WEEK AHEAD: Highland Hospital expansion; stopping mass incarceration; Webster project; protecting open space; more


Residents of the neighborhoods near Highland Hospital will get a better look at a proposed hospital addition at a 5:30 p.m. meeting today (Monday, October 20) in the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.

Residents will see preliminary designs for a two-story, 30,000-square-foot addition that would be built off the back of the hospital on what is currently a hospital parking lot at the end of Bellevue Drive.

The expansion would allow the hospital to increase the size of its operating rooms to meet industry standards, says Barbara Ficarra, director of public relations for Highland Hospital. Twenty-six new observation beds would also be added, she says.

The project still needs approvals from the City of Rochester and the State Department of Health.

The Flying Squirrel Community Space has a number of events going on for the second half of its Stop Mass Incarceration programming. All events are at the Flying Squirrel, 285 Clarissa Street. A detailed calendar of events can be found hereBY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

On Tuesday, the State Department of Transportation will hold public sessions on a planned highway project in the Village of Webster.

The DOT is developing plans for Routes 250 and 404 that’ll include resurfacing work, changes to curbing and drainage, and sidewalk and sign improvements, according to a press release from the department.

Village officials have their own $1 million plan for making the same corridor friendlier to bicycles and pedestrians. The DOT will work with the village on pavement markings, including “better on-street bike accommodations” and better left turn lanes from Route 250 onto Ridge Road (Route 404). Some areas are also targeted for changes in lane widths and on-street parking.

DOT plans to do the construction next year.

The sessions will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Webster Village Hall, 28 West Main Street. The public will be able to ask questions and give input on the DOT project.

On Wednesday, the State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a regional workshop and hearings on its 2014 State Open Space Conservation Plan. The plan guides how the state invests Environmental Protection Fund money to protect open space.

The workshop is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by a hearing from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a second hearing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meetings will be held at the State DEC Region 8 headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon.

The Monroe County Legislature will hold a marathon of committee meetings on Wednesday. Normally, the meetings would be held today, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but late last week, all of the chairs rescheduled the meetings.
And this month, the committees will consider a few higher-profile proposals:

• One referral from the administration deals with a pilot program to put body cameras on Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies;
• Two pieces of legislation, introduced by Democrat Justin Wilcox, to set up a task force on sex offender management and create stronger restrictions on where sex offenders can live in Monroe County;
• Another pair of referrals from the administration deals with office space for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. The extension’s current building is in disrepair and would cost too much to fix, according to one of the referrals. The property would be turned over to the county, which will demolish the building and add the land to the park. The other referral authorizes the county to lease space at Seneca Park to the extension.

The meetings start at 4:30 p.m., and are scheduled to last 15 minutes each. The last of the committees is scheduled to meet starting at 6:15 p.m. They’ll all be held in the Legislature’s chambers at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street. BY JEREMY MOULE

Writers and Books, the Center for Justice in Education, the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and several area colleges will present “How Do US Schools and Students Stack Up Against Nations around the World?” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22.

The discussion is part of the sponsors’ “Community-wide Discussion of Issues in Public Education” series and will be held at the Gates Library, 902 Elmgrove Road. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO