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Shodeen Apartments on Council’s Agenda Tuesday Night

Update: The Batavia City Council/Committee of the Whole voted 7-6 to kill the project, BUT, one alderman, Susan Stark, was missing. She’s a likely YES vote, meaning Mayor Schielke would be the tie-breaker, and he fully supports it. Of course … Continue reading

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City Budget Hearing Tonight

The City of Batavia will have their budget hearing tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:30pm. It was first unveiled last Thursday at a meeting not recorded by BATV. Highlights: more tax increases $300,000 in property taxes for sewers (tax impact <$15 … Continue reading

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Shodeen Project Special Meeting Wednesday

Update: Discussion will continue Tuesday night, 10/17, 7:30pm at the next COW meeting. It appeared several aldermen were swayed by the sales pitch of Shodeen’s Representative, while a few remained unhappy with the loss of commercial space on Wilson and … Continue reading

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2018 School District Budget Public Hearing

Tonight, Tuesday, 8/22, 7pm, at the BPS 101 Administration Building on Wilson St., is the public hearing for the 2018 District Budget. As usual, they are assuming a maximum tax levy increase (around 2% + new construction).

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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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