posted on April 08, 2013 21:21
The Batavia City council Monday night put the brakes on a city management proposal that would have changed the rules for renting pavilions in city parks.
By a 6 to 3 vote, the council tabled the measure that seemed to some council members to complicate a process that had been working well for years.
Ward Three Councilman John Canale led the opposition:
"These are parks that are paid for and maintained by the taxpayers and they should be utilized by the taxpayers with the least amount of complication."
Councilman at-large Jim Russell agreed:
"I think we are restricting the citizens of Batavia from using the parks for what they were intended to be used for."
The measure tabled last night would impose a $25 pavilion rental fee and complete a permit application for city hall approval.
No amplified music, glass containers, barbecue smokers or bounce houses would be allowed.
Ward Four Councilman Pier Cipollone supported city hall management:
"The only change I have an issue with is the amplified music. The other items, to me, are fine."
After the measure was tabled, Councilman at-large Russell and Ward One Councilman Kris Doeringer were appointed to meet with the city manager to try and iron out a new rental plan.