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RECORD BATAVIA BOARD MEETING SETTLES 'WOODEN POST' BATTLE

The Batavia Town Board, in what may have been the longest meeting in town history, finally put to rest for $600 a lingering controversy over a row of small wooden posts in front of a Park Road restaurant.

By a 3-2 vote, the board agreed to reimburse Alex Giuliani for damages allegedly caused by a town employee to guard posts erected by the Alex's Restaurant owner four months ago to keep patrons from parking in front of the entrance only a few feet from the right of way. Three months after the posts, joined by a thick rope, were installed, Highway Superintendent Robert Smart cut halfway through the base, an act Giuliani called "vandalism and an invasion of privacy."

The Town Board Wednesday exonerated Smart's action and agreed that the posts may remain in their current location, which is on the town's roadside right of way.

Councilman George F. Forsyth said the incident, which received widespread local publicity and prompted Giuliani at one point to consider asking that his property be annexed by the city, "made a mockery of the town."

Supervisor June C. Vukman, who with Kathryn E. Sewernyiak cast the two "no" votes, said the $600 payment is "a gift and illegal." Smart claimed that by cutting partway through the base, the barrier became "breakaway posts" in case they are struck.

In other matters, the Town Board tabled a proposed settlement with Genesee County Cable Video Corp.

The cable company would have paid $19,366.43 plus interest in a compromise over differences on franchise fees.

The supervisor said the agreement should be renegotiated to include interest from 1985, the year state cable fees were cut and municipalities were supposed to pick up the difference in local franchise fees.

The 3 1/2 -hour session was scheduled to be the only town board meeting of December although a special year-end meeting is likely.

The board for years has met twice a month but last month the majority faction, led by Forsyth and opposed by Mrs. Vukman, opted for once-a-month meetings

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