Online News. Community Views.

>> Download <<
The Batavian Mobile
Droid | iPhone

Recent comments

Community Sponsors


December 5, 2012 - 8:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, BID.

The Christmas displays in the former Carr's building won this year's Downtown Batavia Holiday Window Display Contest, the BID announced today.

The windows were sponsored by Next Level Fitness & City Slickers.

Honorable mentions went to Valle Jewelers, Adam Miller Toy & Bicycle, The Spa at Artemis, Genesee Patrons, and Charles Men’s Shop.

This year’s judges were City Manager Jason Molino, GO ART! Director Kelly Kiebala and Diana Wyrwa, director of the Richmond Memorial Library.

The winner of the contest will receive $200 in cash.

December 5, 2012 - 4:20pm
posted by Lisa Ace in Sponsored Post, advertisement, CPR, Bill Pay.


CPR - Computer & Phone Repair and support services. Electronics Repair, Cellular Repair. You break it, we fix it!
CPR is now able to offer BILL PAY.  You can now pay your utility, phone, credit card, auto insurance, mortgage, cable, satellite bills, and you can also purchase Xbox Live points, pre-paid phone minutes as well!
Protect your PC or server with a simple, powerful online backup service.  We offer CLOUD BACKUP for personal and business use.  Every business/person needs a disaster recovery plan.  Online backup provides your home/business computer with the industries best protection and top rated features.  Contact us now for a no-cost, no-obligation analysis of a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.
Is your website not reaching out to potential customers?  We do web site design or re-design and web hosting. Also offering business Facebook management. 
Also we do computer, laptop, electronics and phone repairs, virus/spyware removal, customer support, and desktop and laptop upgrades.   If your computer or any electronic devices need to be recycled just bring them in and put them in the blue bin in our showroom. 
Do you have a custom installation you need done?  Do you have networking that needs upgrading? Give us a call and we will come over and give you a detailed quote, whether it is for your home or your business.
Do you have old negatives, 35mm slides or old pictures you would like turned into digital photos?  CPR now can do that for you.  What a wonderful gift of pictures of time gone by.  We can also make slide shows of your pictures.  Stop in and check it out.
My computer was down, I brought it in to CPR they had it fixed in under 10 minutes. Highly recommended, Great prices great service! – Frankly Design
I have used this place a few times so far. On both a personal and professional level. Rich is very skilled at his career and is willing to go to great lengths to ensure customer satisfaction. Thanks Rich... – Karen
Rich puts his customers first. I’ve worked with him before behind the scenes, and let me tell you, he’s not only honest when you’re in his store, but also when you’re not and you’re computer is – Kyle
Give us a call today! (585) 344-7085 or stop by our store, located at 216 Main St., in Batavia. Visit us online at:
December 5, 2012 - 2:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will adjust the hours of operation for outpatient services for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Urgent Care at 8745 Lake Street, Le Roy will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services closed for the day include Cardiac Rehabilitation, Urgent Care (Batavia location only), the Pain Center, and the Women’s Care Centers in Medina and Batavia. Closing at noon on Christmas Eve are Jerome Center Diagnostics, the Corporate Health Center, Batavia Family and Pediatric Care, Pembroke Diagnostics, Le Roy Diagnostics, Tountas Family Care, and Summit Physical and Occupational Therapy Center. Outpatient services located at the hospital will close at 5 p.m.

For Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, Urgent Care in Le Roy will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other outpatient services will be closed.

All locations will be open regular hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

On New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, Cardiac Rehab will be closed. The Pain Center and Women’s Care in Medina and Batavia will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. All other outpatient sites will be open for regular hours. Urgent Care at the Le Roy and Batavia sites will be open for regular hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, Urgent Care will be open for regular hours at both locations. All other outpatient sites will be closed in observance of the holiday.

The time changes reflect only outpatient services. The hospital and Emergency Department will continue to be available around the clock to care for our families, friends and neighbors during the holidays.

December 5, 2012 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield.

It's become harder to recruit and retain emergency medical technicians and the manpower shortage has led the Oakfield Fire Department's board to the difficult decision to discontinue its ambulance service.

Department President Mike Ognibene said it would take at least 10 EMTs to run a service that could dependably respond to calls and the department has only three volunteer EMTs now.

Out of about 15 calls for service a month, Ognibene said, the ambulance might roll on one or two calls. He said, as a driver, there are many times he shows up at the fire hall and waits for an EMT who never arrives.

After a couple of minutes of waiting, the call is turned over to Mercy EMS.

“Mercy EMS has done a great job since they’ve taken over (ambulance service in the county)," Ognibene said. "They’ve done a great job of responding, so it benefits us more to be there to help them, which we can do with our rescue truck. Since we don’t have to have an EMT, we can get there fast to assist them with the rescue truck.”

Truck 70 will go out of service at midnight, Dec. 31.

There is a bit of cost savings that goes with discontinuing the ambulance service, and that money can be rolled over into support of the firefighting service, but the biggest issue is manpower.

"My fear all along has been that we start having manpower shortages and that some agencies would discontinue EMS service," said Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator for Genesee County.

Losing Oakfield's ambulance, he said, means there's one less rig to roll in any kind of major event where multiple people are hurt.

That's why Genesee County Emergency Services embarked on a recruitment and retention drive earlier this year. The campaign includes media ads, hiring a recruiter and producing marketing products to attract people to volunteer services in firefighting and medical response.

"If anyone has ever thought about becoming a firefighter or EMS volunteer, now is the time to act," Yaeger said.

For an EMT, state mandated training takes close to 200 hours to complete. Ognibene said his department has had a few people sign up for training but not complete it.

It hasn't always been that way said longtime department member Robert Hilchey. 

Oakfield started its ambulance service in 1974, at a time when the only ambulances in the county were owned by St. Jerome's and Genesee Memorial hospitals.

"Some in the department thought we should have an ambulance out in this part of the county, so Oakfield was the first (fire company) to provide ambulance service," Hilchey said.

There was a time when Oakfield had enough EMTs to assign nightly rotation to responders. One crew would be on call from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, another on Tuesday and so on.

Hilchey said members of the department just don't think they can get back to that level of service.

Recruiting new EMTs. however, is critical, Yaeger said, to maintaining levels of service throughout the county.

There are ambulances in Bethany, Le Roy, Byron, Bergen, Darien and Alexander. Those services are important to their communities, but also provide fill-in capabilities in those rare times when all of Mercy's rigs are tied up, and would be essential in a mass casualty type of situation.

With the loss of Oakfield's ambulance, however, neither Ognibene nor Yaeger anticipate any less service availability on a routine basis for the citizens of Oakfield.

Typically, Mercy EMS can roll to Oakfield quickly and, as Ognibene noted, the department still has medic-trained personnel to provide first-aid and basic life support and volunteers can respond to any emergency with the rescue truck.

Hilchey agreed.

"I'm very confident that Mercy EMS has taken over our responsibility and our residents and our taxpayers in the village will not be short changed in any way," Hilchey said.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Oakfield and the rest of the county, visit Ready Genesee.

December 5, 2012 - 9:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, development, Tim Horton's.

A Tim Horton's is only the first phase of planned development for a parcel of property wedged in between Lewiston Road, Main Street and Colonial Boulevard, the developer revealed Tuesday night at a Town of Batavia Planning Board meeting.

Besides the coffee shop, Benderson Development Co. plans to erect a retail building and a drive-thru ATM location.

No tenants have been found for those uses, yet, said Matthew J. Oates (photo), the company's chief engineer, but the company didn't want to surprise planners later, after Horton's is approved -- assuming it is -- with an expanded development.

Kathy Jasinski, board chairwoman, said the town only found out about the planned additional uses on Monday.

Benderson has recently completed a traffic study covering the anticipated impact of both Tim Horton's and the proposed retail location and those results were turned over Monday to the town and the DOT for analysis.

Town Engineer Steve Mountain said that traffic study will be given to the town's traffic consultant for review.

Traffic was one of the chief concerns raised by town residents, primarily those on Colonial Boulevard, who attended Tuesday's public hearing on the Tim Horton's plan.

Lewiston and Main is already a congested intersection and traffic patterns down Main Street can make it difficult, Colonial Boulevard residents said, to get on and off their street.

What that traffic impact will be and how any problems might be mitigated remains an open question until both the town's consultant and the DOT complete an analysis of the traffic study.

The board made no decision about the planned development, but did begin the process of declaring itself the lead agency for environmental review purposes.

Residents also expressed concern about light and noise coming from the 24-hour operation.

Amy DiSalvo said her house is right next to the proposed Tim Horton's location and she's concerned about parking lot light spilling over onto her property as well as headlights shining on her house.

Oates said the position of the building will act as a buffer for headlights and noise for Colonial Boulevard residents, and Bob Bender, real estate project planner for Tim Horton's, said the project will use "dark sky lights," which will have zero spill over onto adjacent property.

