As warmer weather approaches and folks start their spring time lawn maintenance, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the Town's new brush pick-up schedule. Details are below, but we've tweaked our schedule and dedicated a second vehicle to brush pick up detail.
Another recent change is the Library's new initiative to waive late fees for child and teen materials. Rochester City Newspaper covered this new policy and the full article is linked below.
Lastly, our Director of Recreation Katrina Hall sat down to talk about the growth in our recreation programming, the challenges of our current facilities and the opportunities our new Irondequoit Community Center will provide for residents of all ages. Katrina and our entire Recreation Team have been an invaluable part of the planning process for getting the new Community Center up and running, and the video below is a great look at all they do for our us.
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|Town Brush Pick Up Schedule The Town will begin our 2021 Brush Pick-up program on Monday, April 5th and continue through mid-November. Pick-up throughout the Town is broken down by quadrant. In the coming weeks, you will receive a postcard in the mail that specifies your quadrant and pick-up dates, but you can also see which quadrant you live in by clicking here.|
Your cooperation is appreciated with a few simple requirements: For Town pick-up, brush should not be tied in bundles Limbs must be six feet or shorter in length Branches, logs or stumps must be less than 6 inches in diameter Leaves are not picked up by the Town. Please do not mix leaves in with acceptable brush, as they will not be picked up. Please pile your brush in an accessible area that is not blocked by parked vehicles, mail boxes, trees or telephone poles
Brush is picked up throughout a two week period in each quadrant based on the map below. The pick up dates are also listed below:
Northwest Quadrant (NW) is the corner of Town between the lake, the river, Kings Highway on the east and Seneca Park Avenue, including Totem Trail, Cooper Road and Titus Avenues on the south. Pick-up Dates: April 5th, May 3rd, May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd, September 20th, October 18th
Northeast Quadrant (NE) is the area between Kings Highway and Irondequoit Bay and between Route 104 and Lake Ontario. Pick-up Dates: April 5th, May 3rd, May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, August 23rd, September 20th, October 18th
Southwest Quadrant (SW) encompasses the area of Town between Ridge Road East and Titus Avenue, between Kings Highway and the Genesee River, including Fairview Crescent and Sachem Way and south of Seneca Park Avenue. Pick-up Dates:April 19th, May 17th, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st
Southeast Quadrant (SE) covers the areas bordered by the city, the bay, and Route 104. Pick-up Dates:April 19th, May 17th, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st
| City Newspaper: Irondequoit waives library fines on items for children and teens Below is a portion of an article written by Rochester City Newspaper's Dave Andreatta about the Irondequoit Library's new two-year pilot program waiving late fees for children and teen materials. You can read the full story on Rochester City Newspaper's website. |
Supervisor Seeley also shared his thoughts on this new initiative on his Facebook, which you can see by clicking here.
"The Irondequoit Public Library is closing the book on charging fines for overdue materials geared toward children and teenagers, becoming the first suburban library in Monroe County to follow a trend sweeping libraries nationwide.
The reprieve, which is to begin Monday, is a two-year pilot program that the library expects to make permanent in time. The program would do away with late fees of 35 cents a day, but patrons would still be responsible for replacing items deemed lost.
Library Director Greg Benoit explained that the new policy is intended to promote access to books and other services the library offers to young people who cannot afford to pay the penalties for late returns.
“It’s actually very common for us to have a teenager come to the library . . . and then we find that when they go to check out items that they need for school or even for leisure reading that they have fines on their card from five, six, seven years ago that they are on the book to pay but are preventing them from checking items out,” Benoit said. “More often than not, these teenagers were small children when those fines were assessed to their account.”
...Benoit said eliminating fines during the pilot program will be covered by a $25,000 state grant and a 5-cent increase in the cost of photocopies. But ultimately, he said, the library expects to phase out the fines for young patrons altogether.
“Truthfully,” Benoit said, “we don’t need that 35 cents as much as we need our children to enjoy the process of learning.”
| Irondequoit Recreation Director Katrina Hall on the future Community Center Irondequoit Recreation Director Katrina Hall sat down to talk about how our recreation programs have outgrown our current facilities, and about the future of the Irondequoit Community Center at Skyview on the Ridge. We are still looking for your ideas on the types of programs to be offered! Please consider taking a moment to complete the Programming Survey before April 16th by clicking here: https://bit.ly/irecsurvey|