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Posted on April 18, 2019 at 1:50 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
With the new New York State dates for election primaries this year, and the fact we will have Webster Central School Board elections coming in May, I thought it would be a good time to inform and review the temporary sign ordinance that is in the Town of Webster Code book.
The temporary sign ordinance considers all signs that will be put up in Webster on a temporary bias. It does not matter if it is a political sign or a business sign or a school board candidate sign; if it is going to go up for 45 days or less it needs a permit. This is not a free speech matter as the Town of Webster is not limiting your free speech. However, we are regulating how long these signs can be up and when they must come down, to keep the Webster landscape void of sign pollution. There is an administrative fee for the time and effort of town staff to administer this service.
I understand around election time in November and in May when the School District has their annual budget vote that signs pop-up all-over town in the right of ways, our Building Department receives many calls to see if these are legal and how many signs one can have on one’s property. All the details are in the Town Code # 178-6 and I will post it for you here so there is no dispute about the content.
Also, please see number (5) that clearly states, “no temporary sign shall be in the right of way of any Highway”, which means the feeder roads in Webster or the 104 Expressway. These are public properties not private properties.
Last year there where many election signs and School Board candidate signs at the intersections of the feeder roads in Webster and along the 104 Expressway. These signs, according to Town Code, are in violation and can be picked up by the Building Department.
No temporary sign shall be in the right-of-way of any highway or closer than 10 feet from the edge of the pavement, or on any public property. No sign shall block or obstruct any fire hydrant.
§ 178-6Temporary signs.
A sign permit for temporary signs which are advertising or business signs as defined in § 178-3, supra, may be granted for a period not to exceed 45 days, and a sign permit for temporary signs containing noncommercial messages may be granted for a period not to exceed 90 days,
provided that such signs are not attached to fences, trees, utility poles or the like, and further provided that such signs are not placed in a position that will obstruct or impair vision or traffic or in any manner create a hazard or disturbance to the health and welfare of the general public.
A temporary sign shall not be illuminated, nor shall any lighting device be used in connection therewith.
Temporary signs advertising a commercial business shall be placed only on the property where such commercial business is located.
In nonresidential districts, the maximum surface area for all temporary signs shall not exceed 80 square feet per parcel, and the maximum surface area for any one temporary sign shall not exceed 16 square feet, and in residential districts, the maximum surface area for all temporary signs shall not exceed 40 square feet per parcel, and the maximum surface area for any one temporary sign shall not exceed eight square feet.
No more than two temporary sign permits shall be issued per parcel per year.
An administrative fee shall be paid by the applicant upon the issuance of a permit for each such sign or group signs pursuant to the fee schedule established by the Town Board from time to time. In addition, the applicant will deposit an amount, as established by the Town Board from time to time, as a cash deposit based upon the total square footage of the signs to ensure the removal of any such signs at the expiration of the permit and upon the applicant providing written certification that the sign has been removed. If the sign is not removed within five days after the expiration of the permit, the cash deposit shall be forfeited to help defray the cost of enforcement.
The Building Official shall have the right, at any time, to remove any sign which is placed in the right-of-way. The applicant, at the time of applying for the permit, must certify that the applicant owns the property where the sign(s) will be placed or has the permission of the owner(s) to place such sign(s). The Building Official shall have the right to remove any sign which is placed on any property without permission of the property owner.
In order to maintain safety on the roads and highways in the Town of Webster, to prevent trespassing and unwanted entry upon private and public property, to prevent unsightly visual pollution, and to promote the general well-being of the residents within the Town of Webster, the applicant must provide the location(s) where the sign(s) will be located and a contact person(s) for the location(s).
A sign promoting a specific charitable, philanthropic, religious or civic event must be applied for to the Building Official as a temporary sign under this section. This subsection shall apply to all signs not otherwise referred to or regulated in § 178-5A(5).
In the event of a violation of any of the foregoing provisions of this section, the Code Enforcement Official shall give written notice, specifying the violation, to the applicant and the named owner of the land upon which the sign is erected, with such written notice sent to the addresses as stated in the application for the sign permit, to conform or remove such sign. The sign shall thereupon be conformed or removed by the owner of the sign and the owner of the land within three days from the date of said notice. In the event that such sign shall not be so conformed or removed within three days, the Code Enforcement Official shall thereupon revoke the permit, and such sign and supporting structure shall be removed by the applicant and /or the named owner of the land, or removed by the Code Enforcement Official, and the cash deposit forfeited.
Any questions on this ordinance please call the Town of Webster Building Department.
Pharmaceutical Waste Pickup
There will be a pharmaceutical waste pickup at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 226 Phillips Road, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any unused, unwanted or expired medication is taken for disposal. No appointment is necessary.
