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 When it appeared there were not enough votes to approve the sale of Park Road land to the Town of Batavia, the Batavia City Council hurried to table the sale to a later date.

Ward Six Councilwoman Rosemary Christian led the opposition to the proposed sale. She called the sale price of $150,000, an “insult” to taxpayers.
The Town has proposed to build a joint Town Courts facility on the 19-acre site to serve the Town Courts of Batavia, Elba and Oakfield.
The Veteran’s Administration was the original owner of the properrty  and still controls how it can be used. The V-A has agreed to allow the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce to occupy part of the site.
That move surprised veteran city councilman Frank Ferrando who said he hated to see downtown Batavia loose the Chamber.
Chamber Exec director Lynn Freeman told us last night no final decision has been made about how the chamber might use the site, either for a visitor center or general offices for the Chamber itself.

A parents group has been formed to find what they call better ways to help the Batavia City Schools save money, better they say than the consolidation plan now on the table.
That consolidation would end up moving the school administration offices into an existing school building and redistributing classes throughout the district.
Jennifer Burke is a spokesperson for the group calling itself, Citizens for a Better Tomorrow.
They held their first meeting last night.
Burke said the group wants to calm what has become a heated debate over consolidation.
School District officials are expected to present further information about consolidation during a meeting this Wednesday night at Batavia High School.

You'll need to keep your swimsuit handy to enjoy the Western New York's latest attraction.  The Palm Island Indoor Water Park is now open at the Clarion hotel on Park Rd. in Batavia.  It has two slides, a play area for kids and a pool.  The hotel owner says the park will allow him to keep all his workers employed and hire more for the offseason.

An Attica woman found sleeping in her car parked in the driving lane of Colby Road in Darien, has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs.
22-year-old Kayla Tyoe of Market Street, Attica has been issued a ticket on the misdemeanor charge.
Deputies said they found Tyoe early yesterday morning, asleep in the driver’s seat of her car along with an unidentified man - asleep in the passenger seat..

The suicide death of a Williamsville teenager is sparking the proposal of a law against cyber-bullying.  Senator Jeffrey Klein will introduce a bill that would send a person to prison for up to 15 years for violating the law.  Another measure against bullying has passed the State Senate but still needs approval from the Assembly.
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