December 5, 2012 - 8:55am
posted by Lisa Ace in Deal of the Day.

Alabama Hotel, 1353 Lewiston Road, Basom, NY: A historic and legendary tavern and restaurant. The Alabama Hotel is famous for its fish fries, but also serves a variety of top-quality entrees, featuring Certified Angus Beef. Now with expanded hours. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Alex's Place, 8322 Park Road, Batavia, NY: People come from all over the region for a fine dining experience at Alex's. It's best known for its ribs, of course, but Alex's seafood is also a favorite of the restaurant's diners. We have a $25 gift certificate for $12.50.

Alli's Cones & Dogs, 7063 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; all-you-can-eat salad bar; ice cream served year-round; eat-in or take-out. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Bourbon & Burger Co., 9 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: Batavia's newest burger joint offers more than two dozen different types of tasty hamburgers. Our menu also includes a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and an extensive beer list, plus a full bar. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Greg'ry's Bakery, 13 N. Lake Road, Bergen, NY: The bakery offers a variety of the finest cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and so much more. Each treat is made the same as it has been for decades and baked right here. Come in and sample some for yourself! We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Jagged Edges Salon, 4140 Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia, NY: Jagged Edges Salon is a walk-in and appointment salon for men, women and children. It is a fun, welcoming salon that offers all hair care services including cuts, color, highlights, lowlights, perms, styling/updos, treatments, and facial waxing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Oliver's Candies, 211 W. Main St., Batavia, NY: Oliver's, a Batavia landmark, offers the finest chocolate and confections in the area. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Palm Island Indoor Water Park, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY: The newest family fun center in Genesee County, featuring a hot tub, monsoon lagoon pool and play area, tipping buckets, water slides, arcade with 15 games and birthday party rooms. We have a pair of gift certificates worth $40 in merchandise or services for $20.

Rancho Viejo, 12 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY: Traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and burritos to pollo norteno, Rancho Viejo brings a bit of "south of the border" to Batavia's restaurant scene. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Salsa & Curry, 13 Jackson St., Batavia, NY: An authentic Mexican restaurant, offering all of your favorite dishes from enchiladas and burritos to tacos and fajitas, as well as daily Indian food specials. We have a $20 gift card for $10.

Spirits, 78 Lake St., Le Roy, NY. Le Roy's favorite sports bar, where fun and good food are always on tap. Come try one of our many delicious burgers that we have to offer, as well as our HUGE Bomber Sandwich, homemade chicken fingers made to order, and the all-time favorite Dumpster Plate with many choices. We deliver. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

T.F. Brown's, 214 E. Main St., Batavia, NY: T.F. Brown's is a great place for a good meal, good friends and to catch up on what's going on in the sports world. "If it happens in sports, it happens at Brown's." Stop in and check out our Jumbo Chicken Wings, Roast Beef on Weck and Friday night fish fry. The original family spaghetti sauce still adorns all of our Italian specialties. The other popular selections from our menu range from Super Salads, butcher cut Strip Loin and South of the Border items. We offer daily lunch and dinner specials as well as a full adult and children’s menu. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.

Viking Valhalla Restaurant & Rose Garden Bowl21 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY: Open for lunch Monday through Sunday, and dinner Friday and Saturday evenings. Dinner favorites are our succulent prime rib and Friday fish fries! We are always happy to help plan your special occasion -- wedding, shower, rehearsal dinner, stag party, graduation, company function, banquet, family or class reunion. We have a $20 gift certificate for $10.


Note: If you've never purchased Deal of the Day before, or are otherwise unfamiliar with the rules and processclick here.

December 4, 2012 - 5:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield, Bonduelle.

A bit of the Bonduelle food processing property in Oakfield, off Pearl Street, this afternoon, just before the rain started.

December 4, 2012 - 5:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Oakfield.

Families in need can stop by the Oakfield Community Bible Church, 80 North Main St., Oakfield, on Tuesday's from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for free bread, and perhaps other food items when available.

The free-food ministry is supervised by Carol Lowe (who wasn't able to be at the church today) and has been ongoing for three or four months now.

Families can receive up to three loaves of bread and when available canned and boxed food items such as tuna, vegetables, mac and cheese and peanut butter and jelly.

"When we can we try to provide a meal," said Jacquie Lindke, (right in the photo).

Availability depends on what has come in from donors.

All of the food is free, no questions asked.

Pictured with Lindke is Tom Petter. Both are residents of Basom.

