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Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Aug 22

N. I. M. B. Y.

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 10:47 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

This acronym is being used quite a bit here in Webster lately. For those that do not know what it means, it stands for Not In My Back Yard.  The reason I bring this up at this time is because Webster residents are increasingly becoming upset with development within the town that comes near to their home or business.   

One such development that has been in the news lately is the selling of farm land at Salt Road and State Road by Mr. Dean Schreiber. Mr. Schreiber has owned the land for many years and has the legal right to sell the land for farming, but residents are upset that he is even considering doing this. I am not talking about other aspects of the application here; I am talking about the basic rights of a landowner to sell his land for what the land is properly zoned for. The rights to a property come with the ownership of it, not one’s proximity to it.

Another property that soon will be in the news is property on Holt Road that has over 50 acres for sale right now in the $2 million price range. Someone, at sometime in the near future, will be purchasing that property and coming to the town to build senior housing, as that is what the property is zoned for. When that happens, I can guarantee that I am going to hear the outcries of NIMBY because trees may come down, wildlife will move on, traffic will increase, and Webster residents will be upset with government for not doing something to preserve these lands.

Case in point: the property on Hard Road that currently is being built into senior townhouses and senior apartment homes drew many comments as the land owner, who was a taxpayer for 20 on the property, sold his investment property for a profit to a developer. Many residents complained about losing trees, and one resident even told me I took dinner off his table because he could not hunt there anymore, which by the way, this was not his to hunt on.  Yet the only one that paid the taxes was the person who legally had the right to sell the land. However, many Webster residents screamed for government intervention to preserve the lands. Government is not always the answer to all of the problems.

This is happening more and more now in Webster as development in town continues and Webster residents scream NIMBY. It was OK when they where building their home, or the their business dreams, but now that someone else wants to enjoy what Webster living is about, and we should not allow it. 

Another reason I bring this up right now is that in my 21 years on the Town Board, the expectations of Webster residents on development in the town have hit a feverishly high demand of government that cannot be met.  If you truly want to preserve land and stop developments in the Town of Webster, you have two options. 

Option 1: have the Webster Town Board pass a bond to purchase all of the vacant lands in town so that all of the current available and developable land can never be further developed.  Please note that this is a very real option that will increase town taxes significantly.  However, you (the tax payer), will have all the open land.   

Option 2: you and your neighbors can purchase any piece of property that you deem to be subject to development. You can form a LLC Corporation amongst your neighbors, buy the land and pay the taxes.  This way you will have that space for your use as long as you have your home or business. 

Town government is handicapped on doing or stopping development within the town if the land is zoned for development as Holt Road is, Hard Road was, Publisher’s Parkway is, North of the Expressway is, along with other pieces in town.

So before you purchase a piece of property or are going to build in Webster, please stop in to the Building Department or my office for the facts on the surrounding areas that can be built on. Do not take the word of others that tell you, “That piece of land will be forever wild”, without documentation.   Get all of the facts before you buy so you do not end up being a NIMBY later. 

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  

Ronald W. Nesbitt


Aug 15

Senior Housing in Webster

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 9:56 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

I heard it again last week, “I don’t like all the senior housing being built in Webster we are turning in to Irondequoit.” Being considered a senior myself, I cringe when I hear statements like that.  It is as if that person is not going to get old and possibly want to down size to a smaller residence. 

Yes, there has been building of a few senior projects in the last couple of years in the Town of Webster.  This is because residents that have spent years growing a family and paying taxes in the community want to stay in their community and be close to their family and friends. Sometimes a death in a family can lead to a spouse not being able to maintain the current residency and there becomes a need/want for a place that has no yard work and little maintenance. Or sometimes health problems lead to not being able to climb stairs any longer and they need a single level home to live in.

Other times, as in my case back in 2010 when I became sick, I wanted to make sure my wife was not left with the chore of selling a big four bedroom house, or the upkeep of a huge yard and swimming pool. So I set out to make sure her life would have been made easier if something did happen to me (thank God I kicked that cancer!).  We purchased a townhouse in a senior living community and I have never looked back; especially knowing that my wife will be comfortable having this place in the future and living in her hometown of Webster.

Now, we are very fortunate Webster to have two outstanding nursing care communities.  There is Maplewood in the Village of Webster and Cherry Ridge on Ridge Road.  These two facilities take care of residents who are in need of special attention during their later years and both of these facilities do a wonderful job of providing a multitude of caring services so that families do not have to worry about their care all of the time.

We also have CDS on Hard Road and Holt Road that carters to our specially challenged residents, and they also provide a much needed service to our community. Both of the facilities at CDS on Hard and Holt Roads are full, and CDS plans on expanding sometime in 2017 – something that I encourage for Webster.

Last are the complexes, townhouses and apartments, which have been built in Webster to house the seniors who want an active and independent life style. The Legends, located on Holt Road, is almost filled to capacity.  The new project on Hard Road is already at 40% occupancy and I have heard nothing but rave reviews about living there. The townhouse senior projects on Holt Road are completely sold out as is the one on State Road.

Housing in Webster is a balancing act between single family homes and other styles and types of development. As seniors move from their homes to other types of living, this leaves single family homes on the market for first time buyers to start their dream of living in Webster. For someone that wants to build a new home, we still have many new subdivisions being built in town with all types of different houses and price ranges.

So, just remember, when you think that there are too many senior living communities, they too spend money to help our economy and they too need a place to stay.  Just remember, someday you too will become aged and may need this as well.

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  

Ronald W. Nesbitt


Aug 08

Breaking Ground and Grand Openings

Posted on August 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

Ground Breaking

This past Saturday, I and Town Board members Patti Cataldi, Barry Deane, and Alecia Mazzo attended the ground breaking ceremonies of the Challenger Miracle Field right here on field number two at Ridge Park.

The attendance for this outstanding event was 300 people who came participate in the day’s festivities. The new Miracle Field will only be the third such field in all of New York State which will provide sports activities for challenged boys, girls, men and women of all ages.

The Town of Webster has donated the field and future maintenance to the Challenger Miracle Field Association to make this dream come true. The Town Board looks forward to the Grand Opening of the Challenger Miracle Field sometime in the spring of 2017.

Grand Openings

Last week the new Five Below store opened to great reviews in Towne Center, and this past Sunday over 100 people were standing in line for the ribbon cutting of the new Michaels store also located in Towne Center.

This is the first expansion in the Rochester area for a Michaels store in the past eight years.  I was told that Michaels has been looking for a site in Webster for at least ten years. I guess that this dismisses the myth that Webster is not a good place to come to when stores wait ten years to find the right location to settle in 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  

Ronald W. Nesbitt


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