Today's Poll: Should the City restore the pillars at Redfield Parkway
I voted no, because I think the money could be more well spent elsewhere but the idea of creating a special assessment for Redfield residents is ridiculous, because the pillars are located on City property.
I don't know, maybe I need to take a closer look at them but just driving past them they seem fine to me. But if indeed they are deteriorating then yes....fix them
I believe that these stone pillars are a part of the Batavia lore. However, the job should be open to competitive bidding. The original estimates seemed way too high.
With a Historical restoration, you go to an expert in such matters and put it up for bid to specialists. The pillars will be completely and methodically dismantled, with photos taken, and the individual stones will be labeled-numbered. Eventually, I would like to see photos of the before, during, and after on display at the Holland Land Office.
The appropriate mortar must be used for longevity. It is not like repointing a chimney. Do it right or don't do it at all. There is no hurry to get it done, and perhaps there are funds or grants available to offset costs.
I did not vote yes or no since the funding options where not there and the question of the parts on private property are left out. Yes, I'd like to see them fixed, but not fully by tax payers who have not interest or attachment to them.
♥ Before someone drags me back into the box, here's my thought. Have someone from the Harvester Makerspace complex create a 3-D print of the pillars. Fill them up with JELL-O. Hold an annual contest at Batavia elementary schools, for up-and-coming artists, to paint the individual "stones" (earth-tones only - no psychedelic colors allowed). • For an added bonus, you could slip some Frosty-the-Snowman 3-D prints over the pillars during the Christmas season.
Thank you Rich Richmond for your concise explanation of what a restoration involves. If anyone questions the deterioration taking place they should take the time to look at them up close. City property that needs to be maintained. How many taxpayer dollars have been spent on them in 106 years? Virtually nothing. I am not ready to concede I own a single pillar. So far...one attorneys opinion. And if we do own it..we will address that at the proper time.
Since I was a little kid the entry to Red Field Parkway represented Batavia to me. It was the gateway to the VA hospital where my Grandfather often lived and it is cemented in my mind as "Batavia".
The loss of the pillars would be like losing the Old Court House or the Holland Land Office. There are iconic things that make a "place".
Losing the icons means losing the "place".
Is there a way to get them added to the National Register of Historic Places and if so, would that open the door for grant funding to repair/maintain them?