Spiegel Pittsford Community Center: building is open 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday and during program hours evenings and weekends. Senior "Grab N Go" meals will continue every Wednesday and Friday; pickup is at the bus loop behind the Community Center. Registration for low-risk activities and virtual programs begins in advance of each session; see Program Info & Registration link at www.townofpittsford.org/home-recreation. Programs will continue to open as we receive further guidance.
Pittsford Community Library: the Library is now open for limited hours and services; enter from the parking lot entrance. Curbside pickup is available on Saturdays. The Library also has many online resources, programs and activities for all ages to enjoy. For current Library hours, services, resources, and other updates, visit the Library's update page at www.bit.ly/pclupdates. For virtual children’s programming, visit the Library’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PittsfordLibrary/. The Book Drop return area is open; please only deposit returned books, donations are not being accepted at this time. Regular due dates for all materials have resumed; check your receipt or your Library account for exact due dates. Curbside pickup of Library materials is available for all Monroe County Library System cardholders.
Town Hall: is open to residents by appointment only; in-person meetings will be limited and allowed only when absolutely necessary. Calls should be made to the department related to the inquiry. Town Hall remains staffed to handle business online and by mail, phone, email and the “drop slot” to the right of the front door of Town Hall.
All Town Playgrounds: residents may use Town playgrounds at their own risk, as it is not possible for the Town to keep equipment appropriately sanitized after every use. Those using Town playgrounds are expected to observe COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene protocols.
All Town Parks: Farm View Park and Hopkins Park are closed as of November, 2020 and will remain closed through the spring of 2021. All other Town parks remain open; all courts are open, all athletic fields are open to groups of 25 individuals or less, and all trails and walkways are accessible. Those using Town parks are expected to observe COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene protocols.
Thornell Farm Park: the park is open and per State requirements, all grass and turf sports fields are open to group activities of 25 individuals or less; the tennis courts, trails, walkways and the playground are open to residents. COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene protocols are required.
King's Bend Park Lodges: the lodges are open and per State and Federal governments all COVID-19 safety guidelines must be followed while at the lodges. Lodge capacities will adhere to New York State COVID-19 guidelines. Please note COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene protocols are required.
Mile Post School: is closed to the public until further notice, as this site is being used as a Public Works crew operation center.
Town Clerk: All services of the Town Clerk are available online, by mail, phone and email. If necessary, an appointment can be arranged. Contact at 248-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org, mail materials to Pittsford Town Clerk's Office, 11 South Main Street, Pittsford NY 14534. Services info at www.townofpittsford.org/home-clerk.
Town Court: Pittsford Town Court sessions are being scheduled on a limited basis. Town Court staff are available via phone and email Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm; call (585) 248-6238 or email at email@example.com. Visitors must follow appropriate health safety and social distancing requirements for Court appearances and Court Office visits.
Building Department: As of May 15, 2020 the Governor has begun the phased reopening of New York State. The Town of Pittsford and the surrounding Finger Lakes region have met the criteria set by the Governor to reopen. Construction is included in Phase 1 of the reopening plan. As construction moves forward, all COVID-19 safety guidelines set by the State and Federal governments must be followed while on the job site. To protect the community and limit the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Pittsford has altered accordingly its inspection and permitting procedures. See the Town of Pittsford COVID-19 Building Inspection Procedures for details; additional information can be found here: New York State Construction Guidelines. For more information contact Town of Pittsford Assistant Building Inspector Allen Reitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Town Building Department at 585-248-6265.
Town Public Works: Highway, Sewer and Parks Departments: All operations continue. Crews in these departments are following hygiene and social distancing protocols in light of the COVID-19 threat.
Monroe County Services at Town facilities: The County has suspended until further notice Passport Services at Town Hall and Mobile DMV service at Pittsford Town Court. Find updated information for Monroe County DMV here https://www2.monroecounty.gov/clerk-COVID-19.
We've been at it for a year.
A year ago today the Town of Pittsford’s COVID-19 shutdown plan took effect. Everywhere the pandemic has changed things for us all, right down to the details of daily life. Through it all, Pittsford's residents, our community organizations, our valued municipal partners – especially the School District and the Village – and our outstanding Town workforce, pulled together to carry on under unprecedented circumstances. As a community we’ve persevered. As individuals we've come to grips with the new reality and have held ourselves personally responsible to ourselves and to others, by wearing masks, staying at home in the early days and then keeping appropriate physical distance. As the pandemic progressed we've worked together to help our neighbors – delivering masks to those in need, holding food drives, coming up with creative and safe ways to recognize milestones, honor achievements, patronize local businesses and gather together to celebrate and encourage our hope for the future.
Here at Town Hall, we adapted Town services to accommodate the pandemic's' disruptions. Our Family Drive-in Movie Nights and Food Truck Wednesdays replaced some traditional Town events whose cancellation we couldn't avoid. Careful planning yielded safe ways to offer programs and events through our Library and Spiegel Community Center as well. As conditions allow, we’ll continue to expand access to facilities, programs, services and events.
Our partner, the Village government, adapted successfully as well. During a year in which businesses everywhere were closing daily, an unprecedented six new business opened up in Pittsford Village. Thank you, Mayor Corby, your Trustees and your staff.
And our matchless teachers and leaders in our Pittsford Central School District have accomplished the seemingly impossible on a nearly daily basis in keeping schooling going, and safely, throughout the past year. A brilliant example of perseverance and selfless public service in the face of seemingly overwhelming challenges.
With the arrival of vaccines, the situation now gradually changes. Restaurants and businesses can increase their capacity. The President spoke the other day about July 4 as a target for a national reopening, a much-needed, and most welcome, note of hope and optimism. More people are eligible for vaccination – and are getting vaccinated. It appears we're on the right path.
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we're still in the tunnel. Make no mistake about it. I cannot emphasize this strongly enough.
Especially as the weather warms it can be tempting to think we can forget about COVID precautions. We can't. Many folks, probably most at this point, remain unvaccinated. The potential for spreading COVID-19 to those not yet protected is still a real threat. Please remember this. Wear you mask when in proximity to others outside of your immediate family. Maintain a safe distance from others when in public. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. According to the CDC these basic precautions apply whether you've been vaccinated or not. Large public gatherings are still not permitted, according to State guidelines and CDC advice. When you go out for that walk on the Canal Path on a sunny afternoon, please remember that sunshine doesn't stop the virus, so please don't behave as if it does. I promise you, once it's safe to do things normally, my entire Town staff and I will be happy to celebrate with you!
For your reference, I’ve put together a timeline of the significant efforts and updates of the past year related to the Town’s COVID-19 response. You can see it below. This barely scratches the surface of all of the work and effort that the Town and all in the community have done in the past 12 months as we rose to the occasion, but it will give you a basic overview.
As we reflect on all we’ve accomplished together as a community since this day a year ago, we hold in our hearts and our thoughts all those who've succumbed to the virus and those whose lives have been forever changed by it.
Town of Pittsford COVID-19 Response and Updates to Date - Timeline 3/15/20-3/15/21:
The Town shared via its eNews and website links to County and CDC information regarding the outbreak of a new respiratory disease caused by the COVID-19 virus.
I attended the County’s COVID-19 briefing and received the latest advice on suggested precautions regarding the virus and its potential spread. Town senior staff and our Emergency Management Coordinator and I continued to monitor advice and information from County, State and Federal health agencies.
We held an Emergency Preparedness Meeting comprised of all Town Department Heads, the Town’s Emergency Management Coordinator, the Town’s head of Building Maintenance, Village Mayor Bob Corby and the Village Clerk. The group reviewed and discussed instructions to employees, and reviewed and finalized the Town’s COVID-19 Response Plan. We implemented the Plan’s provisions immediately and posted it on the Town’s COVID-19 response and information web page: www.townofpittsford.org/covid-19info.
Initiated large scale Emergency Services Coordination among the Town, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsford Fire Department, Pittsford Ambulance, Brighton Fire Department and East Rochester Department.
We sent our special edition eNews issue focusing on COVID-19 updates and information, the first of many sent.
Held my scheduled Supervisor Saturday Informational Open House at the Pittsford Community Library, following all recommended health protocols, in order to answer questions from the public and provide updates related to the pandemic.
Made the decision to close the Pittsford Community Library and the Spiegel Community Pittsford Center until further notice, effective immediately. Recreation Staff began check-ins with our Senior Center participants and began discussions about process and timing for making the County’s Senior Nutrition meals available. Announced that Town Hall remained open, with business conducted by mail, phone, email and drop-slot as well as by appointment if necessary.
Began promotion of Pittsford Food Cupboard services as available to all.
The Town Board voted to implement our Pandemic Time Bank. A special provision for Town employees, the Pandemic Time Bank allowed for staff sick with the virus, or confined because of exposure to it, or home to care for children because of school closures, to use paid time rather than depleting their sick time or vacation time.
At this point we began as well our campaign to support local bars and restaurants, providing a list, courtesy of the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce, of those open for takeaway and delivery.
In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s communication to municipal leaders, effective at the end of the day, the Town reduced its on-site workforce by more than the 50% reduction urged by the Governor. Some continue to work, from home.
The Highway Department, Parks Department, Sewer Department and Maintenance Department remained fully staffed and providing services; for preventive safety measures these staff teams were broken into small working groups, each headquartered in a separate building.
We urged residents to check on neighbors or friends who may be vulnerable in one way or another due to the pandemic and may need assistance.
