Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Jan 25

Webster S. S. A. F. E. (Safety Sustainability And Facility Enhancements)

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:36 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

What is SSAFE you ask? It is the Town of Webster taking charge in doing proper safety and facility upgrades to our aging buildings and equipment. Over time, upgrades and necessary repairs on the Town Hall and Justice Court Building have gone by the wayside because of lacking funds in the town budget to make these improvements.

The Justice Court building was built in 1974 as the Webster Public Library.  It has been renovated over time to be the home of our Justice Courts, the Special Police and the Webster Community Chest; all worth wide assets to the community. This 47 year old building needs a new roof at a cost of $342,000, plus window replacement, masonry repairs, a new HVAC unit, carpeting, remodel of the restrooms, board room renovations and wall infill at the rear of the building.  These necessary improvements would add a cost of $460,500. The board room renovations would allow the move of the current Town Hall Board Room to the Justice Courts so that the current board room at Town Hall could be turned into additional restrooms for employees and guests, a lunch room for employees and necessary additional work space for employees. The current board room is used on Tuesday nights for the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings, and every other Thursday night for the Town Board meetings. The rest of the time this room is empty and sits quietly without use. We need to maximize the use of this room.

The Webster Town Hall, which was built in 1958 and last renovated in 1999, also needs interior renovations of the town hall board room and some security and facility upgrades. The interior renovations will included renovating the town hall board room, office wings, security systems upgrades in and around the building, window replacements, HVAC improvements, door replacements, carpeting (2nd floor), masonry repairs, electrical upgrades, and FF&E which will cost $893,800.00.

The Webster Police Department needs new carpeting, refurbishment of the detention/booking room, plumbing improvements, security fencing, garage improvements, relocate gun locker/tech room improvements and painting for $255,800.

The Parks and Recreation Department is in need of a new Parks Maintenance Building on Route 250 replacing a rented trailer that is currently used, the red storage barn on that property needs siding, restrooms at the Ebner Drive Spray Park, replacement of two HVAC units at the Recreation Building and the addition of HVAC at the Arboretum Building for a cost of $222,000.

Cable Television will need to purchase new equipment for the new Board Room at a cost of $43,000.

The Finance Department and the Department of Public Works needs new and updated software for a cost of $130,000.

Information Technology (IT) services will be putting in a new cell tower for town-wide Wi-Fi improvements for all town owned buildings and a new (town-wide) phone system to replace our old system that we cannot even get parts for any more since it is that old. This is at a cost of $170,000.

The Highway Department is replacing a 33 year old grader for $325,000 and a 25 year old sweeper for $250,000. The current line item in our current budget allows $350,000 each year for new equipment, but having to buy a new plow truck each year for $220,000 does not allow us to budget these items in our normal budget.  If we did that, it would cause us to break the tax cap each year and Webster residents would not be getting back that $150.00 check.

Last is the cost of the bond and other ancillary charges like temporary facilities for rest rooms when we do plumbing improvements, construction manager, design fees, contingencies, asbestos removal, legal/bond cost for $562,815.

The total cost for the Safety Sustainability And Enhancements Bond would be $3.8 million over a 20 year time frame to improve and upgrade our buildings.

A complete video of the bond details can be seen on Cable 12 as Karen Buck has worked very hard to bring this video and information to the Webster residents. We will also be discussing this bond at the next few Town Board meetings if you would like to attend and ask questions.

If you Hire a Snow Plow Driver …

If you are one of the many Webster residents that hire a snow plow driver to plow out your driveway, please make sure that he/she is not plowing the snow into the road way or across the street. This is a violation of Highway Law and your snow plow driver could be issued a ticket and fine. 

The Webster Police and Highway Department will be issuing tickets since this has become a safety hazard on many of the town, county, and state roads within town. Leaving piles of snow in the road way for other drivers to navigate around is not safe and could cause a traffic accident.

Please inform your snow plow driver of your concerns for the safety of others and do not allow him/her to plow snow across the roadway.

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