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Posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:32 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
There was an article in last week’s Democrat & Chronicle newspaper that mentions one of the hot areas in Monroe County is the Town of Webster. The article sites that home sales were up 6.5 % and the median price increase went up 6.3 % from $182,500 to $194,000.
Last year the Town of Webster issued 104 new single family home building permits with a permit valuation of just over $20 million. Many people would say, “Wow! How come my taxes aren’t going down with that amount of growth and assessment value?” The simple fact is that $20 million only nets the Town of Webster $100,000 in new taxes which does not cover the cost and benefits of one new police officer. With the town’s tax rate being so low, the town does not gain a lot of tax dollars on each new home in Webster.
In 2017, the Town of Webster issued 91 permits for new decks, 89 permits for new fences, four permits for detached garages, 21 permits for gas fireplace or inserts, and 155 permits for generators in residential areas. In the summer time we had 33 permits for above ground pools and 29 permits for pools in ground. There were 122 permits issued for new roofs, and 56 permits for renovations in the town.
As you can see this is only a portion of the permits the Building Department gives out in any one year. However, this also shows the residents how busy Webster continues to be in the way of new construction and renovations.
It Never Ceases to Amaze Me …
Last week 30,000 Webster residents were eligible to vote in the Webster Central School District vote, and that was not counting the residents from Penfield in the WCSD. Only 2,800 residents decided it was worth the time to either vote on the budget or to vote for the four candidates running for office of School Board that will guide the school budget in the coming years. Personally I find this just deplorable.
Last November, when I ran for re-election, over 12,700 town residents came out to vote. Residents showed a real interest in who was going to lead the town and the low tax rate of $5.10 for the next two years. However, when it comes to voting on the WCSD budget that has the biggest impact on your household budget ($24.91), the majority of Webster residents stayed home.
I understand that many feel that the school budget is, "for the kids”, but if you did not vote it should go to reason that 27,200 residents just lost the right to complain about high taxes in Webster. In my opinion, if you could not do a simple task as vote, you should not complain.
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 email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt
Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
This past Saturday, despite the ever changing weather, the Town of Webster town-wide Open House was a success! I saw many familiar faces and many new, too, that came to the Town Hall to see the new renovations, tour the Justice Courts and the new Town Board Room, take a shuttle to tour the Highway Department, Parks & Recreation, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
There were various exhibits set-up by our First Responders. Our own Webster Police officers were talking with residents about gun safety and driving under the influence. The WPD Records Unit created “wanted posters” and the Irondequoit Police Volunteers created finger print cards for the youngsters in our town. Our Animal Control Officer was showing how he can safely capture wildlife and the occasional pet that may be loose. Our own Special Police were available to help direct visitors along with answering any questions on how to be of service. Northeast Joint Fire District and the West Webster Fire Department were on hand with trucks to look at and climb on, along with a demonstration of how to remove an injured person from a vehicle. Thank you to Wilbert’s Premium Auto Parts of Webster for donating the vehicle for the responders to use.
The Webster Emergency Medical Services ambulance was also on hand to let visitors see what the inside of an ambulance looks like. Other participants were the 401st Civil Affairs Battalion, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Emergency Communication (911), Monroe County Traffic Safety, the Human Society of Rochester, Ron Barth Towing and Arango Towing. I do believe the one exhibit that made the most impact was the vehicle roll-over demonstration by the New York State Police of what can happen when you forget to wear your seatbelt in a vehicle. There were delicious eats provided by North Coast Catering and our friends at Hegedorn’s donated ice cream for all to enjoy.
Even though the weather was a challenge, I think that everyone who took part in the Open House enjoyed themselves and took away a better understanding of what our First Responders do to help keep us all safe. My sincere thanks to our Webster Police Chief Joe Rieger for coordinating this event, and a very big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped to make this Open House a successful event for our community!
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Posted on May 7, 2018 at 8:31 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The Town of Webster will have a lot of road improvements coming this summer and there might be delays when traveling in and around Webster. The Monroe County Department of Transportation will be overseeing five different road projects in town this year. All of these projects are milling and resurfacing projects which are federal aid projects.
From Schlegel Road north down Phillips Road to Lake Road we will see new water lines, extended shoulders of the road, and repaving of the road with completion done by the end of the year.
Phillips Road from State Road to Route 104 will be repaved.
Klem Road from Bay Road to Holt Road will be repaved.
Gravel Road north from the Route 104 overpass to Klem Road will be repaved.
Holt Road from the Route 404 overpass to Klem Road will be repaved.
The Town of Webster Highway Department will be working on several town roads this year.
trained (asphalt taken up and put right back down).
The Town of Webster Highway Department will also be working on major drainage projects this year:
Drug collection was a SUCCESS!
There were 212 cars that traveled to the Wastewater Plant on Saturday, April 28th that allowed us to collect just over 600 pounds of expired and unwanted over the counter and prescription drugs. This certainly goes a long way to safely dispose of these drugs before they fall into the wrong
hands. Thank you to all who participated! Look for the next event this fall, and if you have any expired and unwanted over the counter and prescription drugs that need to be disposed of before then, there is always the red drug collection box at the Town Hall by the Police Department entrance for your convenience.