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>City under deadline to keep baseball team

BATAVIA -- Faced with the possible loss of its professional baseball team, city officials are scrambling to meet the deadline for an offer that would get the city off the hook for $100,000 in debt.

The Genesee County Baseball Club, operators of the Class A Batavia Muckdogs, the chief tenant of the city-owned Dwyer Stadium, has agreed to scrap its arrangement with the Batavia Regional Recreation Corp., which operated the stadium for more than 10 years, and assume its debt and run the stadium.

The Muckdogs also owe $20,000 in a league franchise fee that must be paid to keep baseball in Batavia. The ballclub, however, set a deadline on a decision for Friday -- a target city officials say is impossible to meet.

Meanwhile, City Manager Jason R. Molino and City Attorney George S. Van Nest are conferring this week with New York-Penn League officials on legal aspects of the proposal. They also want an extension of the deadline set by club president Brian Paris.

Professional baseball came to Batavia in 1939 with the six-team Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York PONY league. The team was called the Batavia Clippers until 1998, when it became the Muckdogs. The franchise is said to be worth $5 million.


>Absentee vote count settles two races

MAYVILLE -- Democrats will retain a majority on the Chautauqua County Legislature for the next two years.

The county's Board of Elections counted the contested absentee ballots for the District 23 race and the Ward 5 City Council race in Jamestown on Monday.

Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green said Democrat Thomas DeJoe won the legislative race over Republican Harold Smith, 449-443. Pending final certification of the vote by the board, DeJoe will replace fellow Democrat Fran Lus, who is retiring.

In the Jamestown City Council race in Ward 5, Democrat Maria Jones held on for a two-vote win, 518-516, over Republican Dave Thomas. Going into the absentee count, Jones had a one-vote lead. That means Democrats will have a 7-2 majority over Republicans in the city.

Jones will replace Lynda Albert, who is also stepping down at the end of the year.


>Board urged to request $25,000 state grant

FREDONIA -- Fredonia Village Trustee Susan Mackay on Tuesday asked the Village Board to submit a request to the state for a grant of up to $25,000 to fund the village's comprehensive plan revision project.

The Technical Assistance Program grant application would be submitted to the state Office for Small Cities. The plan was discussed at Tuesday night's joint meeting of the village's Planning and Zoning boards. The grant would require citizen participation, which is highly important to a comprehensive plan, Mackay said.

The grant application also must demonstrate the proposed project benefits low- and moderate-income people. The deadline for the grant application is Dec. 10. The Village Board will discuss the application at its Dec. 3 regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.

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