From 10 to 2 p.m., Dec. 8, the church will be giving away clothes to anybody who needs clothing items, including coats, boots, hats and gloves for men, women and children.

December 4, 2012 - 4:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia.

The stop-and-go lights at Lewiston and Main weren't doing a great job this afternoon of managing traffic. Drivers were pretty much on their own in the congested intersection to take turns based on the flashing yellow for Main Street cars and the flashing red for vehicles on Lewiston Road. The DOT has restored the lights to proper operation now.The exact cause of the technical problems has not been released.

December 4, 2012 - 4:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, Le Roy.

A fire is reported in the basement of 8706 Haven Lane, Le Roy.

Le Roy fire and Bergen's ladder truck are dispatched.

UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: Chief on scene reports a house full of smoke, fire may be out, but undetermined at this time.

UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: "Working fire" reported in the basement. Stafford and Pavilion asked to stand by in quarters.

UPDATE 4:37 p.m.: Fire contained to the furnace. Ventilation needed.

UPDATE 4:44 p.m.: Fire knocked down.

View Larger Map

December 4, 2012 - 3:51pm
posted by Billie Owens in Batavia Downs, business, sports, harness racing.

Press release:

Each year, the members of the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association look to recognize a member of the racing community who has selflessly given of their time and effort for the betterment of the sport and its horses.

This year, the organization will honor a man who has been doing it for more than three decades. Peter Kanter, D.V.M., Ph.D., has been practicing equine medicine in Western New York since 1973, after graduating from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. While servicing the needs of horsemen in the morning, he has also been the paddock vet at both Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway each night since 1979.

But this is only part of the story. Besides caring for his four legged patients, Dr. Kanter was also working to defeat a human disease that has touched everyone’s life at some point. From 1973 until 2008, Dr. Kanter served as a director in the Division of Drug and Treatment Development as well as being in charge of the Department of Comparative Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Among his many accomplishments there, he was responsible for bringing a plethora of treatment drugs to market and also helped develop the techniques of what is now commonly known as minimally invasive surgery.

At the track, his commitment to the sport and its participants has been unparalleled and his many clients are a testament to that. He has made an uncountable number of horses better through his work and he continues to be there to address their needs before or after the races. While at Roswell Park, his work was responsible for helping to ease the pain and suffering of thousands of people while aiding the fight to a cure.

It is for his life’s work to improve the lives of both man and beast that Dr. Peter Kanter was chosen the 2012 UNY USHWA Unsung Hero. Dr. Kanter will receive his award trackside at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 8) during the fifth annual “Night of Distinction” awards presentation, where all the best equine and human performances of the current Batavia meet, as well as the best in Western New York for the entire year, will be feted.

December 4, 2012 - 3:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Le Roy, wolcott street school.

A revived Wolcott Street School Parent Teacher Service Organization has elected new officers, and will meet Dec. 10 to begin planning for a spring fundraiser.

The Wolcott Street PTSO nearly dissolved this year, after the resignation of several longtime officers left the organization without enough volunteers to effectively continue. The Le Roy school issued a call for volunteers, and new officers were elected at a PTSO meeting on Nov. 26.

Elected to one-year terms were:

— President: Julie Ehrmentraut
— Vice President: Ray Coniglio
— Treasurer: Brittany Morse
— Secretary: Holly Eschberger

The next PTSO meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the staff dining room at Wolcott Street School, 2-6 Trigon Park. (Park off Trigon Park and enter through the loading-dock doors.)

The agenda includes planning a spring fundraiser.

The PTSO funds or supports many activities at Wolcott Street School, including book fairs, field trips and more. Each year, the organization provides grants to support projects that directly benefit all students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The PTSO welcomes the participation of parents/guardians of Wolcott Street students.

For more information call Assistant Principal Jonathan Wilson at 768-7115.

December 4, 2012 - 3:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, crime.

Edward Jordan White, 17, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, 3rd, and burglary, 3rd, after he allegedly stole a Ford pickup truck and then some gas cans from a garage on Monday. He lives on East Main Street in Batavia.

It is alleged that he took the truck from Ellsworth Avenue in the city and then drove to West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia where he allegedly entered an unattached residential garage and stole three gas containers in order to fuel the truck.

He was apprehended by law enforcement officers after he abandoned the truck and fled on foot. He was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and then booked into county jail. He is to appear in town court at a later date.

The incident was investigated by Sheriff's deputies Ferrando and Nati.

December 4, 2012 - 12:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, royal rangers.

