Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Mar 25

Sidewalk project on Ridge Road continues …

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 7:36 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

The 1.47 mile funded NYSDOT funded Ridge Road sidewalk project continues to move along to construction later this fall. The $1.4 million project will include new sidewalks, on-road bike lanes, street lighting, and landscaping improvements. The sidewalk from Five mile Line Road to the Village of Webster will be connected so that residents will be able to walk or bicycle from the Village along Ridge Road to Five Mile Line Road after competition.

This project will be connecting with some sidewalks that where put in last year after the competition of the Hard Road and Five Mile Line Road intersections. Also, as part of the towns planning process, businesses along this corridor are required to provide sidewalks that the town will be connecting to. Such businesses are Webster Plaza, which installed sidewalks on their property, and Towne Center which also has provided sidewalks along Holt Road as part of the approval for the project.

Before my time as Supervisor, both Republican and Democratic Supervisors made the town-wide decision that sidewalks were not needed in the Town of Webster. Instead they invested taxpayer monies in the well invested Webster Police Department. They decided to invest in protecting all of Webster instead of providing sidewalks in areas as subdivision where being built.

The Town of Penfield, on the other hand, took a different approach. They decided to go with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department which is paid for in our county taxes and not take the cost of a police department in their town local tax bill. This left them with the money to provide sidewalks throughout their town. As you can see, these are two different thought processes, with two different outcomes.

The Webster Police Department cost to residents is about $1.90 out of their $5.16 per thousand Webster tax bill. The Penfield tax rate is at $2.78 per thousand without the added expenses of a police department. The difference is that Webster residents have a dedicated police force and not the high cost to maintain sidewalks. Again, two different thought processes.

Now if an older subdivision wanted sidewalks, the Town of Webster would be more than happy to form a sidewalk district for them and bond the needed cost to provide sidewalks to that subdivision. The payment of the bond would then be put on the area resident’s town tax bill for twenty years or until the bond was paid off. We can also do this with street lighting inside subdivisions if residents wanted to pay the cost of the lighting bill annually.

I have heard that some residents think that it is now the town’s responsibility to go back and undo what was done years ago by providing a sidewalk plan to “re-sidewalk” the entire Town of Webster. This will be a nightmare in the way of raising your town taxes. At $35.00-$50.00 per square foot of sidewalk, it will cost millions of dollars to re-sidewalk Webster’s 261 lane miles of roads. Just the Ridge Road project alone is costing $1.4 million for 1.47 miles of sidewalk. I am sure that you can imagine how much it would cost to re-sidewalk the town.

This is not even taking in to consideration the upkeep and maintenance of the sidewalks in future years, and what the Highway budget will need to be to accommodate this yearly. So, homeowners must balance the cost of the sidewalks with the increase in taxes on their property in the years to come.

This is a daily balancing act that the Town Board and the Department Heads face between services, safety of bicyclists and walkers, and tax dollars. Unfortunately, 100% of Webster residents are not always going to agree on the solution.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor


Mar 18

Preserved Lands in the Town of Webster

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 9:41 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

Recently the Town of Webster published a new town-wide map called “Preserved Lands in the Town of Webster”. The map shows six different categories of preserved lands that Webster has.

  • Village Well Fields                                  43.43 acres
  • Purchased Development Rights             438.09 acres
  • Monroe County Park                              540.34 acres
  • Tax Incentive Open Space                     682.54 acres
  • Park Districts Lands                            395.26 acres
  • Town Owned Parkland/Open Space     1,030.19 acres

        Total =    3,129.85 acres currently preserved

The Town has hung these new maps inside the Town Hall and the Town Board Meeting Room inside the Justice Courts building. In May we will publish the map in the Town Times for all residents to look at.

Open Space is always a hot topic, and I wanted to make our residents aware of exactly what your Town Board has done over the past 20 years to preserve lands in Webster for future generations. I often hear that the Town Board is not saving enough green space, but you cannot make that statement unless you understand how much the Town of Webster already has.

More lands than not are currently being offered for sale in Webster for one very simple reason and that is the $ 40.56 per thousand combined tax rate amongst the Webster Town Board, Webster Central School District and Monroe County. This tax rate is up exactly $ 1.00 per thousand over last year or up $ 191.00 on the average assessed home in the Town of Webster. Last year the Town of Webster went up $ .06 cents per thousand, Monroe County went up $ .46 cents per thousand and the Webster School District went up $ .48 cents per thousand which equals your $ 1.00 per thousand increases on your tax bill for 2019.

Now the reason open space owners are selling their lands is the very simple fact they cannot afford to pay $40.56 per thousand assessed on land just sitting there for others to look at and enjoy. How many of us could afford to pay a tax bill each year on land that is just sitting there? I for one could not do that along with my other monthly commitments, could you?

Please do not fool yourselves in to thinking that a new Comprehensive Plan is going to save green space in town. If someone feels they cannot afford their land, no Comprehensive Plan is going to stop them from selling regardless of the zoning, etc., because if you cannot afford it, you cannot afford it. How many are going to disagree with the fact that the three combined tax rates in the Town of Webster are just too high for the average homeowner and anyone who owns open space in town?

The only way Webster can again save a lot of green space is to again bond up to $5 million to purchase what available lands we could purchase at a discounted land value rate and also raise town taxes in doing so.

For example, the former Webster Lumber yard has 70 acres of land for sale. I have called and they want $4.9 million for the property. So my question to the Webster community is are you willing to bond and raise taxes in town to own this piece of land?  

The Town of Webster will continue to seek and obtain Open Space like we did this year with the no cost acquisition of North Ponds Park from New York State and the 80 acres of Open Space given to the town at Salt Road and State Road by a developer in that area. We will also continue to use cluster development as a tool to bring extra parklands to developments in town as they are developed for enjoyment of residents living in that subdivision.

The Town of Webster has a direct link to the Open Space map on the website. The link is:
http://www.ci.webster.ny.us/546/Town-Open-Space

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor


Mar 04

Experience + (2) Judges = Webster Justice Court

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

There was a news story recently regarding the experience level needed to be a Town or Village Judge. The premise was that no experience is needed for this elected position, and that lack of knowledge can lead to misconduct. I felt it would be prudent to show our residents the vast legal experience and knowledge our Webster Town Justices have, which makes them more than qualified to hold their elected seats. Webster has two elected Town Justices in the Hon. Thomas DiSalvo and the Hon. David Corretore.

All non-lawyer Town Justices are required to take initial training before taking the bench. All Town Justices must complete a minimum of 12-hours of yearly training. For Webster, both of our Town Justices are practicing attorneys with law degrees. Much of what they do in private practice mirrors the same type of cases that are before them in Town Court.

Many residents may not be aware of what our Town Judges are responsible for on a day-to-day basis. The Town Judges handle misdemeanors through a bench or jury trial, and felonies through preliminary hearing or presentation to grand jury. In fact, anyone arrested in Webster from felonies and misdemeanors, to town code violations are brought before our Town Judges. Other responsibilities include:

- Make determinations for setting bail or releasing someone

- Sentencing people, ranging from unconditional discharge to one year in jail

- Issuing orders of protection

- Sending people to drug court, veteran's court or mental health court

- Dealing with violations of conditional discharges or probation

- Presiding over landlord/tenant and small claims cases, and Town Code violations

- Handle arraignments, at all hours, including nights, weekends and holidays

- Conduct weddings

Getting to know your Town Justices:

Judge David Corretore

Judge Corretore has been a Town Justice for 31 years, beginning in 1988, and has presided in over 85,000 cases. He is a graduate of Albany Law School and has been a practicing attorney since 1983. He was admitted to Practice Law in NY State Courts in 1983, and a year later he was admitted to Practice Law in Federal Court (Northern District of NY). Judge Corretore has been a practicing attorney in the Village of Webster since 1985. He is a member of the Magistrates' Association for Monroe County and New York State. Over the years he has also served as an Acting Rochester City Court Judge and an Acting Irondequoit Town Justice. As a Webster Town Judge, he has conducted over 1,000 weddings!

Judge Thomas DiSalvo

Judge DiSalvo has been a Town Justice for 18 years, beginning in 2001. He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and has been a practicing attorney since 1983. Since February 1983, Judge DiSalvo has been in the General Practice of Law which involves trials and appeals of misdemeanors, felonies and civil matters, along with real estate, family law, wills and estates. He was an Adjunct Faculty member at R.I.T. from 1981 - 1991 where he served as an Instructor of Business Law. In Webster, he served as a Conservation Board Member from 1993-1995, and as Webster Deputy Town Attorney from 1995 - 2001. Judge DiSalvo is a member of the Monroe County Magistrates Association, where he is currently a Trustee, as well as, Past President. He is also a member of the New York State Magistrates Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. Additionally, Judge DiSalvo has numerous published Legal Decisions in the NY State Reporting System and many published articles.

Residents can be rest assured that the court system in Webster is run by two very experienced and knowledgeable Town Justices. Both of our Town Justices are attorneys that are admitted to practice law in New York State. Our community is well served by Judge Corretore and Judge DiSalvo, and I appreciate their dedication to their elected positions, and to our Webster residents.

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 supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us  

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Supervisor