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Posted on October 15, 2018 at 8:55 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
On Thursday, October 18th, is the Public Hearing on the 2019 Webster Town Budget. The meeting will be held in the Town Board Meeting Room located in the Justice Court Building at 7:30 p.m.
If you have questions or concerns about the proposed budget, this would be the time and your opportunity to ask the Town Board. After tonight, the final adoption of the 2019 Webster Town Budget will be held on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the same location.
Corner of Ridge Road and Hatch Road Development
Lately it seems that regardless of the type of development (a residential subdivision or a commercial development), some residents are not happy with any type of growth in Webster. Whether its location, traffic, trees being removed or environmental issues, they do not want development to take place. This is a “double edged sword” as there are laws in this country that protect the rights as a homeowner with land ownership, and those same laws protect the rights of someone trying to build on land that is zoned appropriately.
In the case of the property at Ridge Road and Hatch Road, this piece of property has been zoned commercial since 1968 when I, and others, took hayrides from the land owner at that time. The current owners, three gentlemen who have owned this property since 2001, understood when they purchased it that it was zoned for commercial development and have paid their town, County, and school taxes accordingly. They also understood it was zoned for a commercial development and took the time and effort to market the property as such for 17 years.
Just like any homeowner on Eastwood Circle, Knobel Drive, or Cedar Rock there was time and effort put in to explore where you wanted to invest your home ownership monies. In your investigation of the area you would have discovered that the corner piece of property is in the commercial corridor of the Webster Comprehensive Plan and subject to a commercial business going onto that site.
Now that the property owners have found a tenant that meets the requirements of the Town of Webster’s Comprehensive Plan, many residents in the area of Hatch Road are against the project. They have raised their voices against town government for not protecting their home ownership rights or doing something to stop the project.
Many have even suggested using the vacant K-Mart building as an alternative site. This is a good suggestion, however the K-Mart building is privately owned and has already been rented (the name of the new tenant has not been announced yet by the developer). Another option that was voiced is the site of the former Rite-Aid, just purchased by Walgreens. They have yet to contact the town over their thoughts on that property which is, once again, privately owned and not up to the town to just place a business there.
The owners of the property at Ridge Road and Hatch Road made an investment back in 2001 on properly zoned commercial land. They are now exercising their rights to sell the land to a commercial business. You and I might not like it, but it is permitted under the law. If the town denied them on the grounds of zoning, the Town of Webster would be sued.
Now if the land was not zoned commercial and it was zoned for residential homes, I guarantee that there would be the same outcry and there would still be the same problems currently talked about. There would still be perceived traffic issues, trees being removed, environmental concerns, and the location on Hatch Road and Ridge Road would still be an issue.
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 October 9, 2018 at 10:37 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The full 2019 Town of Webster Budget is in this issue of the official newspaper of the town, the Webster Herald. It is delivered to all residential homes in town so that Webster residents can have the opportunity to review the 2019 Budget before the public hearing.
The Town’s 2019 Budget can also be found on the Town’s web site www.ci.webster.ny.us for your convenience and reading pleasure. The public hearing for the 2019 Budget will be on held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room, located at 1002 Van Ingen Drive in the Justice Court Building.
Please, if you have questions or concerns about the 2019 Webster Budget, contact me or any Town Board member for answers to your important questions.
Leaf Pick-up for the Town of Webster is almost here!
The Town of Webster Highway Department will start the annual Leaf Pick-Up on Monday, October 22, 2018, weather permitting. They will make every effort to pick up on a weekly basis until the week of Monday, November 26, 2018, when they will make one final pass throughout the town, starting from the West side to the East side.
This may not take a full week and depends on the amount of leaves needing to be picked up. Any leaves collected after that will have to be bagged and left for your trash collector.
Please DO NOT place leaves in the road or in the gutter. Placing the leaves in the road and gutters is illegal and creates an unsafe condition for drivers as well as pedestrians. It also increases wear and tear on our leaf machines as the leaves cannot dry out after a rain event and slows down the leaf pick up operation. Placing the leaves in the gutters also clogs the catch basins and can result in flooding during a rain event.
If you have any questions regarding the Leaf Pick-up, please contact the Highway Department at (585) 872-1443, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
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
Posted on October 1, 2018 at 10:41 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The Town of Webster and Village of Webster collaborated on a joint study regarding our two Waste Water Treatment Plants. The purpose of the study was to determine if any savings could be achieved by consolidation of the two plants. The study has been received by both the Town of Webster and Village of Webster and recently, at a Town Workshop, the Town Board went over the plan with our consultants Barton and Loguidice. We look forward to having a joint meeting with the Village of Webster in either October or November to review the study. This meeting will be televised on Cable 1303 for all Webster residents to view and discuss. When the date for the meeting is scheduled, we will make sure to post the date on the Town's web site and in the Webster Herald well in advance of the scheduled meeting.
High School Revisited
On Saturday, September 22nd I attended the R.L. Thomas High School reunion for the graduating Class of 1968! There were 472 students and I just happen to be one of them. It was an outstanding event, and I enjoyed reminiscing and getting reacquainted with many friends and colleagues.
Pastor Samme Palermo and his team of 22 alumni provided us all with a good time and a lot of laughs. I gave an overview of Webster through the past 50 years, and we all had stories to tell about our high school years at R.L. Thomas.
The sad part of the evening was recalling the 60 class members who have passed away in the past five years, along with the many members who could not be located. It was a great reunion with many friends and I had a great time visiting with those at my table including Bob Mills, Eric Foote, Kit Bower, Dave Cole, and Johnny Byam.