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Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Feb 08

New Library Entrance Open

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 10:25 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

After a week of being closed for renovations, the Webster Public Library reopened last Monday with its new entrance at the rear of the plaza building. The plaza owner is providing the funds for these renovations to allow for more parking in the front of the plaza for the business.  Parking in the rear should be dedicated for library patrons and so far the new tiered system seems to be working out well.

The library still has two more phases to go in their renovation process and a grand opening could take place in early or late summer. In this process, the library acquired 4,000 square feet of additional space.  These renovations are not costing the town residents any more money in rent because this was negotiated as part of the town agreeing to these entrance changes.

Please be patient as the renovations progress as there could still be some noise and other disturbances as we move to the finish line with this project all in the name of making our Webster Public Library a better place to visit.

Construction has started on the Pet Saver store which will occupy some empty store fronts that currently exist in the plaza. Stayed tuned for grand opening information. 

Latest Store at Town Center Plaza

I have been informed that the latest store moving in to open store front space next to LA Fitness will be Yankee Candle. I do not know the official date for opening, but have been told that they will be opening soon in Towne Center.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor

Feb 01

More information on the proposed Bond

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 9:40 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

As I discussed in my column last week, the town is investigating taking out a bond to do improvements to our older buildings such as the Town Hall and the Justice Court Building. There is a 21 minute video of the project that can be seen on the town’s web site at www.ci.webster.ny.us so you can become familiar with the project.

Some residents have contacted me already to ask questions on what the Town Board was doing within each of the segments of the project. It is always good to be informed and the Town Board wants nothing less than having the residents understand where their taxpayer dollars are going.

What concerns me is the negative responses through various social media without anyone asking questions about the project. It bothers me that so many people would rather guess on what is being done instead of picking up the phone and asking a question or showing up at a Town Board meeting and getting actual information.

Here is a novel idea … Instead of saying we are wasting taxpayer dollars on not needing new trucks and repairs to buildings, how about calling Town Hall or one of the Town Board members for a tour of our town facilities to actually see what needs to be repaired?  Become informed before you speak.

To make a statement that tar will fix the roof problem at the Justice Court Building when we have 12,000 square feet of roof in desperate need of fixing after 22 years of use, is just a knee jerk reaction and it is not an informed statement and just shows lack of knowledge of the project.

Another response to my column last week was the need purchase a new plow truck for $220,000 to every year.  Let me try to enlighten the Webster residents as to why this is done each year.  The Town of Webster has 18 plow routes throughout the town that plow the snow so you can get to work and the school buses can safely deliver your kids every day. If the plows do not get through, the buses do not get through and you are home from work, losing a days pay, because you have to stay home with your children. 

We need 18 trucks to cover these routes with one spare truck in case of repairs. We keep each truck 18 years with 150,000 miles on it and thousands of hours of idle engine time. So each year we replace the oldest truck with 18 years on it and purchase a new one. If we skipped a year then we would have a 19 year old truck and an 18 year old truck at the same time needing replacement and the cost would then soar to $440,000 for the year. The Town Board is doing the sensible thing here in spreading out our cost of replacement trucks and not falling in to the trap of not having enough good equipment to service the residents of Webster the way they should be.

For all the residents who say their taxes are too high here, you have to understand where your tax dollars are going. The Town of Webster is your lowest taxing entity out of the County, School and Town; 63% of your tax dollars go to fund the Webster Central School District, 25% goes to the County of Monroe for their services, and the remaining 12% goes to the Town of Webster.

Out of that 12%, or $4.95 per thousand of assessment that you pay for town taxes, $2.00 per thousand goes to pay for our outstanding Police Department.  This then leaves the Town Board $2.95 per thousand to operate the other 13 departments of the town; the Highway Department, Parks and Recreation, Information Technology, Human Resources, the Building Department, the Assessing Department, Town Clerk, Tax Receiver, Justice Court, Finance Department, Library, Cable, and the Sewer Department. Now take that $2.95 against the average house in Webster assessed at $170,000, and you are paying $501.50 for these services to all these departments here in the Town of Webster.

The highway garage needs roof and new insulation after standing there for 47 years against the elements and the rock salt that is ever present there which eats away at the building.  The Justice Court building needs a new roof that just adding tar will not solve the problem.  The court building also needs new HVAC and heating units replaced, and the bathrooms need to be brought up to ADA standards since the building was built in 1974 and those standards were not in place at that time. 

