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Batavia Council holds conference

BATAVIA–Regular business was postponed as the City Council met Monday in a monthly conference session at City Hall.

City Manager Jason R. Molino did report that he will soon name a panel to seek and interview candidates for the restored post of assistant city manager.

The administrative office once held by Molino was a controversial part of the $23.5 million budget adopted two weeks ago by a 5-4 vote, a rare margin for a spending plan.

Opponents object to the cost – about $70,000 a year plus benefits – for a post that the city apparently hasn’t needed for years. Molino claimed his workload now required an assistant for complicated issues, such as the national flood insurance program that affects residences bordering the Tonawanda Creek.

Postponed to the April 14 meeting were a revised agreement with the Business Improvement District to help with cash flow for downtown projects initiated by the agency and the sale of property that was foreclosed and vehicles no longer used.

The meeting evolved into a discussion of the Memorial Day parade, whose 10 a.m. start time and hourlong line of march overlaps other veterans’ ceremonies.