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Posted on July 25, 2016 at 9:27 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The annual chip sealing of town roads has begun by our Highway Department and will continue for the next two weeks. The town will be doing 18 miles of roads within the town boundaries along with 15 cull-de-sacks, and 8 miles of roads for the County of Monroe on parts of Salt Road, Lake Road, and State Road.
While this process always brings out the best in residents in their phone messages and phone conversations with the Highway receptionist and my office, this process is the most cost effective we have in preserving our town roads.
At the present time, redoing a road in a sub-division with a complete repave will cost (on average) $15.00 per square foot. To do a micro-pave job the cost is $1.75 to $3.00 per square foot, and the chip sealing costs 8 cents per square foot. So you can see that chip sealing is by far the most cost effective way to treat our roads. We take every effort to have the sweepers out after the chip sealing is complete to take away any excess material left on the roads and cull-de-sacks.
Some residents get very angry over this process and it shows in their verbal conversations with the highway workers trying to complete their jobs, and phone calls to the Highway Department. In fact, some residents are downright nasty in telling us we know nothing about doing our jobs and how much they pay in taxes.
One person recently complained that his $14,000 in taxes should get him paving instead of chip seal, so I took the time to break down his tax bill. Of his $14,000 tax bill 63% (or $8,820.00) goes to the Webster Central School District, 25% (or $3,500.00) goes to Monroe County, and 12% (or $1,680.00) goes to the Town of Webster. Out of the $1,680.00 that goes to the town, 18% goes to the Highway Department (or $302.40) which includes leaf pick-up, snow plowing and maintenance of roads (including chip sealing and drainage work). There is little money left over from this resident’s tax payments to for the Highway Department to even think about spending $15.00 per square foot to repave the road.
When we do repave town roads it is under a complete restoration of the road. This is complete with gutter repairs, and some of that money comes from New York State under their Chips Program to help offset the outrageous high cost of asphalt materials.
Please understand that we are doing the best we can controlling costs and providing you the best services we can for the most cost effective way of doing business for you, the taxpayer.
Need something to do this weekend?
Stop by the Waterfront Art Festival
The Waterfront Art Festival will be at North Ponds Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
There will be around 140 artists surrounding North Ponds Park on the walking trail along with some food vendors for you to sample if you get hungry.
There will also be beer and wine tasting going on in the tents stationed along the walking path. There isn’t any parking at North Ponds that weekend so your best choice is to drive to Xerox for free parking and pick up a shuttle bus back to North Ponds for your days enjoyment.
And don’t forget the Joe Obbie Farmers’ Market
The Joe Obbie Farmers’ Market is located in the Webster Town Center Plaza and is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, baked goods, jams, honey, maple syrup, spice blends, plants, herbs, flowers, and so much more!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt