Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and members of the Town of Greece Youth Board are pleased to announce the official kick off the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship. Jerry Helfer was a man of exceptional character and virtue who always exhibited kindness to anyone he encountered. Throughout his life, Jerry dedicated his time and talents to making our community a better place. One of Jerry’s first positons in public service was being a member of the Greece Youth Board. Additionally, Jerry served as Town Councilman from 2004 until 2013 and as Deputy Supervisor from January 2014 until his untimely passing in July of the same year.
“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker, and friend,” said Supervisor Reilich. “It is an honor for me to announce this scholarship in memory of Jerry. His respect for public service and his love for learning are the foundations of this scholarship. Jerry loved his community and we want to be able to engage our youth to enable their participation in local government and community service. This will be our third year awarding this scholarship to a student from the Greece community who shares the same values of community service as Jerry did. I encourage all seniors in high school to apply for this scholarship and continue on Jerry’s lifelong legacy of public service and learning”.
The Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship provides the Greece community with the opportunity to recognize a student that regularly upholds exemplary moral values, devotes time and energy into helping serve the Greece community, and consistently displays outstanding leadership skills.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich revealed the schedule for the Town of Greece Summer Concerts at the Hall. Please see below for the concert schedule.
June 10 – Elvis (2pm)
July 4 – Josie Waverly (6PM) & Orleans (8PM)
In conjunction with the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
August 12 – Beatle Magic (2pm)
We invite the community to join us for these family friendly events which are offered at no charge. Stay tuned for additional details.
In an effort to limit potential floodwater damages, Supervisor Bill Reilich has commissioned the installation of shut-off valves, new piping, and a new berm structure in critical locations where the surging waters caused the greatest impact throughout last year’s flooding events.
During the severe flooding event that occurred over several months last year, the high lake and pond levels caused water to surge back up storm pipes and caused flooding along our shoreline roads. At the peak of this flooding, Town DPW staff deployed and maintained, around the clock, approximately 41 pumps ranging from 4” to 8” in an effort to keep flood waters from making our roads impassable. Basically, pump hoses were placed in the storm sewer at the storm grates, which threw the surging waters back into the ponds and the lake. However, these many pumps needed to be maintained and fueled so they could operate 24 hours/day. Knowing that water front residents may experience similar conditions this year, Supervisor Reilich started exploring a better and more efficient way to assist with managing the effects of the surges of water. Through much research it was determined that installing shut-off valves and new piping would ease the stress of operating and fueling pumps 24 hours a day.
Once the shut off valves are installed, and if we experience high lake and pond waters again this year, DPW crews can close these valves, which will greatly reduce the need for pumps and help to keep our roads clear of flood waters and safe for residents. Town engineers and Town staff identified critical locations, designed plans, and are currently working alongside a contractor to oversee the installation.
There are currently 11 locations which are the responsibility of the Town of Greece and where shut off valves are being installed, ranging in size from 8” to 30”. Installation of the first few pumps is already underway on Old Edgemere Drive between Wake Drive and Goodwin Park, where the channel connecting Long Pond empties into Lake Ontario. The valve systems are being installed below ground, which eliminates the possibility of an above ground structure being struck and damaged. This design was also chosen so that residents wouldn’t have mechanical structures on or near their properties.
Town engineers are also completing plans to construct a raised berm structure by Edgemere Drive and the Kodak Pump Station, along Round Pond. During the flooding events last year, high waters in Round Pond caused it to overflow, flooding the residential properties and this section of Edgemere Drive. This was an area that saw the most severe flooding which caused Edgemere Drive to be completely closed for an extended period of time. During that time, DPW and National Guard troops constructed a temporary block and sandbag wall to hold back the high waters of Round Pond. However, Supervisor Reilich recognized the need for a permanent structure and gave instructions for a new berm to be installed as a barrier to protect residents and ensure the road is safe for travel.
“I will continue my efforts to employ preventive measures to help ensure water front residents are not exposed to the devastating damages that occurred last year and to do all we can to limit damages in the event of a repeat of last year’s rising waters” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am hopeful that by installing the new berm, along with the installation of shut-off valves and new piping, that damages will be significantly limited by potential floodwaters. In addition to these projects, I have also established plans once again for sandbags to be filled and provided to residents in need and for pumps to be deployed. I will continue taking measures to protect residents in the event that we experience high water levels again this year. I continue to reach out to agencies throughout New York State and I am also making certain the IJC is engaged and alerted to the already high levels” Reilich said.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce the 5th annual Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Since his first year as Greece Town Supervisor, Bill Reilich has focused on bringing family-oriented community events to the Town of Greece. The Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration has become a beloved event – from the Freedom Run 5k in the morning to the spectacular fireworks display in the evening. The event, which is free and open to the public, also features a Super Hero Sprint for kids, children’s activities, food trucks, and performances by well-known music artists.
For the first Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Supervisor Reilich brought the wildly-popular band Orleans to Greece for a show. Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that in honor of the celebration’s 5th year, Orleans will be returning and introduced as the main performance! This unique pop/rock band has been entertaining fans since 1972.