Press release:

The Royal Rangers and the Batavia Assembly of God have put together a team to go to Island Park in NYC to help work on houses that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

We will be leaving on December 6th. This will be our second team that has been sent to that area. 

Our work will consist tearing out drywall, insulation, flooring and anything else that was damaged by the water. The community that we will be going to got power back just over two weeks ago. The need is still very great with very few people able to live in their homes.

We are looking for donation: Ensure, water, baby food, baby formula, diapers, small bags of pet food, winter hats, winter gloves/mittens, scarves, sneakers, winter boots, new winter socks, coats, jackets, new blankets, hand sanitizer, large heavy-duty garbage bags, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning gloves, face masks, Lysol disinfectant, Clorox wipes, bleach, mops and pails.

Beacuse it is the Christmas season we are also asking for homemade Christmas cookies. These cookies will be dropped off at the volunteer fire department so that they may hand them out. These people have lost everything!

Donations mybe dropped of at the Batavia Assembly of God Church at 24 N. Spruce St. in Batavia. Please have all donations at the church by Dec. 5th. Thank you for your support.

December 4, 2012 - 12:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident.

A car has struck a pedestrian at East Main Street and Cedar Street.

The victim suffered a minor injury. He is up and walking around rubbing his leg.

City fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

December 4, 2012 - 12:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, GCEDC, Alabama, STAMP.

Press release:

The Town of Alabama today released results of a survey presented to residents of the town to gauge their support for the proposed Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP). It is a 1,200-acre site in the Town of Alabama which is currently under development by the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC).

The survey found that more than two out of every three residents in the Town of Alabama who responded to the survey are in favor of the STAMP project (68 percent), while 62 percent of residents feel that the proposed $10.2 million Incentive Zoning Agreement between the town and the GCEDC is “sufficient” for the STAMP project to continue.

The town negotiated for additional amenities including expanding the new water district to include more households. With this change, 433 households will now receive water through the project. The town also negotiated additional revenue to be used for capital projects in future years.

“Given the size and scope of the STAMP project, feedback from the residents in the Town of Alabama is critically important as the board approaches a decision,” said Alabama Town Supervisor Daniel Mangino.

Both the Genesee County and Town of Alabama planning boards have recommended the rezoning of the site. Final approval of the rezoning rests with the Town of Alabama.

Conducted by Goldhaber Research Associates, LLC (GRA) on behalf of the Town of Alabama, the survey was mailed to 1,500 Town of Alabama residents from Oct. 12-14. A one-page flier with information about STAMP as well as a copy of the Incentive Zoning Agreement were included in the mailing. The survey generated 707 total respondents, including 53 that arrived after the Nov. 2 deadline.

To maintain confidentiality, names of the respondents were not associated with the responses in the data files, and the information about who completed the survey or who responded in a particular way to the survey was not shared.

December 4, 2012 - 11:57am
posted by Tom Frew in LeRoy, Wiss Hotel.

Last Thursday, I took the time to attend the Wiss Hotel Feasibility Study presented by Rick Hauser, CEO of Insight Architecture LLP.  In addition, I was able to take home a hard copy of the study which included photographs of the inside of the property.  I’m not ashamed to say I went into this presentation very skeptical and although I remain so, I guess I’ll say I’m less skeptical.  I guess I see The Wiss Hotel as a bit of the history of LeRoy.  I can remember my grandfather telling me that pre-Thruway, the Wiss was an overnight stop for travelers on Route 5.  It’s a piece of our Village’s history. 

I have to ask a fundamental question.  How did this building and more importantly, how was this building allowed to reach the current situation?  I realize the property has been vacant for a couple of years but don’t we have a Zoning Officer that monitors commercial building code in this town?  Maybe that was done and ignored by the owner(s).  In addition, understanding  the situation where the county and later the village took ownership, why was a salvage/restoration company allowed by the original owners to come onto the property and strip components of value?  We any of the resulting funds used pay back taxes and obligations?

Regardless, now the Village and its budget are left with a burden.  What to do?  There is the tear it down and sell the property school of thought that might possibly end up a break even or slight profit (with a lot of luck) to the village.  Then there is the question of what’s right for that property?  Please not another drug store scenario, we’ve made that mistake once already.  I’ve heard Starbucks or Tim Horton’s?  I for one feel we have a couple of well-established coffee houses, no more coffee joints please.  Lesson learned:  We put a couple of drug stores out of business with the last decision, let’s not put a couple of reputable coffee places in jeopardy.  What’s right for that corner, if not the Wiss is a question for careful consideration.