The Webster Town Hall building needs repairs to the front doors and the 120 windows in the building that are costing money in energy loss.  The bathrooms need upgrading as there is only one restroom for men and one for women to take care of all the guests and employees.  The Police Department needs upgrading in the booking and technician rooms, along with the fixing of a plumbing problem in the men’s locker room.

I ask Webster residents to become informed about the bond project before throwing criticism at the project without having any knowledge of how your taxpayer dollars are being spent in support of you, the Webster resident.

If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, contact any Town Board member, or come to a Town Board meeting.  The next Town Board meeting is Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board room.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor

Jan 25

Webster S. S. A. F. E. (Safety Sustainability And Facility Enhancements)

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:36 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

What is SSAFE you ask? It is the Town of Webster taking charge in doing proper safety and facility upgrades to our aging buildings and equipment. Over time, upgrades and necessary repairs on the Town Hall and Justice Court Building have gone by the wayside because of lacking funds in the town budget to make these improvements.

The Justice Court building was built in 1974 as the Webster Public Library.  It has been renovated over time to be the home of our Justice Courts, the Special Police and the Webster Community Chest; all worth wide assets to the community. This 47 year old building needs a new roof at a cost of $342,000, plus window replacement, masonry repairs, a new HVAC unit, carpeting, remodel of the restrooms, board room renovations and wall infill at the rear of the building.  These necessary improvements would add a cost of $460,500. The board room renovations would allow the move of the current Town Hall Board Room to the Justice Courts so that the current board room at Town Hall could be turned into additional restrooms for employees and guests, a lunch room for employees and necessary additional work space for employees. The current board room is used on Tuesday nights for the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings, and every other Thursday night for the Town Board meetings. The rest of the time this room is empty and sits quietly without use. We need to maximize the use of this room.

The Webster Town Hall, which was built in 1958 and last renovated in 1999, also needs interior renovations of the town hall board room and some security and facility upgrades. The interior renovations will included renovating the town hall board room, office wings, security systems upgrades in and around the building, window replacements, HVAC improvements, door replacements, carpeting (2nd floor), masonry repairs, electrical upgrades, and FF&E which will cost $893,800.00.

The Webster Police Department needs new carpeting, refurbishment of the detention/booking room, plumbing improvements, security fencing, garage improvements, relocate gun locker/tech room improvements and painting for $255,800.

The Parks and Recreation Department is in need of a new Parks Maintenance Building on Route 250 replacing a rented trailer that is currently used, the red storage barn on that property needs siding, restrooms at the Ebner Drive Spray Park, replacement of two HVAC units at the Recreation Building and the addition of HVAC at the Arboretum Building for a cost of $222,000.

Cable Television will need to purchase new equipment for the new Board Room at a cost of $43,000.

The Finance Department and the Department of Public Works needs new and updated software for a cost of $130,000.

Information Technology (IT) services will be putting in a new cell tower for town-wide Wi-Fi improvements for all town owned buildings and a new (town-wide) phone system to replace our old system that we cannot even get parts for any more since it is that old. This is at a cost of $170,000.

The Highway Department is replacing a 33 year old grader for $325,000 and a 25 year old sweeper for $250,000. The current line item in our current budget allows $350,000 each year for new equipment, but having to buy a new plow truck each year for $220,000 does not allow us to budget these items in our normal budget.  If we did that, it would cause us to break the tax cap each year and Webster residents would not be getting back that $150.00 check.

Last is the cost of the bond and other ancillary charges like temporary facilities for rest rooms when we do plumbing improvements, construction manager, design fees, contingencies, asbestos removal, legal/bond cost for $562,815.

The total cost for the Safety Sustainability And Enhancements Bond would be $3.8 million over a 20 year time frame to improve and upgrade our buildings.

A complete video of the bond details can be seen on Cable 12 as Karen Buck has worked very hard to bring this video and information to the Webster residents. We will also be discussing this bond at the next few Town Board meetings if you would like to attend and ask questions.

If you Hire a Snow Plow Driver …

If you are one of the many Webster residents that hire a snow plow driver to plow out your driveway, please make sure that he/she is not plowing the snow into the road way or across the street. This is a violation of Highway Law and your snow plow driver could be issued a ticket and fine. 

The Webster Police and Highway Department will be issuing tickets since this has become a safety hazard on many of the town, county, and state roads within town. Leaving piles of snow in the road way for other drivers to navigate around is not safe and could cause a traffic accident.

Please inform your snow plow driver of your concerns for the safety of others and do not allow him/her to plow snow across the roadway.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor


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