Governor Cuomo banned all non-solitary outside activity, such as soccer, basketball games and other team sports and ordered the closing of all non-essential businesses across the state. We provided residents with a list of essential service categories. The Town followed the State's order to have 100% of employees deemed non-essential working from home. Highway, Sewer, Parks and Maintenance Departments continued with their work, with the crews working in consistent small units sited separately from each other. Road repairs, sidewalk construction, and leaf and yard debris collection continued. The Clerk’s Office at Town Hall continued maintaining regular hours.
The Town began coordinating with our Senior Center, the Pittsford Food Cupboard, Pittsford Youth Services, The Highlands at Pittsford, Cloverwood Senior Living, and Heather Heights of Pittsford to distribute hand sanitizer obtained from the State and to help in other ways.
The Town Assessor rescinded and canceled the 2020 property assessments in light of the pandemic’s impact on market conditions and other factors. All Pittsford assessments reverted to their status before the 2020 assessment update.
The Town encourages use of Town Trails as a healthy, safe and enjoyable option for physical distancing activities; links to online Town trail maps are provided.
The Town facilitated distribution of approximately 2,600 medical grade masks donated by the Chinese-American community in Pittsford. Together, Town staff and the group’s volunteers delivered masks to Pittsford senior living communities, the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Pittsford Food Cupboard and to first responders at the Pittsford Fire Department and Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance. The donation packages included writings and pictures from the group’s youngest members, expressing love and support for those in need of masks.
The Town began its donate blood campaign, sharing information about the need and importance of blood donations and encouraging the public to donate.
The Library begins offering some of its resources and programming online, creating a web page for accessing digital resources, and special pages with access to online programming and resources for Children & Families and Teens. Programs, activities and resources are expanded throughout the year.
Emergency Services Coordinator Kelly Cline organized and delivered to the Pittsford Food Cupboard hand sanitizer and, donated by Wegmans, reusable shopping bags. Both much-needed necessities.
The Pittsford Community Library, as part of ongoing efforts to offer virtual programming, created an online “Teen Space” – an opportunity to connect, participate in interactive activities, and access research tools.
St. John Fisher College offered residential accommodation to healthcare workers from Rochester Regional Health who are well, but who want to avoid going home between shifts because they have compromised people at home. The college made this housing available for up to 13 healthcare workers.
At the Town level, I suspended the Town’s restrictions on recreational vehicles in residential driveways to enable the doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers here in Pittsford who were bringing their RVs home to stay in them, as a way of keeping distance from their families.
Pittsford Recreation Department begins online seniors balance classes; offered three times a month, the classes are ongoing.
After being notified about group sports and public congregating taking place in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders, I redeployed a number of Town employees as Park Wardens to ensure physical distancing rules were being enforced in all of our Town parks.
On this day the Town Board held its first virtual meeting, thanks to the Town’s Director of Technology Joy Brown, who had been working diligently to research, set up and assure security for online public access to our Town Board meetings during this period when the Board must meet remotely.
The Town took advantage of reduced traffic and lower petroleum costs to begin accelerating and stepping up road and neighborhood street repair and repaving. We also developed a low-contact process for issuing Marriage licenses though our Clerk’s Office.
The Library launches its Adult Online Information Resources web page, a virtual reference desk offering materials recommendations, digital resources, and program information and activities.
In collaboration with Monroe County and the Pittsford Central School District, the Town distributed 34,000 surgical masks to Pittsford residents free of charge during a drive through event at Pittsford Mendon High School. The masks were made available by Monroe County; Town, School District and County staff and volunteers helped with the event.
In support of our small businesses, the Town provided 2,000 masks to the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce for redistribution to Pittsford businesses.
The Town distributed an additional 60,000 masks to residents at our second drive through mask distribution event, held a Mendon High School. To date the Town distributed altogether over 100,000 masks to community members. The event was a collaboration between the Town, Village, County and the Pittsford Chamber of Commerce.
On Memorial Day the Pittsford American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899 conducted a brief but heartfelt Remembrance Ceremony to honor those men and women of our military who gave their lives in service to our country; I was honored to pay my respects and participate in the service. The Post's traditional public Memorial Day Ceremony, along with the Town’s Memorial Day Parade, was canceled out of concern for the health of their members and that of the public, and in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic health and safety protocols. In a creative approach to a favorite tradition, the Legion held a virtual poppy sale throughout the month.
The Town moved to help local restaurants and bars reopen safely with outdoor seating by creating a simple and streamlined Temporary Outdoor Seating Application process.
Also on this day, the Library began offering curbside pickup of materials with pandemic physical distancing and mask protocols in place.
The Spiegel Pittsford Community Center begins offering the County’s weekly lunchtime Grab and Go Meals for Seniors on Wednesdays. Later in the season the program was expanded to Fridays as well.
The Governor allows outdoor seating at restaurants, with appropriate physical distancing and mask use.
