posted on April 10, 2013 13:40
As the Batavia City Council mulls a new park pavilion rental plan after the original proposal was shelved at Monday’s meeting, the Town of Batavia has no such plans.
Tom Lichtenthal, the Town’s assistant engineer and also the Town Highway Superintendent, says that in the 20 years the Kiwanis Park in the Town of Batavia has been open, there has been only a handful of complaints.
“I’m saying reasonable," he said. "If someone’s having a party and they want ot have a bounce house, that’s O.K. But if it’s impacting all the other residents or people that are visiting the park, then there might be an issue with that.”
He describes the Town’s one regulation to reserve a pavilion.
“The $25 deposit is for a key so that you have a key to the bathrooms and when you are done with your event at the park, you come back, you bring the key back, and you’ll get the $25 deposit back," Lichtenthanl said.
City Hall presented the proposal regarding park pavilions because there were complaints from time to time about excessive noise from gatherings.
The proposed changes would have imposed a fee of $25 and required a permit for gatherings of 75 people or more. It would also place restrictions on music, a loud speaker system, glass containers tents and even bounce houses.
Lichtenthal says when it comes to a shared public space, it’s simply about respecting others.
“We’re basically looking for other people to respect other people in the park, and it seems to have worked so far.”
After the vote to table to measure passed 6 to 3, two city councilmen were named to an informal committee to meet with the city manager and iron out a new pavilion rental plan.