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Study of recreation sites proposed

The City Council heard a proposal Tuesday for a study of community recreational facilities and whether they're meeting the needs of Batavia residents.

The subject was addressed by district School Superintendent Margaret Puzio for a needs assessment for schools, city and Town of Batavia facilities to apply for an $11,000 grant under the Local Government Efficiency Program.

The district would pay half the cost, and the city and town would each pay $2,750. The town has already approved its share. The grant application must be submitted by December. However, this is unlikely because the Council postponed a decision until November.

About a dozen parks would be studied, half in the city and five in the school district, including an athletic field and playgrounds at the elementary schools. The town has Kiwanis Park, often used for picnics and outings.

The inventory proposed by Stuart I. Brown Associates of Rochester would chart locations and their availability for public use as well as "rectangular playfields, baseball/softball diamonds soccer and court games."

Consultants would meet with municipal officials and local youth sports organizations to identify the number of participants involved in various recreational activities.

Also involved is a large undeveloped area that the school district once eyed as the site of a new school serving the eastern part of the city.

The move, if successful, would be another step in consolidating overlapping services in an area with a shrinking population.

City police and Genesee County sheriff's deputies have already merged dispatch services in a single locale, a new county Communications Center. The city and town are also in the early stages of a $100,000 consolidation study, which could merge additional services and possibly eliminate present city-town boundaries.

In other business, the Council:

* Held a public hearing on eliminating an Ethics Board. There was no speakers. Revived a few years ago, it has been inactive, usually unable to get a quorum.

* Accepted a $150,000 member item grant from State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, to replace sidewalks.

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