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Posted on March 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The Webster Town Board would like to congratulate the Open Party candidates on winning the Village election on Tuesday. Bill, Barry, Patti, Randy and I look forward to working with Mayor Cahill along with Trustees Byerts and Ippolito on continuing to grow and develop a strong relationship between the Town and Village. In fact I extend a lunch date to them at any time in the future to sit down and discuss Town/Village issues.
Looking back on all the talk about water during this Village election only takes me back in time to 1996 when I first arrived as a newly elected Town Board member. At that time the main issue in the town was softer water by town residents. A forty year contact with the village was at the half way point and the town had an option to get out of the contact with the village.
We talked and discussed with the village our concerns to get softer water for our residents and the Village Trustee’s at that time were adamant that their water was good for Webster residents and they put their foot to the ground about making any changes to their system.
We offered the Village two choices at that time: (1) to blend village water with water from Monroe County Water Authority to make the water softer, or (2) for the Village to buy water wholesale from the Monroe County Water Authority for around $1.82 per 1,000 gallons at that time, add 25 cents per hundred thousand gallons for profit for the Village’s efforts for billing and proceed on to signing a new forty year contact. The Village rejected any and all offers from the town.
In calling the Monroe County Water Authority today I found out that Webster is the fourth largest water user in Monroe Country with 12,857 customers. In addition, Webster residents and businesses use over 891 million gallons of water as of 2010. Using 25 cents per hundred thousand gallons the Village of Webster could have profited a yearly amount of at least $222,750.00 for forty years. This revenue certainly would have helped the village stabilize the Village Water Department.
Add to that the thousands of dollars uselessly spent on lawyers to achieve softer water for Webster residents, the recent Village discussion on water brings back bad memories for me.
Relay for Life
Remember the Webster Relay for Life is fast approaching on June 1st. From the event coordinator Robyn Whittaker, the event committee is still working on building the Relay Neighborhood network of teams. They are having a team captains meeting on the 28th of March at the Holiday Inn Express at 5:30 p.m. if you would like more information or would like to sign up a team.
This is an important event to stamp out cancer and any help the Webster community could give would be helpful. Any questions please contact Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall will be Closed
The Webster Town Hall will be closed on Friday, March 29th in observance of the Good Friday holiday. We will reopen on Monday, April 1st ( April Fool’s day) at 8:30 a.m. for regular business.
If you 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 email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt