COVID-19 Updates

** Please note that while Town Hall is closed to the public, Town Hall services will continue to be available via phone and online, including building permits, licenses, and tax payments. Contact the Town Hall to arrange for assistance with any of our services. (585) 872-1000.


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Parks & Recreation Update:  Life looks a little different lately - but it can still feel the same! Announcing Webster Parks and Recreation's NEW YouTube channel with a variety of "At Home Exercise Videos" featuring your favorite WPRD Instructors! Be sure to subscribe and check back for updates regularly!

Most importantly - stay safe, stay healthy and stay engaged! We hope to see you all soon!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFU_FK8IgPw-EVBqyqhRE5A


While summer program registration is delayed, summer camp registration is still available by visiting our website at: 

http://ci.webster.ny.us/104/Parks-Recreation 

or calling 872-7103. 


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Justice Court Update March 19, 2020:

Due to the corona virus emergency, the State of New York has closed all courts in New York State, except for arraignments. All cases have been adjourned into May. Notices of specific court dates have been sent. But specific inquiries can be made to the court after May 1st.


Webster Public Library Update for March 19, 2020:

We are so disappointed to announce that as of Thursday, March 19, we are completely closed and suspending all services involving in-person interaction, including Drive-Up, Pick-Up. We have made this decision for the safety of our employees and the community at large. We thank you for understanding—this is not a decision that was made easily.
Though we won’t be in the building, our Wireless Internet will remain on for 24 hours, 7 days a week. There are still no overdue fees on items currently checked out, and they are due in mid-May. Our bookdrop will remain open. We will continue to update our YouTube page with children’s materials, so keep an eye out for new content regularly! Our social media will still be updating with fun new resources for you and your families to try at home.
Don’t forget to check out our online resources—if you’re looking for a book, audiobook, magazine, or a movie, OverDrive and Libby can help you out! Many libraries in Monroe County have increased their ebook budget, so the collection is increasing every day.
We want to thank you all so much for the love and appreciation you have shown us over the past several days. We could not have imagined the outpouring of emotion we’ve received. It has brought us so much joy to provide for our community in this time of need and make a difficult time a little bit easier.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. And rest assured—we’ll be back as soon as we can!


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March 18, 2020:

The Webster Chamber of Commerce now has a website page specifically focused on resources and links for Chamber members who are dealing with the economic impact of the regulations and restrictions put in place that affect businesses and their employees. Please check this website page regularly as we will update it as factual information becomes available.
We realize that many businesses and employees are now struggling and will continue to struggle with the financial impact of the current situation in New York State, the United States, and the world. We also recognize that this impact may result in businesses failing and closing their doors for good.
We will limit the links and resources to those we believe are current, accurate, and available. Pending legislation or government action may be listed as a potential future resource and will be noted as such.
If you are aware of a resource or possible resource you think will be helpful to other members of the Chamber, please email us at the Chamber.

https://www.websterchamber.com/resources-economic-impact-of-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0Nc0GwABWEMdO4QmUvQILT4nTYy34mopEsr0tCYvuPSdG4j3go4g2dx0Y


March 18, 2020: NYSEG and RG&E Take Steps to Assist Customers During Coronavirus Response

NYSEG and RG&E, AVANGRID companies, announced today that they are taking several measures to protect customers and employees as current Coronavirus situation evolves.
The companies, which previously announced they would temporarily suspend service shut-offs due to non-payment, also announced today that they will take the following actions to protect both customers and employees. Those actions include:
• Effective immediately both NYSEG and RG&E are suspending all inside meter readings and shifting to estimated usage or customer reported readings. Customers are encouraged to submit meter readings through the companies’ mobile app.
• NYSEG and RG&E walk-in centers will be closed indefinitely as of March 17. Customers can continue to communicate with the companies via their website, mobile app or by calling the customer service contact number listed on their bill. Customers can also make a payment at one of our authorized pay agents, including Wal-Mart or K-Mart. A list of authorized agents may be found at nyseg.com > account > ways to pay > pay in person.
• NYSEG and RG&E are suspending late-payment charges beginning this Tuesday evening.
Options for customers to help manage their accounts.
• You can use our new mobile app to report outages, check and pay account balances, and submit meter readings. To download the application, customers should search “AVANGRID” in the Apple or Android app stores and select “NYSEG” or “RG&E”. The application is free to download.
• Customers can still make credit card payments, check balances and find other information at nyseg.com and rge.com.
• Additionally, customers can call customer care representatives to find out account information: NYSEG customers can call 800.572.1111; RG&E customers can call 800.743.2110.


Webster Central Schools Update 3/17/20:

Webster CSD’s Food Service Department will be serving drive thru style meals beginning Wednesday, March 18. Families should go to the back gym entrance at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road, Webster, between 8-10 AM, Monday through Friday, beginning tomorrow. Families will receive breakfast and lunch at the same time for any student living in Webster CSD. Families will stay in their cars and staff will hand meals to you.

This applies to ALL Webster CSD students, including UPK. For more info on what Webster CSD is doing during the coronavirus outbreak go to www.websterschools.org/coronavirus


Additionally, there are community resources that can help families or accept donations:
HOPE Ministry, 1450 Ridge Rd., Webster; https://www.facebook.com/HOPEministryNY/

Webster Community Chest; http://www.webcommchest.org/

Little Food Pantries: St. Martin Church, 813 Bay Rd;

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 131 W. Main St; 

Webster Baptist Church, 59 South Avenue.

