Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Dec 21

There are Times when Town Government is Helpless to Help

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM by PattiAnn Schultz

Yes, there are times when the Town Board is powerless to help residents of the Town of Webster. Case in point is the latest complaint from residents along Route 250 about the recent odor coming from the Village Wastewater Treatment Plant.

While I have meet with residents about the odor, attended Village meetings about their issue, had conversations with the Village Mayor about the situation, I and the Town Board are powerless to make the situation go away. It is the Village compositing pile in the Town of Webster that is causing the stir right now. As Supervisor I have no authority whatsoever to make the Village Board of Trustees take any action about the composting in the Town of Webster. Years ago the DEC gave permission for the Village to operate this process at the treatment plant and it would up to them to revoke that permit today.

There were many people at last week’s Town Board meeting that were under the impression that the Town Board could just wave a magic wand and make the Village stop this practice at the treatment plant but we cannot. The Town of Webster itself is not harmed and the Town has no standing right now in any legal matter. The residents who are being harmed by this practice should seek legal counsel to the odor problem which is being caused by the Village Treatment Plant and not the town’s treatment plant which is located on Phillips Road.

While the Town Board is sympathetic and understands the need for closure, we cannot directly help. We can talk behind the scenes to others, we can gather information, we can answer questions to the best of our ability, and be there for support.  However, the Town Board is really frustrated that legally we cannot stand up and use taxpayer’s dollars to prosecute any actions that may need to take place. I just cannot use taxpayer funds in that way and I hope everyone understands that if I could I would help but legally, and according to legal counsel I cannot.

I would also like to clarify that the Town of Webster adds nothing to our composting pile of leaves at the Highway Department that we give back to residents in early spring.  We only turn leaves in that pile and add nothing else to the leaf piles to make them decompose.

Councilman Randy Nelson Retires from the Town Board

On December 17th Councilman Randy Nelson represented the residents of Webster at his last Town Board meeting. Randy took over the last year of Mark John’s term when Mr. Johns went off to the New York State Assembly. Randy then ran for a four year term which he just completed.

On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to thank Randy for his dedication to the Library Board of Trustee’s and his great knowledge of finances during these tough economic times in New York State.

We hope for him to find great happiness in his retirement from the Town Board.

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