The need to serve Irondequoit’s growing senior population remains of the utmost importance to us at Town Hall. Creating a community conducive to aging in place has driven us to prioritize senior housing, look to transform our senior transportation program and to better communicate with our seniors, directly through the “Senior-Centered” newsletter.
We have also created a new annual event in Irondequoit: The Senior Health Exposition. Modeled after the many senior health fairs that dot the map in our region, Irondequoit’s version provides a one-stop shop of seniors to engage with health and human service providers, senior advocacy groups and all levels of government. It has become a staple of our senior programming, and we look forward to hosting it every year.
Now in its third year, the “Expo” continues to grow. To accommodate this increased participation by both vendors and residents, the event has moved to a new location. The 2019 Senior Health Exposition with take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 17 at the Bishop Kearney High School cafeteria, 125 Kings Highway S. Parking is in the rear of the building. As always, light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
Recently, the town received a double-dose of good news relative to unexpected revenue refunds. First, after conducting an extensive audit, we were able to identify over $181,000 in overbilling by RG&E to town street lighting accounts, over a period of five years. RG&E promptly sent a check to that amount. Through our audit, conducted by Troy & Banks, we were also able to identify about $18,000 in annual savings moving forward. Any opportunity to lower our operating budget in perpetuity is very much welcome!
Secondly, through the good work of our county clerk, Adam Bello, we were recently notified that the town will receive additional mortgage recording tax payments in the amount of $74,000. Every year, we receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in mortgage recording tax revenue, which is collected and dispersed by the county. County Clerk Bello was able to identify roughly a million dollars in overpayments to the city of Rochester, which will be redistributed to the towns.
Lastly, at the March Town Board workshop meeting, we were happy to present Erin Magee with our Staff Spotlight Award. Erin is an engineer with our Department of Public Works and is an integral part of many important projects at Town Hall. She helps oversee our stormwater management and was the point person in the installation of the new solar panels atop the Public Safety Building. Well done, Erin!