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Posted on July 17, 2017 at 8:27 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The annual chip sealing of town roads has begun by our Highway Department and will continue for the next two weeks. The town will be doing 15 miles of roads within the town boundaries along with 17 cull-de-sacks, and five miles of roads for the County of Monroe on parts of Jackson Road, Whiting Road and County Line Road.
While this process always brings out the best in residents in their phone messages and phone conversations with the Highway receptionist and my office, this process is the most cost effective we have in preserving our town roads.
At the present time, redoing a road in a sub-division with a complete repave will cost (on average) $15.00 per square foot. To do a micro-pave job the cost is $1.75 to $3.00 per square foot, and the chip sealing costs 10 cents per square foot. So you can see that chip sealing is by far the most cost effective way to treat our roads. We take every effort to have the sweepers out after three days when the chip sealing is complete to take away any excess material left on the roads and cull-de-sacks.
Some residents get very angry over this process and it shows in their verbal conversations with the highway workers trying to complete their jobs, and phone calls to the Highway Department. In fact, some residents are downright nasty in telling us we know nothing about doing our jobs and how much they pay in taxes.
One person recently complained that his $14,000 in taxes should get him paving instead of chip seal, so I took the time to break down his tax bill. Of his $14,000 tax bill 62% (or $8,680.00) goes to the Webster Central School District, 25% (or $3,500.00) goes to Monroe County, and 13% (or $1,820.00) goes to the Town of Webster. Out of the $1,820.00 that goes to the town, 18% goes to the Highway Department (or $327.60) which includes leaf pick-up, snow plowing and maintenance of roads (including chip sealing and drainage work).
When we do repave town roads it is under a complete restoration of the road. This is complete with gutter repairs, and some of that money comes from New York State under their Chips Program to help offset the outrageous high cost of asphalt materials. The Town of Webster does one major road construction project each year which includes new gutters and repaving. For 2017, the road project is Gasberry Lane, Daventry Circle and Coleburg Circle.
Please understand that we are doing the best we can controlling costs and providing you the best services we can for the most cost effective way of doing business for you, the taxpayer.
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
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on July 10, 2017 at 3:21 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
Now that the 4th of July holiday is over, construction has resumed at Town Hall building. All of the exposed asbestos has been removed, and now the crews have started on demolishing walls, ceilings, and floors.
There will be new restrooms for men and women installed, along with the updating of offices and the common rooms all around town hall. The new door entries are being installed so the wind does not catch the doors and break them anymore. There will also be more security put in place for our employees’ safety. Cameras will be installed in the building common areas and overlooking the parking lots for security of all.
The Police Department is seeing a complete face lift of their operation complete with cameras, new booking area, new locker rooms for the officers, upgrades to the detention area, and new flooring throughout the department.
At the present time, our working arrangement in the Van Ingen Court Building is working out well for our employees. We all have given up some privacy in our new location, but everyone seems to be handling everything with a smile and in a professional manner. I would like to thank all of our Town Hall employees for their understanding and patience during this time of construction, and I promise the future will be brighter when Town Hall is complete.
Webster Waterfront Art Festival
The Waterfront Art Festival in its third year here in Webster and will be held on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30th at North Ponds Park. There will be various vendors there selling their wares around the beautiful setting of the ponds at North Ponds both days.
Also available will be food trucks and entrainment for your listening and dining enjoyment. There is a FREE shuttle service to North Ponds Park available if you park your car at the Xerox parking lot on Phillips Road (across from Webster’s Parks & Recreation facility), then take a bus back and forth from there to North Ponds Park.
This has been an extremely popular event the last two years, and I hope Webster residents spread the word and once again come out and support the Webster Waterfront Art Festival.
Posted on July 5, 2017 at 8:41 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
On Wednesday, July 12th, for my Electronic Town Meeting I will have as my guests on the show the four foremen that work and oversee the Town of Webster Highway Department and its employees. The “Men of the Highway” are Jeff Kujawa, Joe Kasper, Joe Marrapese and Paul Fennell. They will be answering questions about all aspects of the Highway Department and the jobs they do during the various seasons of the year.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Cable channel 12 if you have a cable box, and channel 5.12 if you have a direct wire into your television. Please tune in and learn exactly what these hard working Webster employees do on your behalf each and every day throughout the year either plowing snow, fixing roads, picking up leaves, doing drainage, filling sand bags and any other related work for the town.
Coming Soon … The Webster Waterfront Art Festival