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Batavia town and city teaming up on plan for pedestrian, bike path

BATAVIA – The town and the city are working together to make a proposed 4.6-mile pedestrian and bicycle path a reality.

The Town Board authorized a resolution this week to seek the status of lead agency for an environmental review of the Ellicott Trail project, which would begin on state Route 33 at the west of the town, proceed through various city roads and abandoned railroad beds, and end at Seven Springs Road at the east of the town.

The project includes the construction of a 10-foot-wide stone dust trail on the off-road sections and a 10-foot-wide sidewalk on the road sections.

Earlier this week, the City Council voted to apply for a grant of up to $200,000 through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for acquisition of easements and property along the Ellicott Trail.

The city will commit at least a 25 percent match, 5 percent more than required, said City Manager Jason R. Molino.

“This is a million-dollar venture, something that has become more and more popular in recent years,” Molino said. “It will definitely add to the quality of life (in the Batavia area).”

Once started, the project will take about two years to complete, Molino said.

In other developments, the Town Board:

• Voted to establish water and sewer districts for the Oakwood Hill subdivision off East Main Street Road. No one spoke at hearings that were opened to the public at the outset of the meeting.

• Approved a pair of contract changes that reduced the final cost of the recently completed West Main Street Road sanitary sewer project by $32,500 from its original price of $2.2 million.

About $30,000 was deducted as a result of adjustments to the bill submitted by Villager Construction, of Fairport, which constructed three pump stations, and an additional $2,000 was saved after review of the bill from Randsco Pipeline, of Macedon, which installed the pipeline.

• Took no action on signing a contract with Empire Access for cable television services. Supervisor Gregory H. Post said the board hopes to “come to some sort of reasonable agreement” within 30 to 45 days.

Empire Access, based in the Town of Prattsburgh, Steuben County, offers phone service in the Genesee County hamlet of East Pembroke, and cable television, phone and/or Internet service in 17 municipalities in the state.