Opening for Orleans will be a music artist well-known in the Rochester area: Josie Waverly. Josie Waverly has performed all over the United States as a headliner as well as an opening act for many of Nashville’s leading entertainers. Heavily involved in the Greater Rochester community, Josie has been named “Hilton’s Citizen of the Year”, was featured in the Rochester Women Magazine, established the late “Josie’s Country Jukebox” in Spencerport, and much more!
“The Town of Greece Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebrations draws thousands every year” said Supervisor Reilich. “From the 5k in the morning to the fireworks display at night, the day is filled with fun activities for people of all ages. In recognition of the 5th annual celebration, I am excited to bring back Orleans, who performed for us the first year we held the event. Opening for Orleans is someone known well in the Rochester area: Josie Waverly. We are already in the planning stages for this year’s celebration, and are always happy to offer these fun and popular events to residents!”
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased to announce that the Town of Greece, through participation in the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS) Program, has achieved a class rating of 6, which will result in additional savings for taxpayers. Our participation as a Class 6 CRS Community will provide Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a twenty percent discount on their flood insurance policies. Benefits also include improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery. This reduction is significant as flood insurance rates have risen dramatically due to federal laws aimed at making the program self-funding and the elimination of subsidies.
The National Flood Insurance Community Rating System Program is a voluntary incentive program managed by the insurance industry and recognized by FEMA. CRS recognizes communities for enforcing floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements. There are many benefits to participating in CRS, such as improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery. CRS credit points are earned for a wide range of floodplain management activities, which are organized under four categories: (1) Public Information Activities, (2) Mapping and Regulations, (3) Flood Damage Reduction Activities, and (4) Warning and Response.
Effective May 1, 2018, the Town of Greece will become the highest rated CRS community in New York State. Greece is among only 34 communities that have taken on the effort and responsibility of becoming a CRS community within New York. In a letter sent from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, it was written that the Town of Greece has always been a leader for the CRS program, serving as a valuable example and resource for other communities interested in improving their CRS rating.
In 2014, Supervisor Bill Reilich’s participation in the CRS program provided Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a 10% discount on their flood insurance policies due to the Class 8 rating held by the Town of Greece. As a result of Supervisor Reilich’s direction, policies and continued efforts, the Town of Greece was officially acknowledged at the 2017 annual meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association for advancing the Town’s status in the Community Rating System to Class 7. Supervisor Reilich continued to invest in efforts aligning with flood insurance policies, resulting in the Town of Greece receiving a class 6 rating, which will be effective May 1st, 2018. This makes the Town of Greece the only Class 6 municipality in New York State, meaning the Town holds the highest rating for its efforts to protect its citizens from losses caused by flooding and notes that the Town has significantly exceeded the requirements for NFIP participation and effective floodplain management.
“Since first taking office, saving taxpayer dollars has been my top priority” said Supervisor Reilich. “I am continuously searching for opportunities and programs to save residents money. I am pleased to announce that effective May 1st, 2018, Town of Greece citizens who currently have flood insurance will receive a 20% reduction on their National Flood Insurance rates. As a result of the efforts the Greece Town Board and I have put into participating in the CRS, our community is in an improved position to address the increasing frequency of flood events. We take pride in being leaders in floodplain management and an excellent example to other communities”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich is pleased that Addison Precision Manufacturing will be breaking ground this Spring in their new facility in the Town of Greece. Currently located on Avis Street in the City of Rochester, they have grown too large for their current facility and will be building and moving into a new facility on Gates-Greece Town Line Road. This new facility will begin with 84,000 square feet, with the ability to expand if needed. The site is on land owned by Munipro, Inc., a public benefit corporation of the Town of Greece.
Addison Precision Manufacturing will be building a state-of-the-art facility that specializes in high-precision machine components. They deploy the latest technologies to meet the highest standards of any industry requiring precision machined components, including customers in the aerospace, aircraft, medical and precision manufacturing industries. For additional information, their website is http://addisonprec.com/.
Addison Precision Manufacturing not only specializes in quality products, they also have a reputation for fiscal responsibility and treating their employees well. In fact, just last week they presented each of their full-time employees with a $1,000 bonus and presented each of the college co-op and part-time employees with a $500 bonus. This was made possible by the money their company saved through the President’s new tax plan. One of the employees used the bonus to buy an outdoor shed to store some items that were taking valuable space in his garage. Another employee put the bonus money towards a down payment on a wedding dress. Addison Precision Manufacturing said in a statement about the money saved through the new tax plan, “It is real money that affects real people and supports us all on the local level.”
“I am very pleased that Addison Precision Manufacturing is choosing to move to Greece” said Supervisor Reilich. “The Town of Greece is so fortunate to have such a generous company setting up shop in our community. Their financial generosity has been most recently reflected in the way they chose to use the money their company saved through the President’s new tax plan. They were able to give each of their employee’s significant bonuses, and have already witnessed how this money is being put back into the local economy. I am incredibly proud that Addison Precision Manufacturing chose to expand in Greece, and wish them great success in their new location!”
