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There is a host of specific initiatives contained in next year’s Batavia City Budget proposal.

Under the heading of public safety, the police department wants to spend $7,500 to purchase a portable video-surveilance system.

“It’s a portable surveillance camera that other cities are using across the state,” Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said. “Basically it will just allow us to have more eyes out there. It’s not monitored 24/7. There’s a lot of neighborhoods that have put this into use and they’ve seen a reduction in crime just by having the camera present.”

Other goals in the city’s strategic plan:

A new policy to deal with stray and feral cats, a new policy on graffiti holding building owners responsible for removal, and re-building the stone gateway pillars to Redfield Parkway.


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