Farmington Town Supervisor Peter Ingalsbe spoke at a recent dinner meeting of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club.
Ingalsbe said Ontario County is the second-fastest growing county in the state, second to Saratoga County. The fastest-growing area in the county is the Victor-Farmington area. Farmington is home to approximately 11,000 residents. The once-slumbering rural township is experiencing a rapid growth in population and a growing commercial sector.
His presentation addressed various issues and the town’s growth over the past 50 years. Igalsbe traced the modern era of town development from the 1960s when Finger Lakes Racetrack and the New York State Police Troop E Headquarters were established. This necessitated the development of the town’s sewer system and water treatment plant.
Subsequently, Farmington experienced a steady growth in population as developers moved forward with projects that included individual homes, townhouses and apartments. Ingalsbe discussed the original development of Farmbrook, Farmington Grove and Auburn Meadows, as well as recent projects under development. These include the Byrne Dairy on state Route 96, and expanding housing and commercial development at the County Road 41 Hathaway’s Corners project.
One project involves a new office by Lyons National Bank on County Road 41 near the state Route 332 intersection. The timber frame building will include a part of the original house.
Rotarians asked questions on issues that resulted from the expanding population base in Victor-Farmington, such as traffic congestion, walking trails, commercial development, police protection, fire and ambulance coverage, the ability of the Victor Central School District to adjust to the expanding population, and the possible creation of a dog park.
In club business, Rotarian Bruce Chapman received his third Paul Harris Fellow Award from District 7120 Gov.-elect Janet Tenreiro. The award recognizes Chapman’s continuing support of the Rotary Foundation. He made three donations that support worldwide service projects.
Secretary Karen Parkhurst briefed members on the club’s project involving Wilson Commencement Park/Sojourner House in Rochester, in cooperation with seniors from the Integrated School of Arts & Technology. The club provided Halloween bags filled with candy and novelties donated by Rotarians for children living at the low-income, single-parent residences during their annual Halloween party.