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October 12, 2021

A Public Information Meeting on Improving Access to Public Water was held on October 6.  The goal of the meeting was to introduce Rush residents who do not have public water, and want it, what the steps and estimated cost could be to create a water district.  

Link to the Water Forum:

This is the "Audio Only" version of the Water Forum:

An update letter to residents hat includes answers to some of the questions that have been asked is being developed and will be sent out soon.  

For more information, please call the Town Supervisor, Gerry Kusse, at 585-533-9058.  



Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11 AM the William Udicious Town Hall Pavilion, 1900 Rush-Scottsville Road, Rush, NY 14543

More details on the flyer:   pdf Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration Flyer

Everyone is welcome to be a part of Indigenous People’s Day in the Town of Rush   Highlights of the event include: 

Michael Oberg is a distinguished Professor of History at SUNY-Geneseo and director of the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History and a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1998. Professor Oberg's research interests are in Native American studies. Professor Oberg is at work on a history of the Onondaga Nation, from the time of the formation of the Iroquois League to the present.▪

ProclamationRush Town Supervisor Gerald Kusse will read the Proclamation.▪

Richard Hamell, Rush resident, will share his personal interest in the concerns of the history and reproduction of wampum belts originally created by the First Nation, particularly the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). He retired from Monroe Community College after a career of 39 years with the Department of Geosciences.Masks are required to be worn and social distancing maintained, inside and outside.

There have been most recent sightings were near Pinnacle Road and Rush-Mendon Road. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)  was contacted to find out more information and resources for residents who are concerned about the recent bear sightings in our town.   Below are links to find more information about black bears and ways to reduce conflicts between people and bears.  The "Living with Bears" Brochure is available online or in the town hall. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can reach out and contact Felicia Paradise, Wildlife Technician I, Division of Fish & Wildlife, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd, Avon, NY 14414, P: (585) 226-5380 | F: (585) 226-6323 | C: (585) 764-7627, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


August 20, 2021 Message From Rick Tracy, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Regarding Masking and Social Distancing 

I am concerned about the Delta variant of the Covid 19 virus and the increasing infection / positivity rate in our area. I am especially concerned about young children who are unable to be vaccinated due to age as well as immunocompromised individuals. After consulting with health care officials and communicating with the Supervisor, the following will take effect as of the opening for business on Friday 08/20/2021. 

All occupants of the Rush Town Hall complex as well as any facilities owned / operated by the Town of Rush are required to be masked at any point in time when social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. To be clear if you are in your office / work area and are alone or properly distanced, you do not need to have a mask on. If you are in any situation where you may not be able to be socially distanced, you must have a mask on (for example sitting next to one another in a meeting, traveling thru common area's, etc.). This policy will remain in effect until further notice. 

Take time out to read a wonderful article that recognizes our long-time resident, Dick Updaw, and his efforts to both protect his land with the Genesee Land Trust and remember the soldiers who served our country.  His memorial to Bob Hodes with a statue on Dick's front lawn is a wonderful tribute and a reminder of the sacrifice of so many to protect our freedoms we often take for granted.   Here is the full article.   pdf Remembering A Forgotten Soldier



From Supervisor Kusse, The non-stop rain we have received over the past few days made me nervous about flooding in the Hamlet, so went to to have a look. I am pleased to report that the retention pond constructed by the Chase Family on their property is working very well.

Chase Farms Retention Pond                                  PIcture of Drainage


Donations are now being accepted for the Town of Rush approved Eagle Scout Project to build a GaGa Ball Pit.  Nathan Zuber, a Rush resident, has developed the project and as soon as he has raised sufficient funds, he will start to construct a Gaga Ball Pit on the Town Hall campus near the Pavilion. 

Donation checks can be made out to Troop 750 and mailed to Todd Buzard, 206 Woodleaf, Pittsford, NY 14534.  Please note on your donation the Rush GaGa Project.  In addition,  you can donate your returnable bottles and cans for the project.  Return your bottles and cans  to Upstate Bottle Return or Bottle & Can Retrieval Center on East Henrietta Road in Henrietta, NY and let them know that the returns are for the “Nathan Zuber’s Eagle Project.”

For more information, please contact the Town Supervisor's Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 585-533-9058.  Thank you. 

We are continuing to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.   Face coverings are no longer necessary for visitors who are fully vaccinated and social distancing guidelines have been lifted. 

For meetings, we are starting to meet in person, but will continue to use Zoom to ensure all residents are able to participate in meetings without having to be present in person. 

Zoom notices can be found by clicking on the meeting announcement in the Meeting Tab.  

Battery Moratorium Research Work Group is being formed. We would like to recruit members with many different perspectives such as: NYS Department of Labor/OSHA; Solar/wind installation installers; RIT Sustainability College; engineers, business owners, and others interested in this topic.  Anyone interested in being a part of this Work Group, please contact Councilwoman Amber Corbin, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 585-732-1524.  The charge of the committee can be found here:  pdf Battery Moratorium Committee