Batavia seeks ways to pay for maintaining beautification projects
City staff this week raised the issue of a special service area to maintain downtown streetscape improvements that are being planned.
“There is a strong staff concern that if the city invests in a streetscape project, there be a ... partial revenue stream to make sure these downtown improvements are maintained,” City Administrator Bill McGrath told members of the City Services Committee.
Some of the additional tasks associated with beautifying the downtown include cleaning and repair of previous paving, painting and cleaning of street furniture, maintenance of signs and care of flower beds and planters, he said.
Earlier this year, Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke appointed a downtown streetscape advisory committee to work with design consultants and city staff in creating a redesign of five downtown neighborhoods.
A committee last month accepted the advisory panel’s recommendation to make North River Street from Wilson Street to State Street the first priority in a series of downtown neighborhood improvements.