Town and Village officials join Pittsford Central School district leaders in holding a “reverse parade” to honor our graduating seniors, lining Main Street with their photos and inspiring an outpouring of community support.
The Finger Lakes Region began Phase 3 of the NYS reopening plan, which allowed reduced-capacity indoor seating at restaurants and reopening of personal care services, such as nail salons and spas.
Pittsford Recreation Department offers a variety of virtual programs and adapted many in-person recreation programs to follow all COVID-19 health & safety guidelines. The first of several summer and fall Guided Hikes are also offered.
Phase 4 of the State’s COVID-19 reopening plan began, allowing (with appropriate physical distancing and mask use) public gatherings of up to 50 people, in-person religious services at 50% capacity, low-risk arts, entertainment and recreation venues at 33% capacity.
The result of careful planning and our Pittsford Recreation Department team’s flexibility, creativity and dedication to our residents, our Summer Camp program began, with use of appropriate physical distancing and mask use practices. The Community Center is open weekdays 8:00am – 4:00pm for programs and appointments.
The Pittsford Community Library reopened with limited hours (Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00am – 7:00pm and Fridays 10:00am – 6:00pm) and physical distancing and mask use requirements and began offering low-contact curbside pickup Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm, with requests available by phone or email.
The Pittsford Recreation Department offered its first of three free Drive-In Family Outdoor Movie Nights.
Pittsford Recreation Department’s “Food Truck Wednesdays” at Thornell Farm Park began, featuring a different food truck each week; the event continues through October 21.
The Pittsford Village Farmer’s Market opened for the season at the Spiegel Community Center with COVID-19 physical distancing and mask use in place.
The Pittsford Community Library expanded its hours, opening on Tuesdays from 10:00am – 7:00pm as well as on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am - 7:00pm and Fridays from 10:00am - 6:00pm.
Library hours expand to be open on Thursdays, from 10:00am - 7:00pm; the Library is now open every weekday and continues Saturday curbside pickup.
The Town marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and celebrated our history of supporting the women's suffrage movement with COVID-19 appropriate activities throughout the month, including self-guided walking tours, displays, an informational website and a socially distanced fireworks event.
Our Pittsford Recreation Department’s Summer Camp season was a success! Thanks to careful planning, inspired activities, and rigorous health safety practices, our staff gave nearly 200 campers an engaging, fun and safe summer camp experience.
Pittsford Recreation staff, understanding the needs of parents, worked hard to develop and launch an after school program that was engaging and safe for kids and families during the pandemic.
The Town resumed in-person Town Board meetings and included a new live-streaming camera broadcast, enabling the public to view the meeting in real time from a home computer via a smart phone, tablet or other device.
The Community Center's Child Watch program reopened to offer child care for families with children ages 2-5.
The Community Center continues to offer many virtual programs and on-site programs including the After School Program, Pittsford Ballet School, Debbie McVean Aerobics, Martial Arts and others.
Pittsford Recreation begins Pittsford Highlands Chorus online each Monday; the program continues. Community Center is open weekdays 8:00am – 5:00pm and during program hours evenings and weekends.
The Recreation Department began monthly socially distanced family Story Walks in the field behind the Community Center, which include a take-home craft.
The Library opens for Saturday hours, 10:00am – 3:00pm.
The Town shared information about the County’s Fast Forward Monroe Small Business Grant Program, which made $15 million in CARES Act funding available to help small businesses in our area that are struggling due to the COVID pandemic.
Pittsford polling locations were open for Election Day with physical distancing and sanitizing practices in place thanks to tireless efforts by Pittsford Town Clerk Linda Dillon in her work with the County elections team to ensure voting locations were safe and accessible.
Most of Monroe County, including Pittsford, was placed in a “Yellow Zone” by the Governor, which further limited public gatherings and restaurant operating guidelines, among other restrictions.
Due to COVID-19 considerations, the Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 did not hold their traditional public Veterans Day Ceremony, but instead held a brief ceremony honoring our veterans. In recognition and thanks, I released a video message honoring our Pittsford veterans.
Although facing revenue losses and increased costs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we passed a 2021 Town Budget that kept the tax rate flat while maintaining and improving Town services.
I participated in a call with Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello and County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza and lent my support in agreement with them to advocate with the State to keep schools open even if Monroe County gets classified as Orange Zone, as long as the positivity rate in our schools remains low.
We held our third free drive-through mask distribution event – and distributed more than 18,000 masks. Held again at Mendon High School, the event was a collaboration between the PTSA, the School District and the Village. In addition to the drive-through distribution, the Town also made arrangements to deliver masks to local senior residential communities and senior care facilities, to the Pittsford Food Cupboard and to individuals in need who could not attend the drive-through event.
After the previous day’s announcement by the State that parts of Monroe County would be designated Orange Zones, we learned today the precise locations and had our Geographic Information System analyst create a detailed map of the Orange Zone in Pittsford. The area includes all of Monroe Avenue west of French Road. Orange Zone designation further restricts public and residential gatherings and business capacities, limits bars and restaurants to outdoor, takeout or delivery only and mandates 11:00pm closure for on-premises consumption. The designation goes into effect at midnight.
To ease confusion regarding the State’s Orange Zone designation in parts of Pittsford, the Town provided updated State information links on the Town’s COVID-19 information page, in addition to the detailed Pittsford Orange Zone map we created.
I was pleased to participate in a socially distanced wreath laying ceremony held by the Women’s Club of Pittsford at the Veterans Monument – their annual Wreaths Across America ceremony. Joined by members of Pittsford’s Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899, the Women’s Club shared the mission of the Wreaths Across America organization: "To remember our fallen heroes, honor those who serve, and teach others about the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families." A most fitting way to keep our veterans, the fallen, and their families in our thoughts during the holiday season.
In the evening, we went back to having our Town Board meetings on Zoom due to increased COVID-19 cases, and therefore increased risk of spread, in the Monroe County area.
I signed I signed an Inter-municipal Agreement between the Town and Monroe County, for the Town to receive more than $84,000 in funding under the CARES Act provided by the County. These funds will help recoup some of the COVID-19 expenses the Town has incurred – expenses such as plexiglass, sanitizer stands and dispensers, work pods, personal protective equipment, additional laptops, technology protective upgrades, thermometers, signage, etc.
Changes in Orange Zone restrictions took affect today – gyms and salons in the Pittsford Orange zone, which includes all of the Monroe Avenue corridor west of French Road, will be allowed to reopen tomorrow at reduced capacity with employees getting tested weekly to bi-weekly. Salon workers will need a negative test result before returning to work. Employees may be tested for free at the County’s Rapid Testing centers. Details, including a link to the testing sites, were posted on the Town’s COVID-19 information page.
Our Pittsford Recreation Department announced a variety of online and in-person winter recreation programs.
The Pittsford Food Cupboard announces its Senior Citizens Food Delivery program, which will begin in January 2021. The program is underway and currently scheduled to continue through August 2021.
In light of increased activity during the holiday season, I joined with School Superintendent Mike Pero, School Board President Amy Thomas and Mayor Bob Corby to record a public service announcement reminding folks to wear a mask and to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. The video was shared in the eNews, via social media, and was posted online here: https://youtu.be/1saA8rOQpi0.
The Town Board voted to allow the Town Assessor to automatically renew for 2021 seniors and disability property tax exemptions for all those who had received such exemptions in 2020. That meant those with limited income who are seniors or who are disabled and who received a Town property tax partial exemption in 2020 would receive the exemption with no need to file again for 2021.
The Recreation Department began offering monthly take-home family craft activity boxes.
Elderberry Express resumes free transportation services for medical appointments and grocery store trips for Pittsford residents age 55 and older.
The State approved re-opening of limited indoor dining for all restaurants in Orange Zones.
Library hours expanded to be open on Saturdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
The State allowed some school sports to resume.
The Town launches its “Keeping Seniors Safe and Connected” initiative, providing information and resources for seniors via the Recreation Department program brochure mailing to all households and via a new Seniors Resources web page http://townofpittsford.org/seniors-resources-pittsford.
Town staff stepped up with generous donations for the Pittsford Rotary food drive. I was proud to drop off a car load (literally – full to the brim!) of food items donated by our staff and a $200 donation from our Highway Department team.
Elderberry Express offers Pittsford seniors age 55 and up free transportation to COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Community Center hours expand, open Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm, Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Library hours expand to Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-7:00pm, Friday 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm.
Again, my thanks to you, to all of our community organizations, to Mayor Bob Corby and his Village team, to School Superintendent Mike Pero and his team at the School District, and to our Town team. Working together has brought us this far and will see us to a successful end to this pandemic. In the meantime – keep your distance. Wear your mask. Stay safe. Be well.
Pittsford Town Supervisor
MORNING UPDATE: ORANGE ZONE
Tuesday, November 24
Go to https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home and type in your address. It brings up a map that shows whether you’re in the zone or outside of it.
In addition, the Town is making deliveries of masks to senior residential communities, senior care facilities and to the Pittsford Food Cupboard.
If you were unable to grab a mask on Saturday, we'd be more than happy to deliver some to you. Just send me an email at email@example.com with your address.
THE CURRENT SITUATION
Monday, November 23, 2020 4.35pm
It was great to see life back at our Spiegel Community Center this morning, with the start of summer camp programs for kids.
Pittsford’s Town parks, playgrounds, fields, its basketball and tennis courts are all open, subject to 6-foot distancing or wearing masks. Park restrooms are open as well. This week we’ll be installing touchless entry “toe kicks” to enter and exit the restrooms. We’ve begun taking reservations for the lodges at King’s Bend Park.
