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Batavia Town Board sets public hearing for new water district

BATAVIA – The Town Board has set the wheels in motion to provide public water to about 40 families in a section of the town south of Route 33 and west of the city – action that is long overdue, according to Supervisor Gregory H. Post.

“For 40 years, I have been an advocate of public water, clean water to drink, and I’m happy that the town was finally able to respond to these folks,” Post said Wednesday after the board approved the scheduling of a public hearing for 7 p.m. April 20 in Town Hall.

Post said residents of Brown, Halstead, Wilkinson, Lear, Upton and Rose roads and Windflower Drive filed petitions with the Town Clerk’s Office to request a water district.

After expected approval of the resolution to create what will be called the Southwest Water District, the measure will go to the State Comptroller’s Office for review. Post said the process could take several months before the start of construction.

Plans call for the installation of 20,400 feet of 12- and 8-inch water mains, as well as all related right-of-way costs, including site work. The $1.2 million project would be financed through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, offset by any state and federal funds or grants.

Post said the annual cost to the typical property for public water – based on the debt service and consumption – would be $1,091.

When the work is completed, there will be only three road segments in the entire town without public water, Post said.

In other action, the board:

• Scheduled a public hearing for April 20 in Town Hall in connection with a proposed local law that would amend the town’s zoning ordinance to clear the way for issuance of a special-use permit requested by developers of a Fairfield Inn & Suites at Gateway I Corporate Park off Route 98 near the Thruway interchange.

Currently, the zoning code for the industrial park district states that a special-use permit would be granted to a hotel or motel as long as the facility “fronts on, and is directly accessed from a state highway.”

Fairfield Inn & Suites would be located on Federal Drive, not a main road, but only about an eighth-mile from state Route 98.

If adopted, the state highway provision would be deleted from the zoning code.

• Approved contracts with Barton & Loguidice, of Liverpool, and with Clark Patterson Lee, of Rochester, for work relating to the design of the Ellicott Trail Project – a 4.6-mile pedestrian and bicycle path that would begin on Route 33 on the town’s West Side, continue through the City of Batavia and end at Seven Springs Road on the East Side.

The agreement with Barton & Loguidice is for final design work and right-of-way acquisitions at a cost of $89,000. The pact with Clark Patterson Lee is for structural design services leading to the restoration of the CSX railroad bridge on East Main Street Road at a cost of $9,500.

The panel tabled a resolution to finalize an agreement with the City of Batavia to share design, construction and inspection costs of the trail. Post said it is likely to be on the agenda of the board’s next meeting.