A couple of articles about the City of Rochester absorbing the Village of Charlotte which was originally in the Town of Greece.
THE POST EXPRESS
Tuesday, March 16, 1915
CHARLOTTE’S ELECTION DAY; MAY BE LAST
This is election day in Charlotte, its last election day as a separate municipality if the newest annexation bill becomes law. It is not different in all respects from preceding elections at the Port of Rochester.
Two propositions are being voted on. One relates to the construction of a sewer and laterals in Chestnut street. The other caries with it permission for the Guilford Bluff section to use the new Beach avenue sewer by paying 25 per cent, of the cost of enlarging it. It is though both propositions will be carried.
All was quiet at Charlotte according to an up-to-the-minute bulletin at 2:45 o’clock. It is probable that one of the biggest votes ever polled in the lake port will be cast. The total enrollment is 675, at 2:30 o’clock 398 had voted.
MAYOR BEHIND BILL TO TAKE IN CHARLOTTE
ADMITS ANNEXATION IS AN ADMINISTRATION MEASURE.
INCLUDES THE RIVER, TOO
Will Not Become Effective Until Next Year, But School Obligations Will Be Assumed.
>Contrary to a published account of the Charlotte annexation bill introduced in the senate last night by George F. Argetsinger, which intimated that that the bill did not emanate from administrative sources. Mayor Edgerton said this morning that the bill was purely an administrative measure. Although Mr. Edgerton was evasive and non-committal on the existence of the measure when asked about it yesterday, he was quite ready to admit its origin this morning, after it had become a matter of public record in the senate.
Besides providing for the annexing of the entire village of Charlotte, and the Charlotte harbor, the bill takes in the river from bank to bank including 150 feet on the east side to the R. W. and O. and including the boulevard. The portion on the east side of the river is to be added to the Seventeenth ward, while Charlotte is to be constituted the twenty-third ward.
Effective Next Year.
According to the terms of the measure, the annexation will not be effective until January 1, 1916, but the bill provides that the taking over of the school property and obligations in districts 4 and 10 shall be effective immediately and stipulates that after the enactment of the law no assessments for these shall be levied by the town or school districts, no bonds issued except through the authority of the mayor, no indebtedness in excess of $500 contacted, no conveying or transferring of the property by the town, and no contracts let for after January 1st.
In other words, the city if the law passes, will immediately assume all the authority in the school districts of Greece, which are affected by the annexation, although the new territory will not pass within the city boundaries until after January.
A specific provision on the bill is that no street car corporation shall charge more than 5 cents for a continuous ride within the limits of the city of Rochester, Inasmuch as the Charlotte cars run over the Charlotte boulevard, this provides for five cent fares to the lakeside, as the bill further specifically provides that transfers must be issued from all lines to the Charlotte cars.
City to Assume Debt.
The enactment of the law will mean that the city of Rochester will assume all contracts and all indebtedness of the village of Charlotte and the annexed school districts in Greece, which will amount to about $62,000, with means for paying off $21,500 of that amount. This does not include a $35,000 bond issue for the paving of Beach avenue, which is to be assessed against the abutting owners.
The Kodak Park district, St. Barnard’s seminary, Holy Sepulchre and Riverside cemeteries, St. Ann’s Home for the Aged and all other property on either side of the Charlotte boulevard from the present city line to the Charlotte line will remain in the town of Greece.