Pittsford’s restaurants, pubs and shops are opening up. If you’re committed, like I am, to doing our best to support our local businesses after the losses they’ve incurred during the lockdown, then please – please – wear your mask in accordance with each business’s rules. This includes Wegman’s, where non-compliance with face covering requirements is a growing problem, and any other business as well. It puts our business owners in a tough spot when people don’t comply. Most importantly, masks help prevent the spread of the virus.
You’re not helping a business if a COVID case is traced to it because you didn’t use a mask. It’s not helping business anywhere if the State has to backtrack on re-opening if incidence of the virus increases. Masks help prevent that from happening.
FOOD TRUCK WEDNESDAYS: The Town Recreation Department starts its "Food Truck Wednesdays" on July 8 at Thornell Farm Park. It will run through August 26, each Wednesday evening at the park from 5:00 - 8:00pm (or until menu items are sold out), featuring a different food truck each week.
The Pittsford Village Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Saturday, July 11, once more at the Spiegel Community Center. Pittsford is home to many different farmers’ markets, all now open for the season. Another great way to buy local.
My staff and I continue to plan events for this summer that everyone in the community can enjoy, despite restrictions imposed by the virus. Stay tuned!
Monroe County has not yet reopened Mobile DMV service at Pittsford Town Court, or Passport Services at Town Hall.
Phase 4 of the State’s COVID reopening plan began this past Friday. In general, all of the following are now permitted, provided that people maintain 6-foot distancing or wear masks:
Movie theaters, shopping malls and gyms remain closed.
As ever, my thanks to our Town staff and Department of Public Works crews who throughout the COVID crisis have continued their hard work on behalf of us all.
Please remember to wear your mask when you’re within 6 feet of someone outside your household. And enjoy the summer weather, Pittsford!
You should know that our ability to offer all of the listed programs depends on progress of the State’s phased re-opening of our region.
We welcomed the news, as we announced last week, that Summer Camp can go forward effective June 29th. My thanks to our recreation staff for all of the planning and organization that’s brought us to this point, and that makes summer camp possible again this year.
As a reminder, last week I authorized reopening the Town’s playgrounds. Please understand that the Town can’t possibly sanitize every piece of play equipment after each child. So please use your judgment when it comes to playgrounds and remember to maintain adequate physical distancing.
Parks and trails are open, too, though still with state-mandated restrictions on the use of fields for group sports. I hope you and your families can get out there to enjoy our wonderful, trails, parks -- and our recent beautiful weather!
We're waiting for NYS to give the green light for outdoor seating at restaurants but we're not waiting to take action to help our restaurants prepare in advance. Going down an irresponsible path of encouraging reopening in defiance of the State's position would only put Pittsford businesses at risk. At risk of fines by the State, loss of liquor licenses or other state licenses, and other harm.
The other day residents of one of our neighborhoods approached with me a concern. They worried about news that a food truck might be doing business in their neighborhood. Understandably they thought this could attract people in groups, presenting a risk to health and safety in our current dilemma.
So far, no food truck business has applied to the Town to operate here.
If it does, the Town won't permit it. This won't surprise you who have followed my recent reports about our efforts to keep people safe; to comply with the Governor's Executive Order about people congregating in groups during the pandemic.
A food truck in a residential neighborhood, or anywhere else in Town, would require what's known as a "Temporary Activities Permit." The Town issues these permits for things like estate sales and similar events.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown we've issued no Temporary Activities Permits. Because these Permits are issued precisely for the kind of events that attract groups of people.
I'd love it if a food truck showed up in my neighborhood. What a way to bring people together in the spirit of community and neighborhood!
Therein lies the problem. We can't bring groups of people together right now. Online, yes. Geographically, no. Let's do it when things return to normal. But not just now.
Please support our Pittsford businesses that offer goods and services consistent with COVID-19 protocols. Many Pittsford restaurants deliver and offer curbside pickup. The Pittsford Chamber of Commerce lists them.
The civilian population of the United States hasn't faced an emergency affecting us like this since World War II.
We shal prevail.
Wash your hands.
My grandfather was an Air Raid Warden during World War II. His job was to enforce the “blackout” rules that kept cities dark so enemy pilots couldn’t find their targets or navigate easily.
Right now we’re fighting another war, against an invisible enemy.
So what do you do when you’re the Town Supervisor and there are still some people negligent and reckless enough to ignore social distancing rules in a pandemic, by playing group sports in the Town’s parks? Or otherwise congregating in open violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders?
Effective today I’ve redeployed a number of Town employees as Park Wardens. They’re making the rounds to enforce social distancing rules in all of our parks.
These include employees whom we continue to pay even though they’re at home and Parks Department staff. The Park Wardens will comply with all COVID-19 social distancing protocols in disbursing groups. If a group won’t disburse the Wardens will call the Sheriff.
By enforcing social distancing we protect not just the scofflaws, but all of the people they may infect.
Wash your hands.
One of the most important steps each of us can take to support and protect our nurses, doctors and other people working to care for us is to observe the basic COVID-19 protocols: STAY HOME and maintain social distancing. We owe them this much at least.
Today St. John Fisher College advised me that it has offered residential accommodation to healthcare workers from Rochester Regional Health who are well, but who want to avoid going home between shifts because they have compromised people at home. The college is making this housing available for up to 13 healthcare workers.
Thank you, St. John Fisher President Gerry Rooney, your trustees and staff, from a grateful community.
At the Town level, today I suspended the Town’s restrictions on recreational vehicles in residential driveways. There are doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers here in Pittsford who are bringing their RVs home to stay in them, as a way of keeping distance from their families. That’s enough of a sacrifice already, on top of the other sacrifices they’re making for all of us. We don’t need to give them a hard time about parking their RVs.
Wash your hands.
If you don't have to go out to work in an essential function, stay home. Stay home except to get essential items like food or medicine. Make those trips as few and as short as possible. Make a list in advance. Wipe down the shopping cart, touch screens and touch pads before and after use. Use the self-checkout lane when you can.
Stay home except for volunteer work where you follow the social distancing standards.
Stay home except for necessary outdoor exercise, for you and your pets. Keep your distance. No group sports. No group gatherings.
Town playgrounds are closed. Thornell Farm Park is closed. Town trails remain open. Keep your 6 foot distance from others when you walk on the trails.
Even after closing Thornell, Town staff have had to disperse people playing group sports there and elsewhere. They've had to replace barriers around the playgrounds that people have pulled down. Folks -- what more can I say?
As one state governor put it the other day: We're not being graded on a curve for social distancing. We won't get an A or a B or whatever. This is Pass-Fail. Fail means you can die. Or a loved one can. Or someone can whom you've never met, who otherwise would have lived.
“If you’re going to practice intense social distancing, it really means avoiding or limiting contact with people outside of your family, and really staying home most of the time, unless you really need to go out,” says Dr. Maria Ciminelli, president of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. “But any prolonged kind of engagement outside is really still not social distancing, having that prolonged contact with people that are not in your family."
By Friday my Department Heads and I had reduced on-site staffing of Town personnel even further than it stood after we complied with the Governor's orders on staffing. Every trip out of the house increases the risk of getting COVID-19 or spreading it.
You can conduct business with the Town Clerk's office by phone and by email. Taxes may be paid by mail and by delivery through the drop slot to the immediate right of the front door of Town Hall.
Our highway, sewer, parks and maintenance crews are at work on your behalf. We've divided each operational department into discrete "cells" of people who already had been working in proximity with one another. Each has its own separate Town building as its headquarters; each operates in accordance with all COVID-19 protocols.
You can reach me seven days a week by phone or email. 248-6220; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wash your hands.
Here’s what "social distancing" means: it means staying at least 6 feet away from anybody else.
It doesn’t mean “unless you’re playing soccer.” It doesn’t mean there are exempt areas where this standard doesn’t apply. Like parks, for example.
Therefore, here’s what groups of people playing soccer all weekend long in Thornell Farm Park means: Thornell Farm Park is now closed, effective immediately.
The Governor’s recent Executive Order states as follows: “All non-solitary outside activity, like outdoor basketball games and other team sports, is banned.”
Trails through Thornell Farm Park remain accessible.
If prohibited activity transfers to the other Town Parks, they will be closed as well.
Our parks are open, but playgrounds in Pittsford are closed. There's no possible way to sanitize every swing, slide and every other piece of playground equipment after every use. The only responsible choice is to close. Town crews will be replacing any current signage at playgrounds that suggests they may be used, and will take other measures as well. But, sign or no sign, Town playgrounds in Pittsford are now closed.
Keeping our distance is critical to saving lives by slowing the spread of the virus and reducing the strain on our health system. Pittsford has an extensive system of trails and sidewalks for recreation and exercise – ideally suited for the demands of the moment.
The Governor also ordered the closing of all non-essential businesses across the state. Essential services remain open. These include:
• grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
• convenience stores
• farmer’s markets
• gas stations
• restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
• hardware and building material stores
• trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
• mail and shipping services
• laundromats/dry cleaning
• building cleaning and maintenance
• child care services
• auto repair
• warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
• funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
• storage for essential businesses
• animal shelters or animal care or management
The Town is fully compliant with the order to have 100% of employees deemed non-essential working from home.
Highway, Sewer, Parks and Maintenance Departments continue with their work. We’ve broken up the crews into small units that are sited separately from each other. These units consist of people who had been working together already. Smaller units mitigate risk of contagion among employees. Until further notice, road repairs proceed, sidewalk construction continues and leaf and yard debris collection continues. Soon you’ll receive the Town’s annual mailing showing the pickup schedule for 2020.
