Week Ahead: Events for the week of Monday, June 8


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Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will deliver her final State of the County address at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The speech will take place at Irondequoit High School, 260 Cooper Road.

If the address is like the speeches that Brooks has given in previous years, it’ll focus heavily on the county’s economic development efforts, its collaboration with other governments and organizations, and its ability to keep the tax rate flat. Brooks will probably also take a few minutes to criticize unfunded state mandates.

Brooks probably will not have a list of new programs to announce, since she’s leaving office at the end of the year. She’s term-limited under county law and can’t seek reelection. Republican County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and Democrat Sandy Frankel, former Brighton supervisor, are running for the job.

Also on Wednesday, voters will decide whether to dissolve the Village of Macedon.

The referendum represents the third time since 2008 that the question has been put to village voters. They rejected dissolution 257 to 228 in the 2008 vote, and then 257 to 228 in 2010.

An analysis by the Center for Governmental Research estimates that village residents could see a 40-percent tax cut by dissolving village government.

But dissolution opponents say that the savings would come at the expense of the village fire and ambulance services, as well its Department of Public Works staff. And the community would lose out on festivals, concerts, and events organized and promoted through Village Hall, they says. BY JEREMY MOULE

A commemoration to mark the 116th anniversary of the installation of the Frederick Douglass monument in Rochester will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Highland Park bowl. The event is free and open to the public.

The event includes live music and is sponsored by the Friends of Frederick Douglass Freedom Festival Committee.

The statue was unveiled in 1899 at St. Paul Street and Central Avenue downtown. It was dedicated by Theodore Roosevelt, then-governor of New York State. It was relocated to the Highland Park bowl and rededicated in 1941.

Representatives of City Hall and the Aldi discount grocery chain will speak at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 533 Humboldt Street.

Aldi plans to put a new store on the corner of Blossom and Winton roads in the North Winton Village neighborhood in southeast Rochester. Some residents oppose the plan, saying that the store is a poor fit for the neighborhood, and unnecessary as there are other grocers nearby. 

It will be interesting to see if Aldi unveils its new plans for the store. The initial plan submitted to City Hall would’ve required more than a dozen variances to gain approval. Aldi reportedly has revamped the design, but hasn’t shared the changes yet.

Also, that night, Captain Lloyd Cuyler will speak on the police reorganization and introduce the officers assigned to North Winton Village.

A public meeting will be held on the Mount Hope Cemetery master plan from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, in the cemetery’s gatehouse, 791 Mt. Hope Avenue. The meeting will be in the style of an open house. 

According to the city’s website, the master plan will “consider every aspect of the cemetery’s landscape and use.” The goals are to preserve the cemetery as a significant cultural landscape, prolong its use as an active cemetery, and to conserve the cemetery’s trees and strengthen its horticultural importance, the city’s website says. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN