Monday, March 24, 2014

WEEK AHEAD: Community report card; RCSD budget; bus stop hearing; harbor management plan; more

Posted By on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

The Rochester Area Community Foundation’s ACT Rochester initiative will release its third annual community report card at a press conference Thursday morning.

The report card will spell out regional trends in several areas. Previous report cards included information on health, public safety, poverty, children and families, and the economy.

The information will be available at www.actrochester.org, which also has the past report cards.


The county Charter Review Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Watts building conference center, 49 South Fitzhugh Street.

The committee, which has been meeting since June, has been developing a set of recommended changes to the county charter — the set of laws laying out the organization and operation of county government.

The committee’s recommendations include mostly minor tweaks, though a few proposals are more significant. For example, committee member Jared Lusk recommended changing the charter to replace the county’s Civil Service Commission with a personnel director.

Some members of the public have offered suggestions, such as changing the charter to allow for a more independent redistricting process.

Ultimately, the County Legislature has the final say on proposed changes. None of the recommendations can be implemented unless a majority of legislators vote in favor. BY JEREMY MOULE


Parent to Parent will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, to provide more information on the controversial Common Core curriculum. The meeting is at Minerva Deland School, 140 Hulburt Road in Fairport.


Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas will present his proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year at 6 p.m. today, Monday, March 24. This is one of several presentations Vargas has made concerning the budget. The budget has a nearly $50 million gap, he says.

The meeting will be held at the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO


Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority will hold an information session about a bus stop optimization study currently under way. It is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, at the RGRTA John G. Doyle Jr. Administration Building, 1372 East Main Street. A second session will take place in May.

The study will provide RGRTA with information that will be used to analyze current RTS bus stop locations in an effort to improve safety, traffic flow, and service for customers throughout its service area and parts of Wayne County.

During the session, attendees will receive information about the study’s goals, scope, and schedule. Information resulting from the meeting will be posted online and used to make future decisions about bus stop sign locations.


The City of Rochester’s Department of Environmental Services will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, to gather comment on the Harbor Management Plan. The hearing will be held in the Port Terminal Building Waterside Room, 1000 N. River Street.

The goal of the plan is to recommend a structure for and provide direction to a management entity for the Rochester Harbor that will oversee operations and events, facilitate and promote sustainable economic development and tourism, preserve the natural environment, seek opportunities to upgrade the infrastructure, and collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety.

More information: www.cityofrochester.gov/hmp.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief Michael Ciminelli will be among the featured panelists at a community forum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, 500 Genesee Street. The public is invited to this free event.

The topic of the forum is "Improving Public Safety through Personal Responsibility." The event is sponsored by the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN 

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