One hundred and twelve business professionals and local community members recently attended the annual Fairport-Perinton Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Town, Village and Schools.
The event opened with an hour of networking, and attendees enjoy lunch at the Burgundy Basin Inn while listening to the presentations. Hosted speakers reinforced the bond of community, earning wealth, health and enjoyment from working together.
Brett Provenzano, superintendent of the Fairport Central School District, sparked the beginning of the chamber’s annual public presentations with the goals of this current school year.
The chamber aims to create a timely budget process reflecting district goals and values; develop a plan to adjust start times to align with research, fiscal resources and scheduling constraints; create and sustain curriculum that is research-based, developmentally appropriate and student-centered; and connect each student with equal access and opportunity within the school environment.
The school district spring-board off of past successes includes graduating 97 percent of students, 64 percent being awarded regents diplomas with advanced designation; exceeding New York state and national Scholastic Assessment Test averages; 87 percent of Advanced Placement exam-taking students earning scores of three or higher; 90 percent of seniors going to 95 different colleges; five students named 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition semifinalists; and named top high school in New York by Newsweek. Work has begun on a districtwide space utilization study, five-year building condition survey, transportation capital project and additional capital improvements.
The town of Perinton was represented by speaker Mike Barker, Perinton town supervisor. Barker spoke of growth-to-come on 1285 Fairport Road led by the ESL Federal Credit Union and Hamilton Place on Hamilton and High Street Extension, where 16 two-family units and one detached single-family structure will be built. The past year, the town enjoyed Wegmans’ growth; Aldi’s presence; and development continuing at Whitney Town Center, Creekstone, Hickory Woods, Stonebrook, The Glen at Perinton Hills, The Woodlands at Stonebrook, Basin View, Janders Run, Magnolia Manor and Summit at Woodcliff.
Work has begun on the parks, open space and trails master plan. Two basketball courts and one pickleball court have been added at Potter Park in honor of Joe Cummings. Kreag Road Park has a picnic shelter, and Fellows Center Park and Perinton Park buildings have renovated restrooms and kitchens. District rezoning on the Fairport Road corridor and Whitney Road West is anticipated. Also, improvements will take place this year on 90 miles of roadway; one-mile of asphalt sidewalk being replaced with concrete; Perinton Park improvements for pedestrian access, including a gateway feature on Fairport Road, new internal sidewalk, landscaping, lighting and gathering areas in the lower park; fishing access enabled by a footpath along Irondequoit Creek linking Spring Lake Park with Penfield’s Channing Philbrick Park; replacing the town hall sidewalk and landscaping the improvement; and website updates to allow for public access to the town’s Geographic Information System’s mapping and data.
The village works with the town of Perinton and the Fairport School District to consolidate services wherever possible, reasonable and beneficial to all. Mayor Fritz May directed attention to the dates of April 29-30 for the Village Sesquicentennial Celebration. He also reviewed recent accomplishments including: new bridge on Water Street; large storm drain repair under North Main Street; cell tower built to replace the Summit Street water tower to host existing antenna, which is a source of income for the village; and $30 million private investments. Looking forward, conceptual plans are forming for the former HP Neun Building on Parce Avenue and another site on North Main Street. This new development will connect to Iron Smoke Whiskey and Triphammer Bierwerks. Plus, residents from the greater community continue to frequent and enjoy annual events. In September, the village hosted the 10th Annual Global Mural Conference.
In summary, the mayor said, “The village works closely with the town of Perinton and the Fairport School District to consolidate services where ever possible, reasonable and beneficial to all. We so appreciate our team approach.”
Three of the active chamber members shared their event experience.
“There are so many great things going on in the community; it is hard to keep up with all of them,” said attendee Chris Pedrone, Perinton Community Office manager at Canandaigua National Bank and Trust. “Thank you to the chamber for bringing this information together for us.”
Bob Ruhland, also known as Mr. Perinton and Keller Williams Realtor stated,
“As a Perinton resident, to hear the town’s, village’s and schools’ updates and projected growth is something every citizen should know about,” said Bob Ruhland, Keller Williams realtor, also known as Mr. Perinton.
“It was an incredibly informative and upbeat presentation,” said Tim Shortsleeve. “I was impressed hearing and seeing how well the local leadership is serving the needs of our community. Thanks to the chamber for the opportunity to learn that when compared to our peers, we are viewed as the leaders and trend setter within the state and certainly are not followers.”