Dick Thomas Obituary

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dick Thomas. Please read the following link for burial information, or to leave condolences for the family.


To All GVLSA members,

                       With information seemingly changing by the hour, it can be frustrating, overwhelming and ultimately distracting us from our businesses and families. I thought I would pass along some websites to bookmark, documents and information sources to help condense the time spent searching. This is however not a comprehensive list, just a collection of things shared from within GLVSA, and the surveying community. 

Attached is an email from the NYSAPLS President Daniel Marvin and Managing Director Amber Carpenter, providing suggestions for Best Practices for Field Procedures and Working at Home, and Exam cancellations. 

The NYS Executive Orders 

The Empire State Development page, and information assisting with essential designations.

A link to the CDC website for COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers

A link to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and their COVID-19 Response. Information about Small Business Assistance, Business Tax relief from federal level.

A link to the Associated General Contractors (AGC) website. There is a lot of information in regard to Risk Management, their Updated AGC CARES analysis, and many other resources combined into one place.

Attached is RPTMAPFG pdf document – Which is the latest update from the Monroe County Surveyor, Greg Bly, outlining the new procedures for filing maps in Monroe County. I don’t have anything for Livingston, Ontario, Wayne or Yates. If you do please share. 

And finally, we all just need a break. With the around the clock information and the increased pressure to continuing working to provide for our employees and our families, it can and will take its toll on one’s mind. I have linked an article from NPR of things that weren’t free before the COVID-19 lock down but are now. Take a moment and check it out, I’m confident there is a ton more out there as well.

If anyone has anything to add please send it to me and I will share or be sure to comment on our Facebook page with your information. WE will have it up sometime tomorrow.

Be safe, healthy, and happy!

Justin M. Roloson L.S.

GVLSA President

GVLSA Message During COVID-19

To the GVLSA Members,

                On Friday March 19th, the Governor announced effective Sunday, the State is on PAUSE, which stands for Policies, Assure, Uniform, Safety and Everyone. Under the declaration, 100 percent of the workforce is being ordered to stay home or work from home, unless the business is deemed as an essential business.

                Based on conversations I’ve had with other surveyors, and information passed down from NYSAPLS, it seems as the Land Surveying profession is considered ESSENTIAL. I have attached a link below to the NYSAPLS letter written to the governor for your use. Also below is as a response a fellow member received from the Finger Lakes Empire State Development. I have also attached a link to New York State Executive Orders, as well as the CDC Guidelines for America to slow the Spread.

Dear Business Owner:

 Thank you for seeking designation as an “essential business” pursuant to the revised New York State Executive Order 202.6 with respect to your business function of land surveying.    Based on the information you have provided, that business function is already an essential business and does not require a further determination.  However, the designation as essential is solely with respect to those employees that must be present at the business location to support essential business activities. No other employees/personnel shall be permitted to work from your business’s location and any other business activities being completed at your location that are not essential are still subject to the revised Executive Order 202.6.   Please continue to comply with all other Executive Orders and recommendations from the New York State Department of Health.


NYS Executive Orders

CDC COVID-19 Guidelines


I believe that the best thing we can do is over communicate and make sure we pass along our findings within our profession as they will no doubt change and adapt as we move forward. If anyone learns of something that is beneficial to our survey community as a whole, please send it to me and I can get it out to our membership. I will be posting this information on our Facebook page, so check there for updates. In the meantime please take precautions laid out by the CDC to help slow the spread. Be safe, be healthy, and be well.

Justin M. Roloson, LS

GVLSA President

NYSAPLS Webinar and BOD/Membership Meeting – 3/11/2020

The next Genesee Valley Membership meeting will be 6pm, Wednesday March 11th, 2020.  The GVLSA will be presenting the second showing of the NYSAPLS Webinar entitled “2019-2020 Legislative Updates for Surveyors” at the offices of Erdman Anthony, 145 Culver Road Suite 200, Rochester, NY.  Dinner will be served at 6pm, with the Webinar following at 7pm. Membership business will be conducted through the dinner hour, and after the webinar if necessary. All are welcome for all activities! GVLSA Members $0, Non-Members $10. Please RSVP to Matt Palmer at mpalmer@ravieng.com with confirmations only.

GVLSA Elects New Officers

The Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association swore in the newly elected officers this past week at the monthly meeting on February 20. The full officer list can be found at our website at the link below. Officers pictured below are, left to right: Martin J. Gotwalt, L.S (Board of Directors), David Zuber, LSIT (Associate Representative), Justin M. Roloson, L.S (President), Christopher T. Locke, L.S (Board of Directors), Michael A. Venturo, L.S (Treasurer), David L. Standinger, L.S (Board of Directors), Robert J. Avery, L.S (Secretary). Not Pictured Matthew R, Palmer, L.S (Vice President)

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GVLSA Board of Directors Meeting 2/20/2020

The next Genesee Valley Board of Directors meeting will be held Thursday February 20, 2020 at the 40 & 8 Club at 933 University Avenue in Rochester. The Board of Dircetors Meeting starts at 6 pm. Board activities will be conducted throughout the evening but all are welcome!