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Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Jun 30

New Stores coming to Towne Center

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 9:54 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

This week COR Development, the owners of the Towne Center (plaza), announced that Home Goods, Michaels, Bath and Body Works, along with Five Below, will be opening in the plaza late this fall. This is good news for the Webster community right before the start of the Christmas season as it is another reason to stay in Webster to do your holiday shopping.

As we all know, stores move out of plazas and new stores move in all the time. This is called corporate America making business decisions based on their bottom line. Just six months ago you would have thought Webster was going to be a ghost town without any shopping left as Jo Ann Fabrics and Bed Bath and Beyond announced they were leaving Towne Center.  Social media went crazy and there were all kinds of theories about their leaving like the rent was too high, the taxes where to high, and that Webster was not a good place to do business.  None of these theories was correct and nothing could be farer from the truth. 

Webster is still a growing community in its residential and business development.  While some residents do not like to hear that, Webster continues to be one of the fastest growing towns in Monroe County because of its close proximity to Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay.  Webster has low town taxes for a town that has a police department, a good school system, and the affordability of homes for many age groups from new family start up homes to senior living.   

Webster residents who jump on social media with these wild theories every time a store is closing or something comes to town that they do not like, need to understand that this type of negative conversation hurts the Webster community as a whole. I am all about being positive and bringing out the good in the community.  These unfounded rumors result in negative conversations that turn in to being untruthful and we as a town cannot undo the hurt it causes the community.

Changes in the business climate happen all the time and we as a town must ride out the ups and downs of the national economy. I am in contact with the owners of the three major plazas here in Webster all the time and continue to hear that Webster is a good landing spot for many businesses looking to expand.  I was informed last December that these new stores where coming to Towne Center, but I was asked not to announce this to the community for many different reasons.  This is why I become frustrated reading social media about all the problems with the plaza by uninformed residents that do nothing but spread information that is not correct.

Keep in mind that in many instances the “truth” that you may hear from an employee of a store may not be 100% factual information. The real people who make these decisions are at that store’s corporate headquarters and believe me when I say that they do not make announcements unless they have analyzed everything from rent, to taxes, to operating costs, to employee costs, and the profit they expect to make for the corporation.

So, as I say each week at the closing of my column, if you have a question, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us, and I will get you the correct information. 

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor

Jun 13

Wipes in your Pipes

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

Disposable wipes are still a big problem ... 

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Jun 06

Webster Public Library = AMAZING

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 10:39 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

On Sunday, June 5th, the Town Board attended the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Webster Public Library. There is only one word to describe the renovations and the new Library: AMAZING!

The renovations have added around 4,000 square feet of space and gives the library much more square footage to offer new programs. The children’s room has been enlarged, a large print section has been added, and a special room for the Friends of the Library has been added for their book sales.

The reason for this renovation was the need for more parking for library patrons.  This was accomplished with a parking lot in the rear of the building where the new library entrance is now located.  So far there is plenty of parking for all and the plaza has a new tenant, Pet Savers, which now has plenty of parking in the front of the plaza to support their grand opening.

There are many people to thank for the hard work on the addition to the library but here are a few that have put in plenty of time over the last year to make this renovation a positive enhancement for Webster. First, the plaza owner, Mr. Alan Gindi, who paid for the addition to the plaza, the Library Board of Trustees, FHI Construction, and the Director of the Library, Ms. Terri Bennett.

If you have not been to the new Library take the time in the coming weeks and you will not be disappointed in the new and larger Webster Public Library serving you, the residents of Webster.

If you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor


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