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Music is highlight of summer outdoors

This orderly city of 16,000 souls is in for a busy, music-filled outdoor summer, as the City Council learned at a conference session Tuesday.

Because events use city streets or parks, Council approval is required for:

* Genesee-Orleans Arts Council's Picnic in the Park on July 4 in Centennial Park. The 34th annual event includes music, arts and crafts, food vendors and amusements for children, including face-painting and a petting zoo.

* Batavia Concert Band, which plans eight evening performances on Wednesdays in Centennial Park beginning June 30.

* Jackson Square Concerts on 10 Fridays in a downtown decorated alley beginning June 29.

There are also three Cinema in the Square family movies, and a Ramble Music & Art Fest July 7. All are sponsored by the Batavia Business Improvement District.

Also scheduled are a Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Smoke-Free Walk today, a Genesee County Crop Walk in September and the Notre Dame High School graduation Saturday.

The City Council now is discussing doubling the fee to $100 for overnight parking permits in downtown lots. The fees were increased this year to equal what businesses pay for Dumpsters in municipal lots. The parking ban in downtown lots from 2 to 6 a.m. is especially necessary in winter months since it helps snow removal. However, downtown residents and some businesses need overnight parking.

The Council also is discussing with the business improvement district flower beds along downtown streets that came with the reconstruction of Main Street in 2004. The city has appropriated $4,000 for plantings in 22 locations. The Batavia Business Improvement District, an association of downtown and Ellicott Square businesses, will reimburse the city $1,500 for maintenance of beds and flower pots.