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East Rochester was originally called Despatch because of its proximity to the railroad. The word came from the name of the first major company to locate here...

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Taken from Chapter 161 ~ Streets & Sidewalks - Article II ~ General Regulations

§ 161-4 It shall be the duty of every owner or occupant of any premises fronting on any public street or grounds to keep the sidewalk in front of the same in good order and repair.

Under this section, the condition of sidewalks shall be determined by the following criteria:

  1. "Hazardous sidewalk" shall be defined as that in which there is a difference in elevation of one-and-one-half inch between a joint or a crack, in the slab or between the slabs, or that a portion of the sidewalk is so badly pitted, broken or deteriorated as to present a tripping hazard.
  2. "Vertically misaligned slabs" shall be defined as a difference greater than one-and-one-half inch in elevation of adjacent sidewalk slabs.
  3. "Pitted slabs" shall be defined as loose or pitted concrete which has resulted in surface irregularities greater than one-half inch in depth relative to the sidewalk surface over more than 25% of the sidewalk slab.
  4. "Cracked slabs" shall be defined as sidewalk slabs with cracks which have resulted in a difference of elevation of one half inch or greater, or more than one crack in a slab, or longitudinal cracks of one-half inch or wider.
  5. "Settled walk" shall be defined as a sidewalk that has settlement of one-and-one-half inch or more over a ten-foot span. The depth of settlement will be determined by measuring parallel to the street on adjacent unsettled walk to the lowest point of the settled walk. Settled walk will not be considered as hazardous if there is proper drainage of the settled area.
  6. "Heaved walk at trees" shall be defined as walk slabs heaved one-and-one-half inch or more by tree roots. Walks will be removed, roots cut, and removed walk slabs replaced. Walk slabs will be arched around larger trees as needed to protect the tree.


  1. If either in response to a complaint or upon routine inspection by the Town/Village, a problem area of walk has been identified, the property owner will be notified and the complaint will be documented as per the requirements of this section.
  2. A representative of the Town/Village will inspect the area, photograph the walk(s) in question, and prepare a written report that shall include the photograph, a description of the problem, and the appropriate remedy for that problem.
  3. The owner of the property shall receive said report by certified mail or personal service. The property owner will be given a copy of the code, an explanation of the timelines for repair or replacement, and a description of the consequences for failing to comply.
  4. The property owner will be issued a permit for the repairs.
  5. The property owner shall have thirty days from the receipt of the Town/Village's written report to make the cited repairs.
  6. Compliance within the timelines for repair or replacement will be noted and documented by the Town/Village. Failure to comply within the timelines will result in the Town/Village making the necessary repairs or replacement. In such cases the property owner will be billed for the actual cost of replacement, and the Town/Village will provide documentation of that cost.


  1. All handicap accessible corner slabs shall be the responsibility of the Town/Village.
  2. Sidewalks and corner slabs on side lots shall be the responsibility of the Town/Village.
  3. Sidewalks damaged by Town/Village employees in the course of their employment or by Town/Village trees as described above shall be repaired or replaced by the Town/Village.

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East Rochester Sidewalk Construction & Replacement Program

East Rochester Sidewalk Construction & Replacement Program Read more

On Tuesday February 27th, 2024 the Town/Village of East Rochester and MRB Group will 
be hosting an informal Public Information Meeting. The meeting is open to residents to stop 
in at any time between 5:30pm to 8:00pm to ask questions with regards to the scope of the 

The meeting will be held in the Jean Daniel Community Center located on the 1st floor 
of the Eyer Building (317 Main Street, East Rochester, NY 14445). 

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2024 Town/Village of East Rochester Board Meeting Schedule

2024 Town/Village of East Rochester Board Meeting Schedule Read more

The Town/Village Boad will hold regular monthly meetings in 2024. Each meeting will begin at 7pm. For the complete schedule, please select READ MORE or download the attached document.

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2024 Town/Village of East Rochester - Holiday Schedule

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After approval of the Town/Village Board, the Town/Village of East Rochester will observe the following list (for the full list, please select READ MORE) of Holidays for 2024. Please note the Town/Village offices will be closed on these days.

The Department of Public Works may work on these days to maintain continuity of operations.

Garfield Street Replacement Project

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On Tuesday July 25th, 2023 the Town/Village of East Rochester held a Public Informational meeting in the Jean Daniel Community Center. The purpose of the meeting was to present the draft reconstruction plan for Garfield Street. This meeting was open to the public and all comments and feedback were welcome. There will no formal presentation, all information has been posted here on the web site.  

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On May 23, 1898, a group of businessmen from Despatch (as East Rochester was known until 1906) met at Branshaud’s Hall on East Commercial Street to set up the first fire department.  On May 29th, the first official meeting was held, and the Despatch Fire District was formed.  During subsequent meetings committees were formed to find estimates for needed equipment, as well as for property and a fire hall.  It was determined that $1800.00 was the amount needed to outfit this first department.  Equipment included:  one dozen rubber coats, boots, and helmets, a hose cart, an alarm bell, a ladder truck, and three chemical carts.  Needless to say, the first fire trucks were either pulled by horses or pulled by hand.

Select READ MORE for the full article on the East Rochester Volunteer Fire Department!


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