We have had a handful of residents inquire why the town made a decision to tear down School #5. This is indeed not accurate. In fact, when the Planning Board became aware of the potential for this building to be demolished, they sent a letter to Greece Central late last year inquiring as to the status of their project and the fate of this historic building.
In addition to our correspondence to the Greece Central School District (GCSD) we are including the link to the "Talk of the Town" which was sent to every household in the Town of Greece in October of 2019 and has been posted on the Town of Greece website since that time (Volume 6, Issue 3): https://greeceny.gov/residents/talk-of-the-town-newsletter
This information is also posted below. We thought at this particular juncture that the residents would like to share in a bit of the history of the first school - Greece District No. 5 School (this information is also posted in the photo's below).
A 1929 fire of the one room Greece District No. 5 School caused significant damage and resulted in the construction of a new, four room brick building across the street that still stands today. Located at 1790 Latta Road, the new District School No. 5 was built in 1930 at a cost of $50,000. It included a gymnasium, auditorium and started with a student body of seventy five pupils. The cornerstone houses a time capsule that includes an April 30, 1930 Democrat & Chronicle, some old coins and a list of ceremonial attendees present at the laying of the cornerstone. By the mid 1950’s, the population boom in Greece required the building of a new, eleven room school on the southwest corner and the District School No. 5 building was used as an administrative building. Currently, it is occupied by the Greece Central Professional Learning Center.
This "page" can be seen below in addition to the letter that was sent on behalf of the Planning Board and the associated response that was received by the Planning Board from GCSD.
The Town of Greece will be opening its buildings on Monday, May 18, 2020 so our workforce can assist our residents by providing essential services.
At this time we are asking any residents that enter any of our buildings to wear a face covering. Any employee that works directly with a resident will have one on as well because the nature of the transactions at our service counters would not allow the 6-feet distancing that is required.
Some important information for our residents:
The Service Mall Entrance will open at 9:00 AM on Monday May 18th. All of our counters will be partially opened and staffed. We have put in place many protocols for the safety of our residents and our employees. Our buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each evening and at several points during the day. There are hand-sanitizing stations placed at all entry/exit doors throughout our entire campus and residents are encouraged to stop and hand sanitize upon entering or exiting our buildings.
Anyone that needs the assistance of the Receiver of Taxes, the Town Clerk or the Assessor will enter the Service Mall Entrance and immediately take a number and wait to be called forward. Chairs will be placed several feet apart in the waiting area. As is the case will all our interaction with the public at our service counters, everyone will be expected to wear a face covering, our employees at these service counters will as well. Please note in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, face coverings will be required when the 6-feet social distancing guideline cannot be achieved. We appreciate everyone adhering to this policy until it is determined that this protocol no longer needs to be in effect.
Our Town Clerk will begin scheduling marriage license appointments starting Monday, May 18th.
We were notified by the Monroe County Clerk that the mobile DMV service that used to travel to towns outside of Greece, and the remote passport services that were offered at Greece Town Hall each Thursday have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Please note we do NOT control these services nor did we have any input in the decision not to offer them.
Anyone that needs assistance at our building counter is asked to keep their 6- feet distance and follow any instructions given by our employees to keep order at the counter. We will monitor this counter and if necessary work on an appointment only basis for assistance if there is too much activity occurring at the counter. We are hopeful that people can be patient as we try to help our residents who are anxious to get moving on projects that require permitting.
We are asking for patience as we adjust to all of our new procedures.
We will not be opening the exterior doors of the Meeting Rooms nor will the meeting rooms be open for public use. We are monitoring guidelines on the number of people who can gather safely and we are not able to adequately monitor the use of these rooms by the public and their adherence to current suggested protocols. We will notify the public as soon as we are able to begin the process of allowing local Greece groups to once again reserve the spaces. If you have a room currently scheduled through the end of May please considered your meeting room reservation cancelled.
Our Court employees will all be reporting to work, however NYS has not given any authority for any trials to be scheduled at this time. We will, however, have staff available to answer calls, process payments received from our Drop Box or the US mail and answering email from 7:00 am on Monday, May 18th through 7:00 pm each day until such time that a court schedule is approved and at that point we will revert to our regularly scheduled hours.
Our Drop Boxes for the Town Court and the Receiver of Taxes remain open and available to our residents as always.
Our Library will also offer modified services. The Monroe County Library System (MCLS) has extended the due date on all currently checked out materials until June 29 and has suspended until further notice the delivery service that moves materials between libraries in the county. As a result, please continue to hold these items until such time that they clear us to accept returned items. Additionally, our Library is not able to offer public access desktop computing at this time. The Library is working with MCLS to restore public computer security and function as soon as possible.
We will be open to the public Monday and Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. We will also be open on Tuesday and Thursdays from Noon until 7:00 PM. On Wednesdays, our staff will be reporting but our building will be closed to the public. This will give staff an opportunity to work on programming and also to assist with cleaning protocols.
We will not be allowing unlimited time in our building there will be no gathering or any prolonged visits. We ask that you quickly browse through our collection materials, make your selections and then check out. Our preference is that anyone that is able would use the self-check stations but if they are backed up then of course our check out desk will be open and staffed. The self-check stations will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day and there will also be cleaning materials provided for use by the public. Initially we will not be allowing usage of the quiet study area or any of the work spaces that have become a favorite of our residents, this includes any and all seating areas, the Children’s Library play areas or any place in the building that would normally be used for a prolonged visit. Because we will be restricted to only the books that are currently in our building for distribution, we will be limiting residents to two checked-out materials per library cardholder. Again, because our counter interactions with residents do not allow for 6-feet of social distancing, face coverings will be required by residents and staff.
The Barnard Crossing Library Branch will be closed until further notice. We cannot staff a second branch with the current restrictions adequately and we will be moving as many of the current materials as possible over to the main branch to increase the availability of materials to be checked out. Thank you for your understanding as we try to put in place protocols to keep our residents and our staff safe while we transition into these opening procedures.
Our Parks and Recreation Staff have worked to provide limited services at our Community and Senior Center, in particular we are trying to reinstate our Senior Nutrition Program. We are hopeful this will be a welcome opportunity for our Senior population, many of whom have been isolated at home for several weeks.
Our initial plans are to have our Senior Nutrition Program offer Outdoor dining under the pavilion to be served on the following days:
Thursday May 21
Friday May 22,
Wednesday May 27
Thursday May 28
Friday May 29
We will also have meals available for pick up between 11:30 and noon on the above dates.
As is always the case, pre-ordering is required please call our front desk at 723-2425.
Also in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines we will begin to offer low activity, outdoor fitness classes. Current offerings below are available to Greece Residents who are registered members of our Community and Senior Center.
Starting Monday, May 18th at 9:00, Greece residents can call our front desk at 723-2425 to make reservations for the fitness classes, as spots will be limited.
Tuesday May 26th at 9:00 AM
Outdoor Yoga in the pavilion
Wednesday May 27th at 10 AM
Gentle Stretch and Strength in the pavilion
We will continue to assess the success and interest in these programs and we will share new programs as they are added. We are starting slowly so we can adequately assess our programs and our ability to keep our staff and residents safe.
Our building will be closed to the public outside of the times listed above, again, we will move to have more in house services added as we are able to do so.
The ability to rent out our Lodges and Pavilions has been and will continue to be monitored. We have tried to avoid canceling any reservations unless it becomes essential that we do so. We are keenly aware of the many events and celebrations that have been put on hold and we join you in a desire to have our facilities available for your celebrations.
While we have been closed to the public our Parks and Recreation Staff have been working remotely. Our Parks staff has been busy maintaining fields and performing required mowing and work in and around our Town parks.
You may have noticed that new playgrounds were installed at Beverly Pappas Park and Columbus Park. These projects were deemed essential due to scheduling and availability of the equipment and installation teams. We are thrilled that both will be ready for the warmer weather to be enjoyed.
Our Department of Public Works was 100% fully returned to work effective April 27th. They continue to perform essential services on behalf of our taxpayers while following all safety protocols. Our Road program work will begin shortly and residents will be notified of the schedules if their roads are included in the 2020 road program.
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board announce a "Fuel the Frontline" event in conjunction with a mask distribution event that will be launching this Saturday. The Town of Greece will be joining towns throughout Monroe County for a mask distribution effort.
The first mask distribution for Greece residents will take place this Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. We will be issuing masks for our residential households and will be distributing them from our DPW facility. A subsequent event will be planned for Wednesday, May 13th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. We have staggered the times to allow for both essential and non-essential working households to participate.
We are hopeful that while you or your neighbors are stopping by to pick up your masks that you might consider helping us help those who are on the front lines. Greece residents and sister-in- laws Melissa and Michelle Yeager started Fuel the Front Line when COVID-19 first started to be realized as a mounting concern. They have been collecting items and delivering them to local hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities as a way of saying “thank you” to those that are tirelessly taking care of people affected by the virus.
The target of this collection drive will be supporting frontline workers in Greece. Contributions will be taken to Hamilton Manor, Wegman Family Cottages at Park Ridge and the Latta Road Nursing home.
Items that are particularly needed include:
- Individually wrapped snacks (i.e. chips, nuts, protein bars, single serve cereals, fruit snacks, wrapped candy, gum, etc.)
- Cases of single-serve drinks (i.e. Gatorade, soda, iced tea, seltzer water, etc.)
- Cards and notes of thanks and encouragement – so you can get your kids involved as well.
"This is the perfect time to come together and support another great effort that has been put forth during this COVID crisis" said Supervisor Reilich. "Please consider helping out by dropping off any items you’d care to contribute while you visit us on Saturday to pick up your mask. Just put the items in a bag or box and place them either in your trunk or your back seat and we will have someone remove them from your car for you. I will keep you posted for further specifics of the distribution plan".
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich received a call from American Legion Post #468 Commander George Dadson, Jr. late last week. They discussed the Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony plans. As far back as anyone can remember, the Town has partnered with the Post to honor and pay respect for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while wearing the colors of our great nation.
In light of all that is happening in the world right now, fears of inadequate social distancing and gathering of large crowds coupled with the vast amount of planning that we typically begin several months out, Supervisor Reilich and Commander George Dadson, Jr. made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Memorial Day activities.
“As the son of a twice-wounded WWII vet myself, I know the importance of this day and the lifelong impact the loss of these fine men and women takes on a family and an entire community. We will reach out and pay tribute to these fine Americans, but not in the way we have for so many years. Please stay tuned as we will be bringing you a remote ceremony this year and we will share the details in the days to come. God Bless our men and women on our front lines. Thank you all for your understanding of this difficult decision the Commander and I have had to make” said Supervisor Reilich.
Supervisor Bill Reilich reached out in late March and offered to assist the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf in collecting food and supplies for our neighbors in need. At the time, they felt there was some uncertainty with regard to the length of the event and how we could safely interact with those wishing to give. Furthermore, there was concern that many people may not be able to help either financially or because they, too, were having a hard time finding supplies for their families. Yesterday, Supervisor Reilich reconnected with the Food Shelf and agreed this was the right time to partner with an event and help the families in need in our great Town.
Over the past 6 weeks the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf has seen quite an increase in requests for assistance - many from people who have not previously requested food. Since church services are canceled and organizations are not meeting, their usual food donations are down and their shelves are getting bare.
Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board will be hosting a Drive-In Drop-Off food collection on behalf of the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf. Please consider stopping by and helping your neighbors in need. The event will take place on Thursday, May 7th from 10 am to 2 pm, at One Vince Tofany Blvd, The Greece Town Hall.
This will be a no contact event and donors are asked to bring items in bags or boxes and drop them off at the designated area in the Town Hall Parking Lot. Supervisor Reilich and the Greece Town Board will join with staff and Food Shelf volunteers in collecting the donations. To help ensure everyone's safety, we are requesting that everyone wear a face-mask or covering and maintain at least a 6' distance. Financial donations are also being accepted so that perishable goods can be purchased. We will have envelopes available for these donations and we will be providing receipts for residents that need one as well.
The following items are in the highest demand: chunky soup, rice, cold cereal, canned tuna & chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta sauce and dry pasta, peanut butter, canned stew, chili, or pasta, instant mashed potatoes and shelf-stable milk. Regular size cans and packages (rather than large or family-size) are most needed.
“Thank you all for stepping up and helping out during these uncertain times” said Supervisor Reilich. “There are many people in our community that are depending on a helping hand. Please help us spread the word. I am always humbled to represent a community that comes together in times of challenge. Help us help those in need. I know we will prevail and once again stand strong and shoulder-to-shoulder as a community. Thank you all for your help”.
Greece Residents, I am happy to report that the former inmates that were listed as level 2 and level 3 sex offenders that were being housed at a Greece Hotel have been removed. As you are aware, I spoke out strongly about this issue and my dissatisfaction with the entire situation. I felt that with all the burdens our residents were facing relating to the COVID-19 pandemic we didn’t need one more concern.
I want to particularly thank each and every one of you who rallied with me and against this action. This shows that by speaking out and joining our voices together we can bring about change. And in this situation those who had the ability to make the change listened and for that I am grateful on behalf of all of our residents.