Update 3.17.20

Town Updates for Monday, March 16th:

Webster Parks and Recreation will be CLOSING to the public at 8:00 PM on 3/16/2020 until further notice. Please check our website @ ci.webster.ny.us and facebook page for more updates.

Webster Police Department has suspended fingerprinting services in their department until further notice.


Webster Central School District’s Food Service Department will be serving drive thru style meals beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Families should go to the back gym entrance at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road, Webster, between 8:00-10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, beginning this Wednesday. Families will receive breakfast and lunch at the same time for any student living in Webster CSD. Families will stay in their cars and staff will hand meals to you. 


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Webster Public Library Update - March 15, 2020:

As the Coronavirus situation expands, we here at the Webster Public Library have been discussing how we could do the most good for our community at this uncertain time. How we could make a difference now, when it's needed. We have decided the best way to make a positive impact in our society is to do our part in preventing the increased spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have decided to close our doors, for now. We would not do this if we did not think it was a truly necessary precaution. We will be closed temporarily starting Sunday, March 15.
Because we are closed does not mean we are gone. We are hard at work thinking of what services we need to provide now and creating them for our community in this time of need.
We are continuing to offer our Drive-Up, Pick-Up service between the hours of 11am and 4pm, Monday through Saturday. Give us a call and tell us what items you want, pull up out front in your car, and we will bring the items out to you. Books, movies, TV shows, magazines, audiobooks, storytime at home kits, video games, comics, and more are available to check out via this manner. Call us! (585) 872-7075. Or email at webster.reference@libraryweb.org.
We are eliminating all overdue fees during the time we remain closed. If you can’t make it here to return your materials, don’t worry about it—we understand that there are other concerns on your minds right now.
We are offering weekly virtual storytimes via our Facebook page—stay tuned for announcements. We will be uploading videos of our librarians doing rhymes, songs, and books, and more.
We are answering reference questions via phone between the hours of 11am and 4pm, Monday through Saturday. Call us at (585) 872-7075 option 3, especially if you'd like help setting up your OverDrive or Libby account to access our online catalog of items. This includes ebooks, audiobook, movies, and magazines. Anyone with a Monroe County Library System card can access these!
We are planning social media posts with activities for you and building new Pinterest boards with crafts that can be done with limited supplies at home. We are rapidly rescheduling our programs, planning elaborate new ones, cleaning house here, and looking ahead.
As our community moves online, we remain a community. Your library is still here for you! We will adapt to the situation to provide for new necessities, and we will do it together. And as everything returns to usual, we will be here then too. We'll get from here to there together.
We can't wait to see you again soon. And until then, we'll see you online and over the phone.

-Webster Public Library Staff

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Press Release 3.13.2020

The latest Town updates regarding the COVID-19 virus:

3/14/20: 
A message from West Webster Fire Chief Kaspar:

Dear Residents of the West Webster Fire Department and Adjacent Communities We Serve:

I am writing about the West Webster Fire Department 's precautionary measures related to COVID-19. Thankfully the virus itself has not yet had a direct impact on our communities. We have been implementing reasonable and proactive steps to protect the communities we serve, as well as our personnel. Because of our responsibility to our communities, we are enhancing our precautions to ensure we remain fully-staffed and healthy. Rest assured, we will still respond to your emergencies as we always have and always will.
However, if we are dispatched to your home, you might find yourself being asked questions by our personnel from your doorway and we may also be wearing protective equipment such as a mask, eye protection and gown. You may also be asked to wear a mask while we assess your medical condition. Again, this is being done out of an abundance of caution to maintain a healthy, prepared emergency response team.
We will continuously reassess this situation and pass along any pertinent information as needed. We would also ask you to be proactive and take this situation seriously. Stay informed, wash your hands, stay home when sick and call 911 only for true emergencies. Please follow the guidance of actual medical professionals, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the NYS Department of Health.

Respectfully,
Ed Kaspar
Fire Chief

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3/13/20:
WEBSTER SENIOR CENTER CLOSED:

We have decided to close the Webster Senior Center Lunch Club 60 Program effective Monday 3/16 as the Monroe County Meal Program has been suspended in order to protect those most vulnerable. We will remain closed indefinitely and will continue to reevaluate as the situation progresses. This also includes the cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day Luncheon on 3/17. We would like our senior community to know that any seniors who need lunch to please reach out to the Senior Center at 585-872-7103 X7105 to discuss available options. Please note that at this time, the Webster Recreation Center remains open and programming continues on a regular basis. The best way to prevent acquiring COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends preventative actions to help minimize the spread of respiratory viruses, including practicing "social distancing" if possible.



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All Town Board Meetings:  

We encourage residents to Participate from Home:

- Watch on Spectrum Cable Channel 1303

- View meetings via live-stream on the Town's website under "Watch Town Meetings"       http://ci.webster.ny.us/civicmedia

- View projects prior to the meeting and send in your comments ahead of time.  

    View:  http://ci.webster.ny.us/550/Upcoming-Projects-Planning-Zoning
    Email comments:  cableaccess@ci.webster.ny.us

- Call in with questions or comments during a LIVE meeting: 872-7011

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March 13, 2020:

Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More:

STAMFORD, Conn. – In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. 

To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. 

- To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. 

- Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

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