So then there’s the proposal we listened to.  Again, I was not in favor of “saving the Wiss” but I have to admit, I’ve put my sledgehammer away for at least the immediate.  I think there are a lot of questions to be answered but somewhere in Mr. Hauser’s presentation, there may be a reason to further delay the decision on the property and explore.

Mr. Hauser proposes a loan from the village equal to the cost of demolition.  I question whether this is even legal but were it to be so, don’t do it.  The village should not be in the business of funding private enterprise.  We have a couple of community banks with community spirited leadership; go see them for your loans.

  1. Mr. Hauser and his company have done an assessment, which seems quite well done of the property but what are his credentials in assessing structural integrity?  Shouldn’t there be a second opinion?  Before I laid out any contribution to the LLC, I’d want to be sure the end product was going to be structurally sound.  In addition, Rick Hauser’s company will financially benefit from this project.  This will need to be very well researched and contractual agreements well spelled out before progressing.
  2. There was discussion regarding Historical Preservation Funding.  I believe that typically requires others in the immediate area to join.  Are other property owners ready to assume that responsibility?   I remember 20 years ago that being explored on East Main.  I was not well accepted and never became reality.
  3. The project suggests 5 loft type apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors. 4 apartments with rent of $1,300 and a small unit with rent of $790.  I question the likelihood of getting rent in LeRoy at those rates.  Especially considering the view from these apartments isn’t of the Oatka Creek or some other picturesque location.
  4. There are also 4 retail spaces bringing $850-1100/month rental income.  Will they be filled?  I think so, if marketed correctly.
  5. I’m also wondering what the local feel is for contributing to this LLC.  I liked the statement Rick made of “put your money where your house is”.  At the same time, it doesn’t seem like the return on this investment will be large or immediate.  Will people contribute an aggregate of $400,000? 

Conceptually, seems possible.  Reality, a significant amount of work needs to be done and this should not be a leap of faith.  Saving the building is the right decision if it can be done prudently and responsibly and most importantly, without municipal funding.

December 4, 2012 - 9:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

A new charge has been filed against a 29-year-old Batavia resident accused of taking a 16-year-old girl out of state for a sexual relationship.

Timothy Michael Logsdon, of Dewey Avenue, Batavia, was arraigned Monday in Town of Batavia Court on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

On or about Sept. 29, Logsdon is accused of taking a teen out of state for the purpose of having a relationship with her.

Logsdon is being held by federal authorities. It's unclear what federal charges Logsdon is being held on.

Kentucky State Police took Logsdon into custody at the end of September in Bowling Green and Logsdon was returned to Genesee County.

He was located after FBI agents tracked his mobile phone activity.  The case began with a complaint by the girl's parents to authorities.

December 4, 2012 - 9:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, thruway, pembroke.

A 42-year-old Porter Avenue resident is in custody facing multiple criminal charges following a high-speed chase Monday night on the Thruway that covered 43 miles, both west and east, and reached speeds of 107 mph.

The chase ended at the toll booth road and Route 98, Batavia, when Ronald L. Worthington allegedly rammed a State Police car not once, but twice, and Worthington's sedan became disabled.

It already had two driver-side flat tires from hitting spike strips placed on the westbound Thruway exit by a deputy.

Worthington is charged with DWI, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, speeding and numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations, according to the State Police.

He was arraigned in city court and ordered held in the Genesee County Jail.

The chase started in the westbound lane of the Thruway, mile marker 401 in Pembroke, at 10:48 p.m.

Worthington allegedly continued west until reaching the toll booth plaza in Williamsville, at which point, the white sedan made a U-turn and headed back eastbound on the Thruway.

State Police units assigned to Troop A, Batavia, were dispatched to the Thruway. Deputies were sent to the Batavia exit -- knowing the suspect was driving a vehicle registered to a Porter Avenue resident -- and a deputy deployed the spike strips just minutes before the suspect reached Batavia.

After running over the spike strips, through the toll both and ramming the trooper car, the white sedan came to a stop and police officers from the State Police, Sheriff's Office and Batavia PD descended on the vehicle. The window on the driver's side was smashed out and officers grabbed Worthington and pulled him out of the vehicle.

Worthington was treated by Mercy EMS personnel for minor cuts caused by broken glass.

At this time, there is no report of a Taser or similar device being used to subdue the suspect.

(Initial Report)




Copyright © 2008-2016 The Batavian. Some Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.
Contact: Howard Owens, publisher (howard (at) the batavian dot com); (585) 250-4118

blue button