We’re prepared to handle problems caused by high winds tonight.
The Town Clerk’s office is maintaining regular hours. You can pay taxes by mail or by using the drop slot immediately to the right of the front door of Town Hall. You can conduct all other business with the Clerk’s office by phone. The number is 248-6210.
We’re working with our Senior Center, the Pittsford Food Cupboard, Pittsford Youth Services, The Highlands, Cloverwood and Heather Heights to distribute hand sanitizer obtained from the State and to help in other ways.
If you have a friend or neighbor who’s vulnerable in one way or another or who you think might benefit from some help, please call them to see what you can do. What we’re hearing at Town Hall about neighbors helping neighbors speaks highly of the kind of town we are.
The advice and direction we’ve been receiving from Governor Cuomo and County Executive Bello and their staffs have been exemplary. A tremendous help to us all. I thank them both.
Wash your hands.
To date it has not been necessary to reduce staff in the operational departments of our Department of Public Works. The Highway Department, Parks Department, Sewer Department and Maintenance Department are fully staffed and are providing the services you expect from them. You should know that we have put measures into place to protect these employees as much as possible from risk of contagion. We’ve broken them up into small working groups and each group has its own headquarters in a separate building from the others.
For Town staff who now won't be reporting to work as usual, we’ve taken pains to adopt policies to mitigate the burden on their lives to the extent possible.
You know as well as I do that the situation changes every day, and rapidly. I'll keep you updated.
For now, stay well. Stay home.
If you have neighbors or friends who are vulnerable in one way or another or who you think may need a bit of help in this situation, please give them a call to see what you can do. But I know I don't need to tell you this. It's the Pittsford way.
COVID 19 UPDATE: - TOWN HALL CLOSED TO PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Town Hall will be open to Pittsford residents who wish to attend the Town Board meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, at 6:00pm.
Town Clerk’s Office:
All services of the Town Clerk are available online, by mail, phone and email. If necessary, an appointment can be arranged. You’ll find information on the Town Clerk’s web page at www.townofpittsford.org/home-clerk. You may contact the Town Clerk’s office by phone at 248-6214 and by email at email@example.com.
If you require an exterior building inspection or a permit for new construction, you can arrange either by appointment; call the Building Department at 248-6250. Interior inspections and permits for occupied homes are suspended until further notice.
Public Works – Highway, Sewer and Parks Departments:
All operations of the Highway Department, the Sewer Department and the Parks Department continue as before. Crews in these departments are following new protocols in light of the COVID-19 threat. You will shortly receive our annual mailer about yard debris and leaf collection.
By order of the Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York, Town Court will be closed until further notice, effective from 5:00pm today, Monday, March 16. By order of the Chief Judge, neither judges nor staff may report to work after today.
Library and Community Center:
As a reminder, the Pittsford Community Library and the Spiegel Community Center are closed until further notice.
Monroe County Services:
As a further reminder, the County has suspended until further notice Mobile DMV service at Pittsford Town Court and Passport Services at Town Hall. We’re a strong community. We’re all pulling together to get past the current situation. If I can be of help, please phone me at 248-6220 or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can all do our part. The most important thing for you to do is to just stay home.
I want to give you all a status report on the Town’s efforts in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. First, you should know that as we proceed, we’re erring on the side of caution. Based on the information available, the crisis is real. It’s spreading in the U.S. and in New York. As a result, we’re reviewing plans continually. As the situation changes, we’re poised and ready to adapt plans and procedures accordingly.
Since early this week, various members of my senior staff, our Emergency Management Coordinator and I have been conferring as we’ve monitored advice and information on COVID-19 from County, State and Federal health agencies as more has become available. This morning we held an Emergency Preparedness meeting with all Town Department Heads, the Emergency Management Coordinator, the Head of Building Maintenance, Village Mayor Bob Corby and the Village Clerk. The purpose was to review and discuss instructions to employees, and to review and discuss the draft response plans for coping with the COVID-19 threat and preparing for it.
Working together we can minimize risk for everyone. Wishing good health to you all.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Town of Pittsford Response Outline - click link for the PDF document or scroll below for text
You can find information on COVID-19 coronavirus at the County Health Department’s website: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-index.php.
Additional information about business closure requirements throughout Monroe County can be found on the County's Website: www.monroecounty.gov
The CDC also has information on its website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-stop-fear.html.
In addition, the CDC has information relevant to anyone planning to travel outside of the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM20785.
As of March 12, 2020
1) All Town Facilities
General staff guidelines
a) Regular handwashing
b) Use of hand sanitizer
c) Use of sanitary gloves
d) Refrain from touching face, eyes and mouth
e) Refrain from sharing work area and/or phones
f) Practice good respiratory etiquette
The steps outlined above do not include all of the steps the Town is taking. As we receive additional information from the Monroe County Department of Health, the State and the CDC, we will revise and augment this plan accordingly.