Supervisor Reilich has announced that the 2015-2017 General Crime Statistics Comparison Analysis Chart is now available. Three common categories of crime were analyzed: burglaries, robberies, and vehicle larcenies. Data was extracted from monthly reports going back to 2015, and the chart shows decreases in all 3 of these categories. There has been a 35 percent decrease in reported burglaries, a 15 percent decrease in reported robberies, and a 48 percent decrease in reported vehicle larcenies.
“I want to extend my sincere appreciation and support to our Greece Police Department for continuing to keep our crime rates low” said Supervisor Reilich. “Public safety is a top priority in the Town of Greece, and I am so proud of our Greece Police Department as we continue to see decreases in burglaries, robberies, and car larcenies. On behalf of all of our residents, we extend our gratitude to all of the Greece Police Officers who work tirelessly to keep our Town safe”.
Supervisor Bill Reilich coordinated a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling the new Creation Station at the Greece Public Library Main Branch, located at 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard in Greece. Present at the ceremony were Deputy Supervisor Michelle Marini, Senator Joe Robach, Assemblyman Peter Lawrence, Greece Councilmembers Diana Christodaro, Bill Murphy, Josh Jensen, and Mike Barry, County Legislator Brian Marianetti and members of the Library Board; President Kevin Nasca, Eugene Welch, Jamie Slocum and Anthony Weschler. Library Director Cassie Guthrie and Deputy Director and Town Historian, Keith Suhr, were also on hand along with several members of our library staff for the ceremony.
Located directly behind the Information Desk, the Creation Station will be used for a variety of maker opportunities such as 3D printing, which will allow users to create tangible objects from a computer file. The space will also include 10 Cricut machines, which is a wireless design and cut system that allows users to create a variety of objects from paper, vinyl, poster board, fabric, and more. The Creation Station was made possible by a state grant secured by Senator Joe Robach.
Library patrons (16 and over) are required to complete an orientation session and user agreement with a library staff member prior to utilizing the 3D printing service. Patrons can bring their own design on a portable drive or use the designs offered by the library. Please call the Greece Public Library at 225-8951 or visit their website at www.greecepubliclibrary.org to register for a scheduled orientation class.
“Offering lifelong learning opportunities was identified as one of the top priorities in the library’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan” said Supervisor Reilich. “The goal is for library visitors to have access to services and materials to explore topics of personal interest and to continue learning throughout their lives. I am pleased to highlight this new addition to our Greece Public Library Main Branch. I want to thank Senator Joe Robach for securing the funding and always being such a great partner in working with the Town to bring new innovations to our residents.”
Supervisor Bill Reilich and Greece Receiver of Taxes Andrew Conlon are pleased to announce that they will be extending business hours for tax collection purposes on Monday, February 12, 2018. Since the last day to pay Town, County and Fire taxes without any interest charges is February 10, 2018, which falls on a Saturday (a non-business day), an extension is authorized or required to be granted to the next business day. Our usual hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm, but because we anticipate there may be a heavier volume of residents coming in we will be offering extended hours. Therefore, the Greece Town Hall Tax Receiver’s Office will be open from 7:30am – 7:00 pm on Monday, February 12, 2018 to assist our residences. Additionally, the post mark date for those residents choosing to mail in their tax payment is also February 12, 2018.
“We are happy to extend our regular business hours in an effort to assist our residents in making their tax payments ahead of this latest deadline. After February 12th, a 1.5% interest charge will be assessed (required by State Tax Law) for any full or partial payment that is received for 2018 taxes” said Supervisor Reilich and Andrew Conlon. “Customer service is always a top priority and we are pleased to be able to offer these extended hours”.
The complete payment schedule is as follows:
January 1 – February 10 (2/12) No Interest Due
February 11 –28 1.5% interest
March 1 – 31 3% Interest
April 1 – 30 4.5% Interest
May 1 – 5 6% Interest
May 6 – 31 6% Interest, plus $2.00 notice Fee
June 1 – 30 7.5% Interest, Plus $2.00 notice Fee
July 1 – 31 9% Interest, plus $2.00 notice Fee
August 1 – 20 10.5% Interest, plus $2.00 notice Fee, plus
Advertising charge (per County Treasury)
After August 20 Amount Due will be calculated by the County Treasury
Supervisor Reilich is pleased to announce that the 2017 Year End STOP-DWI Arrest Report has shown that our Greece Police Department continues to perform an exceptional job in their efforts to curtail DWI. In 2017 the report shows an overall 20% increase in DWI arrests, the highest in any municipal department. According to the Monroe County STOP-DWI: DWI/DWAI Arrest Report Year-End 2017, the Greece Police Department made 358 DWI/DWAI arrests in 2017. This is up from 278 arrests made in 2016. Throughout Monroe County, total DWI/DWAI arrests made for 2017 is 2,510.
“I am incredibly proud of our Greece Police Department and the dedicated job they perform in keeping our Town safe” said Supervisor Reilich. “Their constant vigilance makes a significant impact on our community – which is clearly expressed in how many DWI/DWAI arrests have been made by our officers this year. I certainly hope that those choosing to drink and drive will realize that here in the Town of Greece, we are very serious about doing all we can to hold these individuals accountable. On behalf of all of our residents, we extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Greece Police Department for striving every day to make our Town a safe place to live”.