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Batavia Town Board agrees to share cost of bike trail project with city

BATAVIA – The Town Board has approved an inter-municipal agreement with the City of Batavia to share the cost of design, construction and inspection of the Ellicott Trail Project, a 4.6-mile walking/cycling path that will run from Pearl Street Road in the city east to Seven Spring Road in the town.

The accord calls for both municipalities to contribute about $170,000 to the project, with the remaining $1 million coming from federal funds.

“At this point, were determining easements and studying the design – looking at the more difficult aspects of the project,” Town Supervisor Gregory H. Post said. “We are anticipating that construction will begin late this year or early next year.”

Post said the proposed trail will offer alternate transportation opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting commercial, industrial and residential areas in both the town and city.

The on-road trail segments will be open for public use 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the off-road segments will be open from dawn to dusk daily. Plans include 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.

The board also authorized an agreement with Genesee County to provide public water service to the county’s fire training center on State Street Road.

Upon connection of a service tap from the Townline Water Project to the fire training center, the county will reimburse the town for the cost of the work, which has been set at $46,480.

“This is an easy way to enhance their facility, giving them public water to assist in their emergency training,” Post said. “Work is starting as we speak, and we figure it will take about a week to complete.”

Genesee County will be responsible for the water it uses at the facility, based on the current terms and rates of the Batavia Water Ordinance, Post added.

In other action, the board:

• Tabled a resolution to adopt a local law to amend the town zoning map for three parcels on West Main Street Road, adjacent to and including Barrett Drive. The motion seeks a change from residential/agricultural to commercial in light of construction of the East Pembroke Fire District’s new fire hall, and would pave the way for business development in that area.

Post said the matter likely will be on the agenda for the board’s June meeting, which tentatively has been pushed back from June 15 to June 22.

• Approved the establishment of the Southwest Water District that will bring public water to about 40 families in a section of the town south of Route 33, west of the city. Post said a letter has been sent to the state Comptroller’s Office for review, a prerequisite to the receipt of financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency.