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School Board to Discuss Tentative Budget

Tuesday, July 18, 7pm, the School Board will discuss their tentative budget for the new school year. As usual, the budget assumes maximum tax increases, capped only by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), this year expected to be around 2%. … Continue reading

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Plan Commission Approves Shodeen Design

According to a report by Susan Sarkauskas of the Daily Herald (5/4/17), the Batavia Plan Commission came to an agreement with Shodeen on the design of the massive 1 N. Washington apartments project. Shodeen would add more red to the … Continue reading

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Shodeen 1 N. Washington Appeal

Update: City Council sent it back to the Plan Commission for further cooperative deliberation with Shodeen. Plan Commission was instructed to not consider the height, mass, or general design of the building, as Council has declared those aspects a done … Continue reading

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2017 Voter Guide

Please take the time to research candidates before voting, and then vote. Election Day is April 4, 2017. A voter guide for the Batavia local elections, contributed by Sylvia Keppel, can be found here.

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BRG Endorsement: Carl Dinwiddie for Batavia Alderman

There is only one contested aldermanic race for Batavia’s City Council. In that race for 1st Ward alderman, Batavians for Responsible Government endorses candidate Carl Dinwiddie. Carl Dinwiddie’s years of effort as a Batavia watchdog served as inspiration and example … Continue reading

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Plan Commission Rejects Shodeen Design

A report from an attendee at the Plan Commission meeting: There were about ten citizens in attendance, including Dave Patzelt, president of Shodeen. The first agenda item was the Design Review (continued from 25 January), along with the Preliminary/Final Plat … Continue reading

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Plan Commission Meeting Tonight

Tonight (Wed, 3/15/17), 7pm, Batavia City Council Chambers, the Plan Commission will meet to discuss the design of the 1 N. Washington apartments.

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Petition to Reconsider

Someone started a petition asking the City Council to reconsider their approval of the Shodeen apartment project. If you oppose the project and would like to add your name, you can find the petition at Tell Batavia City Council ‘NO’ … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Comment on Massive Apartment Complex Proposal

Update: The variances passed the Batavia City Council, overriding the Plan Commission’s vote, and clearing the way for the project to be built. Only Alderman Kevin Botterman voted against it. Monday night, Feb. 20, 7:30pm, the Batavia City Council will … Continue reading

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Plans to Tear Down Historic Building for Parking Lot

Update: It turns out the pump house at the southwest end of the Larson Becker properties was likely misclassified and has some historic significance, even more so than 124 N. River. Nevertheless, the Historic Preservation Commission voted to tear down … Continue reading

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