Monday, April 15, 2013

[UPDATED] Week Ahead: College Town grocer wants tax breaks; learn about the Common Core; RCSD budget meeting

Posted by on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Update, Tuesday, April 16: According to a spokesperson for Monroe County, Meliora Provision Co. pulled its application from this month's COMIDA agenda because they are still working out details with College Town's developer.

The company looking to build a grocery store in the future College Town project on Mount Hope wants sales and mortgage tax exemptions. Meliora Provision Co. will be making its case to the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency at noon on Tuesday, April 16, in the Watts Conference Center, 49 South Fitzhugh Street.

It will be interesting to see how COMIDA handles the application in the wake of the just-passed state-level IDA reforms, which limit exemptions for retail projects. Meliora says its project qualifies because “it will provide a product or service to the area that otherwise would not be available, and it creates jobs.”

One local reporter calls B.S. on the first part of that argument.

According to the application, the 20,000 square foot grocery store would create 44 full-time jobs. Cost of the project is approximately $2.7 million, and Meliora is asking for $179,897 in exemptions. Christine Carrie Fien


The Rochester school board will meet on Superintendent Bolgen Vargas’s proposed budget for 2013 to 2014 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

Some parents and teachers have raised questions about art and music programs in elementary schools, since the budget recommends increasing offerings in some schools and decreasing them in others to provide more consistent districtwide coverage.

The meeting is in the district’s central office at 131 West Broad Street.


There will be special Parent Academy meetings to educate parents about the new statewide Common Core curriculum. The new curriculum will raise the education standards in core subjects, according to state education officials.

Meetings are on Thursday, April 18; from 10 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. All meetings will be held at 30 Hart Street. To register: call 262-8621 or online at www.rcsdk12.org. Tim Louis Macaluso


Two events this week will focus on scientific aspects of high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the Rochester Committee on Scientific Information will host two presentations. Richard Young, a geological sciences professor at SUNY Geneseo, will make a presentation titled “Hydrofracturing: The Geologic Discussions are too Superficial.” And Thomas Shelley, a chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist, will make a presentation titled “The Health Effects and Other Hazards of Hydrofracking.” The event will be held on the RIT campus, in the Xerox Auditorium, which is in Building 9.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Karl Korfmacher, associate professor of environmental science at RIT, will present a seminar: “Assessing Emissions from the Transport of Sand, Water, and Waste in High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Activities.” The seminar will be held in 2-110D Dewey Hall on University of Rochester’s River Campus. Jeremy Moule

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