Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Aug 19

Car Charging Stations at Parks & Recreation

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:53 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

This past week the Town Board announced that two electric car charging stations will be installed at the Parks and Recreation Building, located at 1350 Chiyoda Drive (off Phillips Road). The Town was able to obtain a grant from New York State to offset some of the cost of this project, with the Town picking up some of the cost for installation of the conduit.

The Town Board investigated other towns within the County, like the Town of Penfield and The Town of Irondequoit, which have already installed these devices.  These towns received a positive response from residents regarding the installation.

Now, here in Webster after the announcement was made, I have heard from a few residents that our idea to install charging stations is not a good one. Their reasoning is that the Town Board is unnecessarily wasting taxpayer dollars on a segment of the population in our community that own these type cars.  While I understand their thinking, I must look back on other projects the Town has done over the years and reminisce that I have heard this same line of thinking before.

When the Recreation Building was built, we received comments such as, “I don’t use that building so why should I pay for that out of my taxes?”. When we remodeled the Justice Courts we heard, “I have never gotten a ticket so why should I pay for that out of my taxes?” Or the time we took out the bond to remodel the Webster Public Library we heard, “I never go to the Library so why do I have to pay for this in my taxes?”  All these comments are valid, and I can see their perspective.

However, my point in recalling all these concerns is that we are a community and it takes a lot of different ideas and opinions to create the Town of Webster and to determine the direction the town will go in to the future.  For example, you may not use our Recreation Center for exercise, but you may attend a public meeting or event there.  The same goes for these charging stations.  While you may not own an electric car now, if you choose to in the future, the stations will be there for your use. 

Our town has many different ideas, languages, races, lifestyles, and ages which all make up our Webster community. Not everyone will always agree on every decision the Town Board makes, but you can always trust that the Town Board is making decisions for the benefit of all Webster residents, not a certain few.

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


Aug 12

Congratulations!

Posted on August 12, 2019 at 10:18 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

This past week Town Board members Deputy Supervisor Patti Cataldi and Barry Deane attended the graduation of four new Webster Police Officers!

As in past years, the Webster Town Board has found that the best way to keep our Webster Police force at current staffing levels is for the town to put police candidates into the Police Academy for nine months and then three months of field training. By doing this we are able to choose officers from the Webster and surrounding areas that meet the qualifications and standards of being a Webster Police Officer.

This past Friday Kyle Arseneau, Matthew Coppa, Tessa Frate, and Robert Snook officially graduated from the Police Academy, as they all passed the academy training requirements and field training with another Webster Police Officer present.  

The Webster Town Board has found that advocating for new police officers in this manner instead of always looking for transfers from other police departments is the most beneficial and cost-effective way to replace Webster Police Officers that retire or leave our ranks.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kyle, Matthew, Tessa, and Robert, and welcome them to the Webster Police Department! On behalf of the Webster community, we wish you a safe and long career here in Webster.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection

The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES), the Town of Webster and the Town of Penfield has joined forces to hold an appointment only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection.  This collection will take place at the Webster Highway Department, 1005 Picture Parkway, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Most HHW (paint, flammables and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.

To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are required at all HHW collections.  Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until September 13th. To schedule an appointment, Webster residents call 872-1443 (Monday–Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.); Penfield residents should call 340-8710 (Monday–Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), OR go on-line to http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw to schedule your appointment. This Household Hazardous Waste collection is open to all Monroe County residents. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

Up to 30 gallons of the following materials will be accepted per appointment at no charge:

Oil-based & Latex Paint (for 1/3-gallon or less of latex paint: discard lid, add kitty litter, let dry, place can in trash)

Wood Stain & Preservatives

Automotive Fluids (antifreeze; brake, power steering and transmission fluids)

Pesticides & Fertilizers

Flammable Products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)

Household Cleaners (liquid soaps & waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)

Driveway Sealer

Pool & Photo Chemicals

Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries

Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)

Syringes/Sharps (safely packaged)

 

PLEASE Do Not Bring: used motor oil & vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer); Pharmaceutical wastes, Propane tanks (permanent HHW facility only), cans with dried paint (if it rattles when shaken – remove lid and place in trash); empty containers (trash or recycle); everyday alkaline batteries (trash); glazing/spackle & joint compounds (trash).

If residents are unable to take advantage of this one day HHW collection, the County offers other collections throughout the year. For more information, or for business waste disposal options, call DES at 753-7600 (option 3), or go on-line at www.monroecounty.gov/hhw

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


Aug 05

Construction at Hatch and Ridge Roads

Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:35 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

For residents who haven’t been following the story line of the construction of the new County Max at the corner of Ridge and Hatch, you may be surprised to see the fallen trees and landscape dirt being moved around the last couple of weeks.

The history here is that Ridge Road is the commercial corridor of the Town of Webster, and this piece of land has been commercially zoned for over 30 years. Three gentlemen purchased the property in 2001, and have paid Town, School and County taxes on the land ever since.

An opportunity came along for them to sell the property to County Max, and to put a store on land that is zoned commercial in the Town of Webster. It went through the town process at the Planning Board level and received approval months ago.  They also needed approval from New York State because of wet lands on the property.  After recently meeting those New York State requirements, they were given permits to start construction.

Now the social media speculation has begun, and misinformation often takes over.  To clarify, this project went through the proper process to get the required permits and necessary approvals.  This land was never deemed as open space, or "forever wild," which is not a term that exists in our Town code. 

At no time could the Town of Webster or the Town Board have stopped this construction from happening because it was properly zoned commercial, and the Town of Webster never owned the property.

The land had a Ron Seitz for-sale sign on it for at least ten years and no one wanted to purchase the land to preserve it or to pay the taxes on the land.  The gentlemen who owned it for years sold it to County Max, who contacted them to build one of their new prototype buildings here in Webster.

The Town is always looking to preserve more open space for our residents.  However, this parcel was in a commercial area, and not very conducive to a park or trails.   

So that’s the story. There were no back room deals, and the process took place right in front of the Planning Board.  All Planning and Zoning Board meetings are shown on Cable channel 1303 and streamed on the Town's website every Tuesday night for residents to watch. The process was transparent and open to anyone who had questions or concerns.  Many neighbors did attend these meetings to voice their opinions and questions to the Planning Board and the developer. 

If you ever have a question about what is happening around town or what is taking place with a certain piece of property, the best way to find the accurate answer is to contact town hall or my office.  Additionally, the Planning and Zoning Board meeting agendas are always posted on the Town's website, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages.  The Town of Webster is transparent, we follow the law, we follow the Webster Town Code, and always strive to bring the best possible projects to Webster. 

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