Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Sep 24

Looking at the 2013 Budget – Part II

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

This will be the second installment of my review of the town departments evaluating staffing and the needs for each department before the final 2013 Budget is finalized. In the coming weeks I will continue to update Webster residents on the workings of the budget and how the Town Board prepares the 2013 Budget.

Highway:
Highway is the back bone of the budget in the regard that without snow plowing, the town would come to a standstill in the winter months. We currently have one department head along with 38 men and women working in this department and we are currently down four employees. They maintain all the roads, drainage, snow plowing, leaf pickup and culverts in the town. Conclusion: We have over 20 snow plow routes in the town that are covered by these 38 employees and with taking in to consideration sick time, vacations, and disability time, we cannot afford to down size the department any farther. We can ill afford any staffing cuts here or service will suffer. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

Information Technology:
There is one department head and one part-time employee in this department. They take care of all computer, phone and internet services to all of our departments all around town. In this age of technology this is a daunting task each and every day here. Conclusion: This department absolutely needs more help going forward but budget restraints will not allow that to happen at this time. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

Library:
The Webster Library is one of the most used libraries in all of Monroe County. There is one department head (Library Director) who oversees a full-time staff, part-time staff and numerous volunteers to help provide service to all who enter. Last year the Town Board cut some money from this department and in return Sunday hours where cut from their schedule. Looking to next year I have been informed that Saturday hours might be increased to offset Sunday’s being closed. The men and women of the library do an outstanding job of providing services to the community. Conclusion: The Library is a mainstay of this community and we will continue to support the Library with funding as needed and as the Town Board deems necessary. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

Parks and Recreation:
This department does an exceptional job in providing services to the seniors, youth and the community in the way of fitness and providing opportunities for exercise. Our summer programs give thousands in our town an avenue to participate in activities that they normally would not have been able to. With the new Parks and Recreation complex there are numerous programs for many residents to get involved in and to enjoy. The parks division is in charge of taking care of 1,086 acres of open space that the town has acquired over the last ten years. The employees of this department work very hard on cutting the grass, and maintaining the beauty of these acres and parks around town. Conclusion: With one department head (Commissioner), one Deputy Commissioner, 15 full-time employees and over 250 part-time workers in the summer months, this department provides service to the Webster community all year. Revenue generated by the programs just about pay for this department itself, and does not require much investment from the community. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

Police:
The Webster Police Department continues to serve the Webster community 24-hours a day, seven days a week. There is one Chief with 28 men and women who are sworn to “Protect and serve” our town. Last year there was a reduction in the force due to retirements and the Town Board cutting back on the number of officers it had on staff. The department is an Accredited Police Department by New York State and does an outstanding job of protecting the residents of the town. Conclusion: The current force under the Chief is pro-active in enforcing the laws of the state and town and continues to over achieve in serving the residents of Webster. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

Sewer:
This department is staffed with very knowledgeable men and women who care deeply about wastewater treatment in the Town of Webster. I understand that most Webster residents do not clearly understand what happens after you flush your toilet, but these dedicated employees care about the environment and being responsible to the Webster residents while caring about Lake Ontario at all times. Conclusion: This department is staffed correctly to provide the services to the Webster residents in the way of wastewater treatment and are rated one of the best in all of Monroe County. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

Town Clerk/Tax Department:
This department is where you pay taxes and pay to receive hunting, fishing licenses and where you come to get handicap permits. The Town Clerk is also the keeper of all important records and does the marriage licenses within the town. Dog licenses are also a major function of this department along with giving out helpful information to our residents who call town hall. Conclusion: The department has one department head, three full-time employees and three part-time employees who staff this department. Any decrease in employees would result in a decrease in service and longer waiting in lines for service. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

This concludes my two part review of the Town of Webster departments. Please keep reading as I know that there will be more to come in the next few weeks as we continue to prepare the 2013 Webster Town Budget.

As always, should 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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us

Ronald W. Nesbitt
Webster Town Supervisor