Monday, November 26, 2012

[UPDATED] Week ahead: County budget meetings, West Main Street church discussion

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Monroe County Legislature committees start discussing County Executive Maggie Brooks’ 2013 budget proposal today.

Today’s schedule: Agenda/Charter, 5 p.m., Planning and Economic Development, 5:30; Public Safety Committee, 6. Tuesday: Recreation and Education, 5 p.m.; Transportation, 5:30; Human Services, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Environment and Public Works, 5 p.m.; Intergovernmental Relations, 5:30. Legislators typically ask a lot of questions during the Human Services Committee meeting; that committee oversees some of the largest areas of the budget.

The final committee meeting, by Ways and Means, is next week, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. That’s the annual public hearing on the county budget, and it’s generally where legislators do the heaviest questioning.

Brooks has proposed a $1.2 billion budget. It keeps the tax rate flat at $8.99 per $1,000 assessed value, but raises zoo admission by $1 and raises the amount taxpayers are charged to fund Monroe Community College.

Under the budget, 20 county positions would be eliminated; most of them are vacant. Jeremy Moule

The Rochester Zoning Board meets on Thursday to consider the fate of a historic church on West Main Street. A decision is not expected for about a month, however.

Marvin Maye, owner of the former Westminster Presbyterian Church at 660 West Main, wants to tear down the building and an adjoining house to build a Dollar General store and two additional commercial units on the site. But some neighbors and neighborhood groups say the store would not fit with the revitalization going on in that area of West Main, which borders the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood and Bulls Head in southwest Rochester. They want to find a new use for the church, such as for an indoor mall or west-side performance space.

Preservation Board members offered comments on the proposal at a meeting a few weeks ago, unanimously agreeing that a Dollar General would be a poor fit. But the board’s recommendation is not binding. It is meant as guidance for the Zoning Board, which decides whether the building can be demolished.

Thursday’s meeting is at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street. It’s open to the public. Christine Carrie Fien

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