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Posted on April 17, 2017 at 8:42 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Last week I was notified by a Democrat and Chronicle reporter that the Xerox Call Center, located in Building 200, would displace the current 400 working staff to a building next to Medley Center in Irondequoit. This came as a complete shock to me and the Town Board as we never received a courtesy call from Xerox or Conduent outlining any details of this move.
The news media made it sound like Conduent was adding jobs, but the real story here is that Webster will be impacted with a loss of 400 jobs promised to us by Xerox back in 2012. If you recall at that time it was a big story that Xerox was opening a call center in Webster and saving jobs. Hon. Chuck Schumer wrote a letter of support in the hiring of employees and Governor Cuomo made the announcement and indicated that the state had negotiated with Xerox to finalize terms for the new call center.
The Governor promised $5 million in state’s Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, $1 million grant from the Empire State Development Corp., and COMIDA gave them $271,000 in a tax abatement package. This was on top of the supposed $4.3 million Xerox put in to renovating Building 200. My question is to COMIDA and New York State is what percentage of these state and local tax dollars will residents see coming back to them for non-completion of the original lease agreement?
Did the state and COMIDA give more of our hard earned tax dollars to open this new site at Medley Center? At this point in time no one is talking about the financial package given out to the former Macy’s building to move these 400 employees to Irondequoit. I think we all would like to understand if double dipping of our taxes dollars is going on here.
We all should be concerned and watching what next steps are being taken in regards to our state and local tax dollars paying for jobs twice in five years.
Town Hall Building CLOSED April 21st
On Friday, April 21st the Webster Town Hall building located at 1000 Ridge Road will close for six months for extensive renovations to the building that was built back in 1956. We will be enlarging the restrooms, enhancing security inside the building during working hours, adding a lunch room for employees, upgrading the facilities inside the Police department, enlarging the Building Department and Assessment areas, upgrading the interior of the building, and taking out all of the asbestos left in the building.
During the time the Town Hall building is closed, all town business will be conducted at 1002 Ridge Road which is the address of the Van Ingen Court Building (the building with the blue roof right behind the present Town Hall). You will be able to pay your taxes there, get a dog license, apply for a building permit, get assessing papers, and any other business you currently do at Town Hall.
The Webster Police Department will remain open to the public within the Town Hall building. If you have an emergency and need police assistance, please dial 9-1-1.
We are very hopeful that we will be back in the original Town Hall building come November 1st if all aspects of construction are on time. We are confident that the $1.6 million renovations of the building will serve Webster residents well in to the future without spending millions of dollars on a brand new building.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on April 10, 2017 at 9:55 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Mulch is Available at Town Hall
Every spring the Webster Highway Department delivers tons of mulch to the parking lot at Town Hall that Webster residents can retrieve for free for home use. This mulch has been composted by the Highway Department for the last year by the Highway employees from leaves picked up from resident’s yards.
They will continue to replenish the pile each day until the tons of mulch are depleted in the upcoming weeks.
Pharmaceutical Waste Pickup is April 29th
There will be a pharmaceutical waste pickup at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any unused, unwanted or expired medication is taken for disposal. No appointment is necessary.
If you do not feel comfortable with your personal information on the bottles, you can remove the pills and put them in a plastic bag for us to dispose of.
The Town Hall also has a CVS Drug Collection unit at the Webster Town Hall. This permanent pharmaceutical waste drop box can be found inside the Webster Town Hall, located at the Police Department entrance, 1000 Ridge Road, during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Like with the pharmaceutical waste pickup, items accepted at the drop box include any unused, unwanted or expired medication such as prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medication, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and medications for pets.
Items that are NOT accepted include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, or liquids, thermometers, needles (sharps) and medication from businesses or clinics.
As always, 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 email@example.com
Posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The words “Thank You” are not enough when it comes to acknowledging the many people who provided assistance during the recent wind storm. This storm, which knocked out electrical power to a large portion of the Webster population, caused upheaval to everyone but it also showed the strength of our community so let me give credit where credit is due.
Thank you to the utility companies from several states and Canada that sent crews to assist RG&E in restoring power lines and replacing broken poles. Their unselfish commitment in helping restore electrical power to Webster is greatly appreciated. Not only did these people perform their jobs as they are trained to do, but they had to work in horrific weather conditions as temperatures dropped into the single digits along with wind gusts that made their jobs even more challenging.
I am especially proud of the men and woman of the Webster Highway Department, the Webster Sewer Department, Webster Parks and Recreation, the Webster Police Department, the Fire Departments of Webster, and all our emergency responders for the around-the-clock services they provided during these trying days as our community recovered from one of the worst wind storms in decades.
It is not uncommon for people without electrical power to want services restored as quickly as possible. Yet I heard stories of people looking out for their neighbors by visiting them personally to see if they were safe or in need of any provisions. I also heard of people who were fortunate enough to have generators sharing power with people coping with no heat and lights.
A community can best be judged how it copes during times of crisis. The 2017 wind storm was not a pleasant experience to endure, but Webster did endure it and the credit goes in large part to the people who make up this community of ours.
If anything positive came out of this ordeal it is the proof that people are generally unselfish and willing to help others in need. We must also acknowledge that these kind acts of humanity are not just limited to one state, city, town, village or even a country.