Monday, January 26, 2015

WEEK AHEAD: Public forum on city schools' budget gap; beyond the Inner Loop; food truck meeting

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:54 AM

The Rochester City School District will hold an open house to discuss the current budget gap — estimated at more than $40 million for the 2015-2016 school year. The event is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at the Montessori Academy on the Freddie Thomas Campus, 625 Scio Street.

The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present “Inner Loop Reconstruction,” at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27.

Joni Monroe, executive director of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, and Roger Brown, creative consultant with RRCDC, will talk about how filling in a portion of the loop will encourage sustainable growth and create a more livable downtown. The event is the Central Library, 115 South Avenue. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO 

Rochester City Council will hold a public forum at 5 p.m. today (Monday, January 26) on outdoor vending operations. The meeting is in Council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street.

The city launched a downtown food truck pilot program in 2013. The program was extended to February 2015 while the city develops a permanent program. The purpose of tonight’s forum is to solicit feedback on the recommendations for the permanent program.

Changes are proposed for both food trucks and food carts, including $1,000,000 liability insurance requirements for both. The downtown fee for trucks would increase to $1,000; outside of downtown would be $330. The fee for carts would not change.

City Council should vote on the permanent program at its February 18 meeting. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

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