been imagining how devastating this COVID-19 shutdown would have affected my business and my former employees. As your Greece Town Supervisor, I have seen first-hand the devastation many of our small businesses are experiencing. We have certainly been doing all we can to assist wherever possible” said Supervisor Bill Reilich.
Small business are the backbone to every community. During these difficult and challenging times, they have countless worries that extend beyond the fear of losing their business altogether. They bare a heavy responsibility to their employees and their families and also to the community.
This morning, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board were thrilled to announce the introduction of the GROW Greece Program.
GROW is an acronym for:
G - Grant Support for Businesses
R - Retain Jobs in Greece
O - Opportunities Provided
W - Working Together to Move Small Business Forward
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board made the decision to launch a program which will initially be funded with a supplement to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds. This fund will initially have $100,000 immediately available. There is already a plan in motion to increase potential funding for Phase I and further enhancements to the program for Phase 2, which will offer small business loans.
The first stage of GROW Greece will consist of up to $5,000 as a business grant to qualifying businesses. The criteria for applying for the grant are:
- Business must be located in the Town of Greece
- Must be a retail or service business with between 5 to 50 employees
- Be an established business in the Town of Greece for at least one year
- Be able to document economic loss as a direct result of the COVID-19 health crisis
- Be in compliance with applicable codes
- Not have any outstanding taxes
After this initial funding of Phase I, the town will evaluate before making a decision to add additional funding toward this grant program. The long term plan that is being put in place will offer revolving small business loans. After analyzing this program, an announcement will be made with more details for what we will call Phase II.
Initially, the main goal is to put forth an effort to assist small businesses that are struggling, but as we rally past the ill effects of this Pandemic, this program will continue to exist with an overall purpose of assisting small business growth and attracting small businesses eager to set up shop and GROW their business in Greece.
“I have formed a group of management individuals who I am charging with reviewing the applications, verifying the information provided by the business and selecting the recipients. These individuals will be certain the funding is being used wisely and also ensuring it has a positive effect on the community” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am excited to launch this new program, in particular at this point in time as we are starting to celebrate in a small way our phased opening and the path to what I would like to coin as “A better normal”.
This isn’t a race of who can open first or faster or better, it is about who can help rescue what will be left of our small businesses. No one wins as each day passes and each of these business owners comes closer to making the difficult decision to close their doors forever.
What is frustrating to me and to the business owners in my town is that while Greece is the largest town in the “Finger Lakes Region”. We haven’t been included in any discussions whatsoever. So if there is an impression that we are “moving ahead with plans,” then perhaps it is because we have never once received a call from anyone in state government whatsoever about decisions or conditions or even health updates. These regional leaders were put in place, one would assume, to reach out to their regions with updates and information.
I know from a recent email from Empire State Development; that was received after our announcement that they (ESD) have been in discussions with the City of Rochester to model a plan, likely similar to the one we have proposed in Greece. Though we did not get any advance notification or a “heads up” independently we formulated a plan that would safely allow outdoor seating. It was an “outside of the box” idea yes, but based on our current Special Use Permit for outdoor seating and it was an attempt to streamline our process, with no charge and to help those that contribute so much to our economy.
My job is to be the voice of our residents and our businesses. My other main priority is their safety and security. What we are noticing that is already happening in Greece is that people are setting up their own “outdoor” seating. They are pulling chairs from locations into parking lots, they are setting up lawn chairs in larger parking lots, they are bringing their blankets and card tables and taking their “take out” or “pick up” food and eating together. And of importance to note is the same employees that are delivering your food to your back seat or your trunk are the same people that would be safely delivering your food to your clean and socially distanced table. This desire to be together as a community is happening despite anyone’s attempts to control it. My concern, is there are no safety measures; no stanchions, no fencing, no provisions to protect them from traffic whatsoever. We have Special Use permits that are typically submitted by various restaurants, they are typically seasonal in nature; there is a permit fee and a review. What we wanted to do was offer this opportunity to anyone that could safely provide outdoor seating that would be monitored. We would review and inspect their proposal for safety, proper cleaning protocols and social distancing, issue a 90 day permit with no charge for the inspection and allow them to open up outdoor seating. We wanted to improve on impromptu, unprotected gatherings that will occur and are occurring. We have over 150 restaurants; we don’t have enough staff to monitor these establishments to be certain residents aren’t “dining outside” 24 hours a day. This permit never purported to alter any laws or regulations that are in place or those stipulations as required by the State Liquor Authority, they were meant to provide safety and to help our businesses, period, no grander plan, no political motive, just help where it is desperately needed.
