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Posted on October 30, 2019 at 9:20 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
On Thursday, October 17, 2019 CEA Farms put in an application to the Building Department to have a hearing in front of the Planning Board about building a Lettuce Farm on State Road.
The applicant has the right, as any other town residents do, to present a plan to the Planning or Zoning Boards and get a hearing on their application. The presentation to the Planning Board does not make it right or wrong. The presentation gives the applicant the opportunity to have a hearing and present their facts to the Planning Board. Residents will also have the opportunity to speak at the Planning Board meeting for or against the presentation.
CEA Farms has informed the town that they will have informational meetings on this project on Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Webster Thomas High School, located at 800 Five Mile Line Road, Webster. There will also be a presentation at 10:00 a.m. at Thomas High School Saturday, November 9th. Residents are encouraged to attend these meetings to see the presentations and ask questions about the plan given to the Planning Board.
Contrary to what some residents might think, under the law this is a Planning Board issue and not a Town Board issue. The Town Board will not have a vote on this project. This is just like any other issue involving the Planning Board, if the project does not need a rezone it is not heard by the Town Board. For example, recently the West Golf Course was sold, and the project went to the Planning Board because the site was already zoned for residential housing (and has been for decades). The farm project site will stay a farm/agricultural in the future, so the Town Board does not need to be involved and has not been involved to this date.
Some have said I am at fault for this project coming to town and I should stop it. The only hand I had in this project coming to Webster was at least a year ago CEA Farms asked me for lands available to build a lettuce farm on and I gave them all available lands in Webster including Xerox. As your Town Supervisor, I do this all the time when a business or a restaurant wants to come to Webster.
I sincerely hope residents take the time to hear what is being presented and ask questions at the above informational or at the Planning Board meetings.
I have received two phones this past week asking about changing the term of the Supervisor on this year’s voting ballot and going to “term limits” for the Supervisor’s office.
The answer to these questions is addressed in New York State Town Law 24-a. It clearly states that a majority of the Town Board must vote on a motion to have a referendum on changing the term of the office of the Supervisor. This can only be done in an election year that the Supervisor is running in, so November 5, 2019 is out of the question.
The next possible time voting could happen on term limits would be if the Town Board had a super majority vote to set a referendum on the ballot in November 2021. If the residents of Webster passed such a resolution at the voting booth in 2021, term limits would not take effect until after the election of 2023.
So, any discussion of term limits right now is premature before the residents of Webster have had their say at the ballot box.
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 21, 2019 at 11:31 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The annual leaf pick-up in the Town of Webster will begin on Monday, October 28, 2019 and continue through November. We are hoping for better weather then last year when snow came early and interrupted our leaf routine for early snow plowing.
Please put leaves to the curb, NOT in the road or gutter, for pick-up as our Highway Department crews come by. Putting leaves in the road could cause accidents and could clog drains and cause flooding in your streets. It is best to just put the leaves at the edge of your lawn for pick-up.
The Highway Department works very hard picking up leaves in Webster and transporting them back to the Highway garage to become leaf mulch in another two years. This is a very labor intense six weeks with the town hiring extra help to rake and vacuum leaves though out Webster.
The cost of leaf pickup alone will be over $300,000 with labor, gas, and equipment. Just recently leaf pick-up machines have gone from a cost of $19,000 to a cost of $38,000 because of new emission controls required on these machines by our Federal Government.
Our best advice to Webster homeowners is to get the leaves to the curb as soon as you can after they have fallen on your yard so we can gather them up before another early snow fall which will always hamper our service. The mixture of snow and leaves is a combination that does not do well inside the machines, as I am sure you can imagine.
Also, please refrain from calling the Highway Department or Town Hall on when your street might be on the schedule for leaf pick-up. We have no set schedule except from going from the west side of town to the east side of town many times over. We will also post on the town’s web site and in my Webster Herald column when the last week of pick up will be.
Please be patient as this is a long and demanding process by our Highway Department who do the best job possible for our Webster community. My hats off to them for doing a job that many other towns in Monroe County have abandon over the last ten years.
Posted on October 15, 2019 at 9:55 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
This coming Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Webster Town Board will take up the approval of the 2020 Town Budget which will lead the way in our spending and revenues in the next year.
We had two budget meetings in August where residents could come and ask questions about the budget, we held one in September, and we also held one just two weeks ago. We only had one resident speak about the new budget and that was with positive comments.
Since June 1st, the Town Board has been working with the Department Heads to put together a budget that served the needs of Webster taxpayers and control the tax rate. In the town, the tax rate will go up six cents per thousand, and in the Village the town tax rate will go up one cent per thousand; not counting what the Village tax rate is for Village residents.
On top of the low tax rate increase, the Town of Webster has been notified by the State Comptroller that Webster has a 0% stress level on their budget. This is the lowest in Monroe County amongst all towns and the Town Board is delighted to acquire such distinction.
The Town Board also stayed under the New York State Tax Cap by over $15,000 which will be applied to next year’s tax cap. Again, this shows Webster residents the diligence the Town Board and the Department Heads puts in to completing a town budget with all the components considered to provide Webster with a balanced budget and stable tax rate.
If you have questions about the 2020 Budget, you can attend the final budget hearing on Thursday night, or call my office at any time and I will be happy to explain anything to you.