Supervisor Reilich is honored to once again participate in the “Matt’s Coats for Kids” giving opportunity. Matts Coats for Kids was established in 2004 in honor of Matthew J. Fitton who lost his life in a tragic car accident at the age of 20. Over the years, the organization has helped distribute thousands of coats to children in need. Please see the attachment for the full story of Matt’s Coats for Kids.
Please consider donating new or gently used winter outerwear to help keep our local kids warm this winter. Donations needed are new and gently used coats, NEW (only) mittens and gloves, and NEW (only) socks. The donation box is located in the Greece Community and Senior Center, 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard. The box will be available thru Monday, November 30th.
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“I would like to encourage all to consider donating used or gently used outerwear towards this worthy cause” said Supervisor Reilich. “Thank you for your generosity. I am proud to live in a community where people come together time and again to help those in need”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the Greece Town Board passed their 2021 budget this evening at their regular meeting. The budget includes another town tax decrease and shows a decrease in the overall size of the town budget, meaning that the appropriations are lower than 2020. Our tax rate for 2020 was $6.2246 per thousand dollars of assessed value. The 2021 Adopted Budget is estimated at $6.16 per thousand dollars of assessed value, a decrease of nearly 6 ½ cents.
There are goals in this budget and there are priorities for our residents. We will continue to embrace technological innovations, cost cutting measures, and keep our focus on keeping our community safe and vibrant while continuing to provide the amenities that our residents have grown to love and appreciate in place. We are ready for any challenge because we realize that we are at our best when we work together.
The newly adopted budget is nearly $1M below the tax cap, includes no borrowing and retires debt of nearly $3M. Additionally, the budget includes the 100% cash payment toward the new Children’s Library Expansion which is on track to open in mid-2021 and our new ice rink as well.
“We have worked hard the past 7+ years to prepare for this (COVID) or any sort of emergency. There is no doubt that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone, but by careful budgeting and planning we have been able to absorb the cuts to our revenue and not place any further burdens on our taxpayers” Supervisor Reilich said. ”When I took office in 2014, the town was balancing its budgets using its reserve funds and tax rates were slowly trending upwards. Since that time, we have presented budgets that were not dependent on reserve funds and we have steadily worked on decreasing taxes. We made the commitment to make sustained rate reduction a part of our budget effort, and having a balanced budget has allowed us to do that” Reilich said.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce plans for Amazon to build an 181,000 square foot distribution center in the Town of Greece, adding 500-1000 permanent jobs to the local economy. This project advances the core of the Town of Greece 2020 Comprehensive Plan to bring industrial growth and more jobs to the area. Acquest Development Company, owner and developer of the 60 acre site located in Eastman Business Park, will use local contractors for construction, putting hundreds more to work in the construction sector. Thanks to an expedited permitting process made possible by the town’s new Economic Development and Innovation Overlay (EDIO), construction could start as soon as next week with the facility slated to be fully operational by spring of 2021.
The town’s new Economic Development and Innovation Overlay area, adopted in March of this year, covers a range of industrial areas including Eastman Business Park, Canal Ponds Business Park, and MuniPro’s 400+ acre Northampton Landing Development along the Erie Canal. The Overlay is strategically placed to focus on growth in job-creating industry sectors like clean energy, food and beverage production, health care, manufacturing, and distribution industries. The Amazon facility is located within this district.
“With the completion of our 2020 Comprehensive Plan, we’ve made economic development and job creation our top priority” said Supervisor Reilich. “From the moment we were approached with this project, we’ve been working in partnership with the developer to make it happen. When it comes to attracting industry and creating jobs, we can’t just sit back and wait for opportunities like this to come to our community, we have to be proactive. With all of the economic losses we have been experiencing due to COVID, this new investment in our community is a welcome sign of future prosperity. Our success here shows that the formula works and we are on track to achieve the full potential of our industrial areas”.
The Overlay and renewed focus on economic development are outgrowths of Greece’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan, as is the town’s newly established Office of Economic Development. With hundreds of acres available for industrial development, solid infrastructure, and a skilled workforce, Greece is working to position itself for future industrial job growth in a changing economic landscape.
“Greece Town Council Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro, and I are thrilled to finally announce that an Amazon Facility is coming to Greece” said Supervisor Bill Reilich. “We have been working tirelessly these past six months to bring this project to fruition. The addition of Amazon is likely to draw many other small business enterprises to our area whose goods and services will be utilized by Amazon, helping every level of our economy to grow. We have always placed a priority on bringing jobs to our community and the jobs generated by Amazon will be good paying jobs with great benefits. Despite the economic challenges that COVID has brought, we are happy to continue bringing good jobs with benefits and solid wages to our area”.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Councilmembers Josh Jensen and Diana Christodaro, Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon, Greece Public Library Director Cassie Guthrie, and Assistant Library Director Keith Suhr for the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of the Greece Public Library Main Branch Entryway Project. This project is a culmination of several months of planning and work to create a new space featuring many needed updates for our patrons.
The past several months have seen many updates to the entryway, including a ceiling grid, brick work, new entry floor title and a new decorative metal roofing which will serve to marry the entrance with our new Children’s Room Expansion project. Highlights of this project include automatic doors to provide touchless entry and one way in and out travel for health and safety. The entrance portico makes the entry to the library more identifiable and provides covering over the sidewalk during inclement weather. The new LED lighting will show energy savings and provide much-needed illumination in the formerly dim lobby.
The new entryway area now features brand new public restroom facilities. The Town Historian’s Office has also been relocated to this area for easier public access right off the library lobby. Walking into the library, patrons will now see that new pillars and structural support have been completed outside.
“Roughly 300,000 patrons pass through the doors of our Greece Public Library each year and this number is trending upward” said Supervisor Reilich. “We are so excited to bring our library patrons this new and updated entryway space!”
Saturday morning, Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Council Members Diana Christodaro, Bill Murphy, and Josh Jensen for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the highly-anticipated Tractor Supply Company, located at 3230 Latta Road in the Town of Greece.
Joining for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Town of Greece Planning and Economic Development Director Scott Copey, Tractor Supply Company District Manager Katie Porta, Store Manager Jodi Rae Baird, and Assistant Store Manager Jeana Elmer.
The Tractor Supply Company in Greece is only the 3rd Tractor Supply Company in all of Monroe County. Tractor Supply provides goods and services such as hardware, seasonal items, home gardens, and power equipment. To view a more expansive list of their goods and services, visit their website at tractorsupply.com.
The Town of Greece worked closely with Tractor Supply Company and DMK Development to tailor the building’s architecture and site design to meet the town’s expectations for a high-quality commercial development. While working with the Tractor Supply Company development and architectural teams, the Town of Greece asked Tractor Supply Company to adjust their architectural mold to design a building that fit well with the community of surrounding buildings, such as Canandaigua National Bank, Aldi, and Tompkins Bank of Castile.
“The Town of Greece is proud to be home to the third Tractor Supply Company in all of Monroe County!” said Supervisor Reilich. “The location of this store is a logical addition to the Latta/Long Pond commercial center. When you drive by Tractor Supply Company in Greece, you will notice that the building layout and exterior design match the same brick and color of buildings in the surrounding Latta/Long Pond business corridor. So today what you will see on the exterior of Tractor Supply is that they designed their building in Greece at this location so that the Latta/Long Pond corner would continue in the tradition with quality architectural material that is consistent with the character of the area. I would like to congratulate the member of the Tractor Supply Company team on the grand opening of their new location in the Town of Greece!”