If you do not feel comfortable with your personal information on the bottles, you can remove the pills and put them in a plastic bag for us to dispose of.
Items accepted include any unused, unwanted or expired medication such as prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medication, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, samples and medications for pets.
Items that are NOT accepted include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, or liquids, thermometers, needles (sharps) and medication from businesses or clinics.
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
Posted on April 15, 2019 at 11:11 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Even as an elected official, sometimes work and real-life cross paths when you least expect it. This happened with my wife and granddaughter on Monday April 8th. While driving south on Five Mile Line Road at Hightower Way, a pickup truck turned right in front of my wife, causing a major accident. As a result, I got to see the other side of the emergency services that I work with on a daily basis, and the experience gave me a higher level of understanding and appreciation for the work that our First Responders do. I am very grateful for the amazing care and compassion they gave my family.
I want to give a big thank you to our First Responders from the Webster Police Department, and the West Webster Fire and Ambulance Departments. The ambulance crew was just fantastic to my granddaughter, who was very shaken up, and suffered a broken ankle. They took the time to calm her down before her first ride in an ambulance to Rochester General. The Webster Police officer along with a New York State Trooper comforted my wife and explained the paper work details to her before Barth Towing took both totaled cars away.
This accident happened at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and the number of volunteers and First Responders on site to direct traffic and clean up the accident site was amazing. I can't thank you enough and appreciate what you do every day for all the residents of Webster.
Webster residents are truly blessed to have such dedicated First Responders who serve us each and every day. Next time you see a First Responder thank them for their service, because I can tell you I will never forget the help they just gave my family!
Mulch is Available at Town Hall
Spring is here and that means that the Town of Webster's annual mulch pile is at Town Hall! Every spring the Town of Webster Highway Department delivers tons of mulch to the parking lot at Town Hall so that Webster residents can retrieve leaf mulch for free for home use. For the past year this mulch has been composted by the Highway Department employees from leaves picked up from resident’s yards.
Please remember that no machinery or equipment is allowed to load the mulch. The mulch is free to Town of Webster residents. No contractors or landscapers please. This is 100% leaf mulch. Nothing has been added to the mulch.
NEW THIS YEAR the Highway Department is offering home delivery service of the mulch. The cost of the delivery is $50.00 and can be scheduled by stopping by the Highway Department to fill out a form, schedule a delivery time, and pay for the delivery.
The Highway Department will continue to replenish the pile in the Town Hall parking lot until the tons of mulch are depleted in the upcoming weeks. The mulch will be restocked as needed and only available while supplies last.
Pharmaceutical Waste Pickup
Posted on April 8, 2019 at 10:15 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The 2019 -2020 New York State budget passed last week but it gave nothing new to the Town of Webster. We did retain the $140,000 state aid that we receive each year to help offset some costs, but we received no extra money in the way of state aid. The Webster Central School District did receive more state aid to operate the school system, but the Town of Webster received nothing to help with our infrastructure, buying of new equipment, or adding sidewalls to the town.
The 2% tax cap was made permanent but it is not a true 2% each year. This rate is tied to inflation which makes the 2% number a moving target each year for towns to anticipate and balance their budgets. This is difficult to do not knowing what the number is until halfway through the budget year.
I am also having problems with Governor Cuomo’s math. He said that New York State stayed under the 2% tax cap but his numbers do not prove that. In 2018-2019 the state budget was $168.3 billion and a 2% increase of that would be $3.36 billion right? However, his 2019-2020 budget is $175 billion, which minus $168.3 billion, leaves $6.7 billion which is not 2%. This is the way I learned math back in 1968 at R.L. Thomas but maybe the Governor does math a different way?
According to our New York State Senator the new budget includes $1.4 million in new taxes and fees plus many new unfunded mandates passed on to the towns and county governments. The new progressive Democratic majority has led us to more tax and spend government, with more give-a-ways that will, in the future, put more of a burden on our kids and grandkids. With a shortfall of $2.3 billion in revenues just in December, it is a clear why so many are leaving New York State so quickly. If there is a downturn in the economics of this country or a downturn in the stock market anytime soon, New York State will be in big trouble without substantial reserves to tide us over until the recession turns again. It is only a matter of time here in New York when more residents leave the state and taxes and fees will be higher on those who remain.
No major businesses are coming here because they want to be in New York; they are coming because New York State and counties within the state are offering big tax breaks to entice business to come to New York State. These tax breaks are actually only your money from your left hand pocket that the New York State gives away to keep business in New York from leaving for more friendly states. It truly is a sad way that the Governor and his Democratic majority are running New York State in to bankruptcy with their only saving grace is to tax us more to keep the state a float.