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Last year Supervisor Bill Reilich announced that the Town of Greece was in the process of seeking a grant from The Skate Park Project. This organization has contributed funding and built over 600 skate parks worldwide.

At that time our Parks and Recreation Department worked diligently to create a detailed plan for a new Skate Park in the Town of Greece to submit for the grant. There were many requirements that needed to be met in order to successfully submit our application for the grant.  Some of those requirements were a plan ensuring the town had an appropriate location, engagement with a local architect to discuss size, options, feasibility, and potential layout, and the ever important step of having letters of support from our community as well as a Skate Park Advocate on board.

 All that planning has paid off. Today, Supervisor Reilich is thrilled to announce that the Town of Greece has been awarded the Built to Play Skatepark Grant! This is a major step in our plans to build and open a brand new public skate park in the Town of Greece for our residents.

“I would personally like to thank our Parks and Recreation management, as well as many members of our administration, from various departments that all stepped up to get the grant submitted with a very short submission window” said Supervisor Reilich. “The grant process was heavily driven by community support and engagement, and I want to thank everyone that submitted letters of support for the project. My team and I are excited to continue bringing new and innovating options to our town that foster free play and exercise within our community”.

The mission of The Skatepark Project is to develop quality places to practice the sport of skateboarding and provide a healthy outlet and recreational challenge to like-minded individuals. To date, 575 recipients of the The Skatepark Project grants have opened their skate parks. These parks receive more than 6-million visits annual by youth who benefit from the active lifestyle and camaraderie the facility promote. To learn more about this organization, visit skatepark.org. 

 

Supervisor Reilich is informing residents that Town Hall offices and the Community and Senior Center will be closed to the general public on Friday, January 28th. This is due to progressing work on the Community and Senior Center expansion. The 28th is the day scheduled for water-related services and will affect restrooms, sinks, and water fountains in these two areas.

Please note that the other buildings on the Town Hall Campus will not be affected this day. This temporary closure is schedule for the 28th only – it will not affect regular business hours earlier that week or the following week. Also note that Town employees are reporting to work the 28th. They are reachable via phone and email should you have to contact them.

Thank you all for your understanding and accommodating the exciting work being done at the Greece Community and Senior Center.

Supervisor Reilich is informing residents that Town Hall offices and the Community and Senior Center will be closed to the general public on Friday, January 28th. This is due to progressing work on the Community and Senior Center expansion. The 28th is the day scheduled for water-related services and will affect restrooms, sinks, and water fountains in these two areas.

Please note that the other buildings on the Town Hall Campus will not be affected this day. This temporary closure is schedule for the 28th only – it will not affect regular business hours earlier that week or the following week. Also note that Town employees are reporting to work the 28th. They are reachable via phone and email should you have to contact them.

Thank you all for your understanding and accommodating the exciting work being done at the Greece Community and Senior Center.

This year the Town of Greece is celebrating its 200th bicentennial anniversary! Throughout 2022, the Town will be celebrating this significant milestone with a variety of events and services for residents that commemorate our two hundred year history and progress as a town and community. 

As part of that effort, Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce the release of the Town of Greece’s Bicentennial Historic Resources Survey. The survey is an online, living archive of maps, images, information and historical narratives documenting Greece’s heritage in an accessible format that is easy to navigate for people of all ages. The survey will be maintained by the Town Historian and utilized to share the highlights of our history that have contributed to Greece being the great town and community it is today. 

“Think of it as a book with unlimited pages, where we can share information about our history in new and creative ways that are engaging to residents of all ages” said Supervisor Reilich. “What better way to celebrate the Town’s bicentennial than reflecting on our history, the neighborhoods, business districts, waterways and people that are the fabric of our community and I invite and encourage all of Greece’s residents to take the time to utilize it”.

The Bicentennial Historic Resources Survey is the completion of yet another recommendation of the Town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The survey link can be found here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7a414722fef745efb0fddfad4af0bdf3

During Tuesday night’s Greece Town Board Organizational Meeting, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich administered Oath of Office for the Greece Town Councilmembers and Greece Receiver of Taxes.

 Oath of Office were administered for David Michael Barry – 1st Ward Councilman; William Murphy – 2nd Ward Councilman; Michael Bloomer – 3rd Ward Councilman; Diana Christodaro – 4th Ward Councilwoman; and Andrew Conlon – Receiver of Taxes.

“I was honored to administer the Oath of Office for our Town Councilmembers and Receiver of Taxes during our January Organizational Meeting” said Supervisor Reilich. “Each and every member is an outstanding contributing member of our team and they work hard to represent and serve every resident in the Town of Greece. I could not be more proud to serve with this team”.