These former inmates were not residents of the Town of Greece, I was, however, made aware one of them was from Olean. Additionally, I have not been told where they have been relocated. I do know that the law requires notification of residency be made whenever those on the sex offender registry move to any given location. Once we were made aware of their original placement in Greece we sent out our notices. The receiving community will need to do the same to comply with the law.
I have always placed the safety and security of our residents as a top priority. I made a commitment to the residents that I would be their voice and I would take action every time there was a threat. Thank you all for your continued support.
We are all trying to navigate through these uncertain times. This generation has never faced a pandemic of this magnitude and there is great concern from everyone. As your Supervisor, I have been monitoring the conditions and restrictions brought forth by the COVID-19 virus. We have made adjustments in how we serve the public as there are many services that are deemed essential and we are providing them. These changes were made using guidelines that have been set forth, but first and foremost we are holding the safety of our residents and their families as our top priority.
I am outraged by the recent release of the 51 incarcerated individuals, 9 of who now reside in our town. They went from a prison cell, where they were serving their time as they were sentenced to living in a hotel, with more amenities than some of our families. They are not worried about running out of supplies, where their next meal will come from and of course the new (but part-time) social distancing. I would tend to believe that as we have all had to adjust limiting personal contact that the jails would adjust as well. And the answer isn’t “set them free”. In fact, I would think that perhaps minor adjustments in the amount of contact would be much easier with individuals in their cells. Limit time when the general population gathers and yes invoke what we all have to, strict social distancing.
We are all struggling, there is great uncertainty and yes we are all learning as we go how to get as much “normal” as we can while keeping in mind the safety of ourselves, our families and our neighbors.
This action was reckless; we now have 9 individuals who have been “dropped off” in our town. Three of them are sex offenders and the other 3 I am uncertain what their background is. But what I do understand is that while we are working to keep our residents safe, the job just got a bit more interesting. A simple press release from the Sheriff was the notification, I received no phone call, no information, but most importantly I was not given the opportunity to debate my feelings on the entire directive.
Greece residents did not deserve another burden on their minds, I did not need to divert time and attention away from doing all I can to lead and navigate through this virus and its effects on residents, businesses and the viability of our community. This was an unjust distraction and action that I do not support; it was simply the wrong decision. I am calling on Sheriff Baxter and all law enforcement agencies to join me in contacting the Governor and insisting he reverse this directive and remove these inmates from our towns and neighborhoods and return them to their jail cells.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by Greece Town Board Members Mike Barry, Josh Jensen, Bill Murphy, and Diana Christodaro for a ceremony recognizing the Greece Marching Band during the February 25, 2020 meeting of the Greece Town Board.
The Greece Marching Band is composed of students in grades 7 – 12 from the 4 Greece Middle and High Schools. The Greece Marching Band competed at the 46th Annual New York State Field Band Conference Championship in Syracuse, New York and finished in 2nd place in the state in the Large School 3 Division with a score of 83.55. They competed against over 50 high school marching bands from across the state and 3 out-of-state bands. Over the 14 hour long competition, each band was evaluated on their visual and musical performance. The Greece Marching Band has been competing for over 14 years and this score and placement is the highest ever in program history. Furthermore, the Greece Marching Band was undefeated through the regular season, placing 1st in all 8 competitions they competed in.
“Congratulations to Band Director Nicholas Coirazza and the members of the Greece Marching Band” said Supervisor Reilich. “The members of the Greece Marching Band are a dedicated group of individuals who practice countless hours. They participate in many community events – including the Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade. We congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments!”
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich and the members of the Greece Town Board passed a resolution during the Meeting of the Greece Town Board held Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Greece Town Board Agenda Item No. 5 reads:
Authorization for the Town’s Building Department to administratively collect reduced building permit fees for shoreline projects being performed under exigent circumstances, such as residential shoreline projects funded through the New York State Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.
The adoption of this item means that both the Flood Management Permit Fee and the Coastal Erosion Hazard Permit Fee would be reduced by 50%. The Flood Management Permit Fee will be reduced from $50 to $25. This affects any properties that border a floodplain and any resident having break wall work completed. The Coastal Erosion Permit Fee will be reduced from $200 to $100. This affects any resident living in the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (such as all properties along Lakeshore Boulevard).
“The Greece Town Board members and I were pleased to pass a resolution to reduce permit fees for our residents who have been affected by shoreline flooding. We understand the devastation that shoreline residents have faced due to recent flooding events. Passing this resolution is one of our many efforts to assist residents in maintaining, rebuilding, and enhancing protection structures” said Supervisor Bill Reilich.