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Posted on May 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
I was officially notified that K-Mart will hold a “Going Out of Business Sale” from June 1, 2017 through July 30, 2017 with the store closing its doors at the end of business on July 30, 2017. This is unfortunate for such a long-standing anchor store that has been in the plaza for a long time. It is also very unfortunate for the many that will be losing their jobs come July 30, 2017.
This store closing, along with the 400 Xerox call center jobs that just moved to Irondequoit, just lessoned the job opportunities here in Webster which is never good. On a positive note, I have spoken to the plaza owner who tells me they have a couple prospects to fill the vacant space but was not at liberty at this time to give out any names of stores.
The Town of Webster, as members of the Webster Economic Development Alliance, will work closely with Director Matt Chatfield as we work with the plaza owner to do all we can to reopen this building as a new retail operation as soon as possible.
As times change, filling 60,000 square feet stores to 75,000 square feet big box brick and mortar stores is becoming very difficult because of the changing shopping habits of Americans. With Amazon offering one day delivery and more Webster residents doing shopping online, businesses are not inclined to build these big box stores any longer. Why keep millions of dollars in inventory and employees’ when people will buy online saving the business a mountain of money? Shopping habits are changing and so are the ways Webster residents are going to buy merchandise in the future.
The best way here in Webster to solve this problem is to have many small businesses open in Webster which normally retain employees for longer periods of time. Small business is the corner stone of economic development, and I have heard that there are many new small businesses opening in the Village in the coming months.
A couple of well established business in Webster have already relayed to me that they want to down size their stores to less square footage because their online sales make up more of their business then foot traffic in to their stores. So this trend of closing stores is not, unfortunately, going to cease anytime soon.
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Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on May 15, 2017 at 8:57 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The Town of Webster Highway Department is still making up sand bags at the highway garage located at 1005 Picture Parkway. You can receive these sand bags by driving in to the lot and filling up your vehicle as many times as you need to.
At this time our highway crew has filled over 11,000 sandbags and has been working on Saturday and Sundays to keep the sand bag inventory at high levels. We will continue this effort until the waters recede at a later date.
Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge Access Alternatives Study
The Monroe County Genesee Transportation Council is funding a $75,000 study to look at two alternatives concerning access over Irondequoit Bay. The first option is studying the swing bridge over the Irondequoit Bay outlet, and the other option is to study putting in the ramps off the Route 104 Irondequoit Bay Bridge up to Titus Avenue in Irondequoit which were left out when the bridge was built back in the early 1970’s.
There will be a Public Hearing on this sometime in August, but right now you can take a survey at www.Irondequoit.org and voice your opinion on what you think would be the best way to go regarding these two projects.
Opioid Abuse Awareness
The Webster Town Board, along with The Monroe County Legislature Majority Office and the Webster Central School District, will be hosting a panel discussion with a question and answer session on this growing epidemic in our Webster community. This discussion will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Webster Community Center located at 1350 Chiyoda Drive.
This is serious situation which continues to grow in our community. This certainly needs to be discussed by all of us before we lose more of our precious young residents to this deadly disease. Please join the Town Board on May 31st for this very important panel discussion about Opioid Abuse in Webster.
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Posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:41 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Every once in awhile a conversation comes to Town Board about the land owned by the Village of Webster on DeWitt Road called the Village Well Fields. There are some who would like the town, or the County of Monroe, to take ownership of the property and maintain it as green space that can be used by residents and to keep it free from development.
The Town Board is always looking to take on green space if the price is right and it works with other 1,200 acres Webster has acquired since 1998. Many can remember when Whiting Road, Gosnell Big Field, and Gosnell Big Woods where the first pieces of land acquired by the town. All three pieces have turned out to be great walking and hiking trails thanks mostly to the Friends of the Trails after the donations and purchases by the town.
At this time there are good things and bad things to consider when looking at the Village Well Fields. First, the town does not own the land, the Village does, and there is considerable amount of dollars that would be needed to be spent to cap the well fields. The Village of Webster does not use the well fields any longer. I have heard that the price could be in the $550,000 to $700,000 range to cap the wells, and then you have to consider the removal asbestos in the buildings on the site as well. The Town Board does not think those expenses should fall back to town residents since the Village ran the Village Water business for decades and should have budgeted for these expenses long ago or before they switched to Monroe County Water.
We also hear about residents not wanting this piece to become developed as it is the last piece of available land bordering Irondequoit Bay on the Webster side. The Town of Webster already took steps years ago to prevent this piece from ever becoming developed.
In 2003, when I was a Town Board member and Cathie Thomas was Supervisor, the Town Board passed an Open Space Overlay District on this piece of property. The intent in creating the Open Space Overlay District is to preserve and enhance the Town of Webster’s open space and recreational areas by protecting these natural amenities and restricting development that does not respect these environmentally sensitive areas. The Town of Webster recognizes the value and importance of the resources for the town residents, and therefore strictly limits the development of these areas.
No housing development can take place on this piece of land under this overlay district. There are only a few things that can be legally done here such as a public-owned park, natural wildlife areas, and open space areas. Outdoor recreational facilities such as hiking and bike trails, greens and commons, sitting areas and picnic areas are also permitted. However, since the well fields are currently owned by the Village of Webster, you will need their permission to do these activities on their property.
Another point to consider is that there was a public meeting years ago, when Mr. Charlie Sexton was the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, regarding Monroe County giving the Town of Webster some land next to the Village Well Fields for a park. Area residents came out in force against a park on that two lane DeWitt Road. Maybe feelings have changed over the years, but it would be something to discuss again with local residents in a public meeting before any other steps might be taken.
Since the town has taken this action back in 2003, the Town Board feels very confident that we have taken the necessary steps so that no development will happen in the near future, or until the Village of Webster can figure out how to pay for the needed closures of the wells on the property.