I listened to the Governor once again yesterday – we heard good news – all the numbers are good – deaths are down, new cases are down, hospitalizations are down, and then there was the concern for small businesses and blue collar workers and we all waited to hear about the potential for relief but alas it did not come. Instead we heard of everything else but what help was coming to the small business owner; the restaurant owners who have been serving the public who have chosen to stay home.
I have no issues with those that choose to continue to isolate at home, those that are immune compromised and their desire to continue to distance themselves because of their condition. If they indeed are not going out, are practicing social distancing, are wearing their masks, then this would not purport any additional harm to them because this is already going on. Again, this is as much a safety decision as an economic one and I feel the responsibility to try and assist these businesses so that after we walk through these phases there is a chance that some of them make it through to the other side.
What has changed today is that Greece businesses are now receiving threats from the Liquor Authority and through Bob Duffy’s office. No one wanted to get ahead of the Governor, we wanted to lend a helping hand before it’s too late, we wanted to be a common sense partner in keeping these restaurants open.
Yes we have restaurants applying for permits, but indeed, I would never want to cause them harm – these threats are meant to punish businesses and threaten their attempt to try to survive at the same time we are trying to support them.
This morning we also learned that salons have been switched to Phase III, again no notification, no warning, just a line or two moved on the website. That line or two move, that week or so will make a difference. Many are saying they won’t make it another week. We need help and we need it now. The metrics are showing we’ve done our job why another roadblock.
Please note, there will be no additional statements at this time.
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*You must have a current account to register for the Drive-In Family Movie. Registration for this event opens tomorrow (Friday) at 8:00am*
Wishing there was a drive in movie located a little closer to home? No problem! Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board are pleased to invite Greece residents to join us for our first ever “Drive-In Family Movie Night” premiering at the Greece Town Hall Campus.
Pre-registration is required for the screening of Disney Pixar ONWARD. To ensure social distancing, we will be limiting this event to 85 cars. The price will be $5 per car, which includes a bag of popcorn to enjoy. Please also feel free to bring your own snacks and a lawn chair as well and join your neighbors for an evening of fun under the stars.
“I think we all feel a bit of nostalgia when we think of the old time drive-in movie theaters” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are so happy to be able to bring this outdoor movie experience to our Greece Residents. It’s our first official event of the summer and we have so much more in store. I hope you can join us”!
Registration will begin Friday, May 29th at 8:00 AM. Those interested may register on-line by accessing our Rec-Trac system on the Greece Parks and Recreation website https://greeceparksandrec.greeceny.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html?InterfaceParameter=WebTrac_1
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce an effort to assist local restaurants and eateries by providing the ability for them to apply for a permit to operate with outdoor seating.
This temporary Outdoor Seating Permit will be issued by the Town of Greece Fire Marshal’s office within 24-48 hours after businesses supply supporting documentation. Once businesses have been emailed their permit, they are able to begin the outdoor seating immediately. There will be no fee for this service or the permit itself, but business owners must supply a floorplan or request a free walk through inspection in order to be certain they are in compliance with the following stipulations:
- Proof of adequate amount of social distancing between tables.
- Clear access to the parking lot or sidewalk.
- The ability to denote the area that is being used with stanchions or fencing, etc.
There is no permit fee being collected. Upon approval, the business will be emailed a permit that needs to be placed in the front window (or adjacent to the outdoor seating). Compliance will be monitored.
“As a former small business owner myself, I can relate to the struggles that many small businesses are going through right now due to the extended shut down period” said Supervisor Reilich. “I want to offer our food service industry an option to be able to serve more residents and do so safely. I am hopeful that this ability to generate more seating will help cut some of the devastating losses they have experienced”.