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HEARING SET ON PRESERVATION ORDINANCE

The City Council Monday night unanimously approved setting a public hearing on the feasibility of establishing a historic preservation ordinance.

The purpose, according to Councilman Kenneth F. Witt, is to "protect and enhance landmarks, and foster civic pride and attractiveness."

A seven-member commission that would include a historian would be empowered to designate landmarks and historic districts. The public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 10 as part of the Council's next regular meeting.

Batavia, from whose land office much of Western New York was surveyed and land sales consummated, has a number of homes and buildings dating to the first half of the 19th century.

In other action, the Council authorized its president to sign a Dwyer Stadium user agreement that would help make the stadium self-sufficient and increase community activities there. The stadium is the home of the New York-Penn League's Batavia Clippers.

Plans for a $2.8 million reconstruction of the stands scheduled for later this year are in doubt because of state cutbacks. The state would have paid half the cost.

The Council also empowered a Genesee County Chamber of Commerce committee to enforce rules and regulations on the Wing Ding Weekend in August. Councilman David E. Klein explained that with the growth of the event, which began last year on the "Wings of Eagles" air show weekend in its inaugural at the Genesee County Airport, it is necessary to have regulations for participants and to have a committee "control downtown streets and sidewalks." The new rules include fees for participating vendors.

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