To view the full Oath of Office administration, please visit the Facebook page of Bill Reilich Greece Town Supervisor: https://www.facebook.com/488197104572689/videos/867095430653223

Please note that the flags on the Greece Town Hall Campus will be flown at half-staff on Saturday, January 8, in honor and remembrance of Senator Harry Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this time.

Last month, Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board announced that Mike Wood would be serving as Chief of Police for the Greece Police Department.  At its organizational meeting last evening, current Rochester Police Department Captain Naser Zenelovic was unanimously voted to fill the rank of Deputy Chief for the Greece Police Department. 

This is another important step to moving forward with our command staff at the Department. 

Zenelovic is currently serving as Police Captain – Patrol Section Investigations, a position he has held since October 2019.  Previously he served as Police Captain – Staff Duty Officer, Lieutenant – Central Investigations Section – Major Crimes and also as the Lieutenant - Special Operations Section – Tactical Unit.  In total, he has over twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience and his career has been dedicated to the core mission of policing in the spirit of service. 

“We are eager to bring our new Chief, Mike Wood and Deputy Chief Zenelovic on board” Reilich said. “They both are men of impeccable character and have a desire to bring an even wider range of knowledge to what I believe is the best department anywhere around”.

His official start date with the Greece Police Department will be January 17th

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich is excited to announce that while current renovations and expansions are underway at the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center front entry way, we aren’t done yet!  Today we are announcing plans for a complete renovation and expansion to bring even more amenities to our town residents. This project is a culmination of several months of planning to create and provide a state-of-the-art space for Greece residents both young and old.  We had originally planned the entryway renovation, however, with many of our residents requesting expanded services and programs as they’ve chosen to stay closer to home of late, we have made a commitment to significantly expand the footprint of the center and further our commitment to provide wellness options to everyone who calls Greece home. 

Renovation and expansion work officially commenced last week with the front desk/activity room renovation project.  This first phase will include a toddler gym, an expanded senior lounge complete with a fireplace for gathering and upgrades to our gym.  In the next few weeks, you will see the main entryway shut down and a new temporary entryway utilized so that residents can continue to participate in our programs and classes. Our staff is doing everything they can to offer as many programs as possible and keep the center up and running throughout the entire construction phase. 

Looking at the new expansion, one of the features that is widely used is our indoor walk track.  The existing track is currently 305 feet, causing residents to make multiple rounds to reach the one mile benchmark and in its current state, it doesn’t offer much scenary.  The expanded walking track will be 970 feet and will bring residents on a very scenic walk that extends through a tunnel heading toward Long Pond Road and looping back in through our expansion.  A new Wellness Center will also be added to the space consisting of 2,620 sq. feet and featuring a variety of cardio equipment pieces; elliptical equipment, treadmills and stair climbers just to name a few.  We will also be adding a cycling room for use both with scheduled classes or used individually and we hope to provide a subscription based riding program as well.  We have plans for many dedicated areas throughout the space and we are thrilled to provide this expansion for the residents.  Overall, we will be adding a 32,250 sq. foot addition to the C&SC’s existing 39,330 square feet. That will bring the total building area to 71,580 square feet and more in line with a town of our size.

\As we did with the Children’s Library Expansion, we will provide updates and “sneak peeks” throughout the project’s duration. 

See the attached pictures to view the planned layout for the first floor, second floor, and a visual of the building from the exterior.

Due to the extent of this work, the C&SC has drafted a revised schedule for activities that will vary from month to month. Please visit https://bit.ly/greecerecreation to view the monthly calendar. Please note, activities and programs may change last minute due to construction. We are also encouraging residents to sign up for our text alerts by texting ‘CSC Notify’ to 74121. This will provide the most up-to-date information on any last minute changes to programs.

“The Town of Greece is home to nearly 100,000 residents. Each year, tens of thousands of residents utilize the various activities and amenities offered by our Greece Community and Senior Center, and this number is ever increasing” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Greece Town Board Members and I regularly receive phone calls and messages from residents asking for expanded features and amenities in the Town of Greece. Our most recent recreation survey has been our guide in deciding which services are in most demand.  Many great improvements have already been made on the Greece Town Hall Campus – including the most recent Greece Public Library Children’s Center last year.  We are all excited to bring another option for expanded programs and activities to our residents by offering these wellness opportunities.  Thank you in advance for your patience while we undergo these exciting changes for your future enjoyment!”

Supervisor Bill Reilich is ordering all flags on Greece Town Hall properties to be lowered to Half Staff starting tomorrow morning to honor the passing of hometown hero and Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Beikirch.

Gary Beikirch’s entire life was dedicated to service. He was a devoted husband, father and a role model in our community.

As a town we have proudly flown the Medal of Honor Flag as Greece is his hometown. He is the namesake of our Veteran’s Memorial Wall and the grace he has shared with everyone who has crossed his path will not be forgotten.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family as our entire community mourns his passing.