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Boosting neighborhood pride - that’s the idea behind a $24,000 deal between the city of Batavia and non-profit Rochester group that claims success in revitalizing city neighborhoods elsewhere in the county.
The contract with “Neighbor Works” from Rochester was funded with a $48,000 city council appropriation to the ad-hoc group, Vibrant Batavia.
Leanna DiRisio has been hired part-time at $20 an hour to coordinate neighborhood activities for the purpose of:
"Revitalization in the neighborhoods, just having people working together with people you trust and see everyday, building pride within the community." 
DiRisio is organizing a series of what she calls Coffee Talks to be held in various parts of the city by the end of next month.
The sessions are designed to allow residents to suggest projects they believe will build pride in the community.

The City Council has approved $30,000 to repave a parking lot on School Street.
It does not include the $35,000 dumpster enclosure proposed by city hall.
Councilman John Canale said talks are continuing with the Business Improvement District or BID to fund the $10,000 public portion of the project that prompted most council members to oppose it. 

Can a roundabout make Suicide Corners any safer?
Officials from the state Department of Transportation are holding a public hearing Thursday to detail proposed safety improvements at the intersection of Route 20 and East Road in the town of Bethany. The roundabout would replace the existing dual stop signs and flashing red light. The $2.5-million project would also lower the hill at the intersection.
Since 1998 there have been 37 accidents at the site, three of them fatal.  
The hearing begins at 6:30 Thursday night at the Bethany Community Center.  

Genesee County Airport is receiving more than $1-million in federal grants for safety upgrades.  Congressman Chris Collins says the airport in Batavia is receiving the grant to relocate the airport's apron where planes are parked, unloaded and refueled.  
The second FAA grant of $63,000 will be used for design of a new taxiway leading to hangars at the airport. 

There’re still a few opening left in the Batavia City School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the current school year and the deadline has been extended.
UPK provides an opportunity for four year olds to be involved in half-day, developmentally appropriate education classes at no cost to their families.
There are morning and afternoon programs at Jackson Primary School. See for more information.


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