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An agreement to end the near decade long legal battle over Batavia’s mall was outlined at last night’s City Council Meeting.
The City of Batavia has agreed to take over the operation and maintenance of the city Centre Mall concourse and manage the property as an economic development venture.
Tenants will be charged a user fee based upon the amount of square footage they occupy and the money will pay for future capital improvements.
The city will spend $650,000 to fix the leaking roof no later than March 31st, 2020.
City Manager Jason Molino explains who is responsible for what. 

“Right now you would have public works would be responsible for the day to day oversight in turns of custodial, janitorial, repairs and maintenance types of things.  I think where the opportunity comes into play is immediately now that the Batavia Development Corporation can assist in helping redevelop, look at interested parties and work with interested parties in the mall itself.”

So what would the President of the Batavia Development Corporation Pier Cipollone like to see in the mall? 

“Personally I would love to see retail, little boutique stores, t-shirt shop, anything where someone can come in buy something and walk out the door.  What we have now is a little bit of a mix of retail and medical and the mall was really never designed for the medical world, but because the space was available it was made use of.”

The deal is still subject to the approval of City Council, the Mall Merchants Association, the mall property owners and the malls largest tenant JC Penney.

Reports of counterfeit currency in Batavia illicit an alert from Batavia PD.
City Police have received multiple complaints from local businesses that small denomination counterfeit bills were being passed off at their locations.
For those dealing with suspicious currency the department outlined a few simple items to check.
They say it’s hard to recreate the color shifting ink that displays the denomination in the bottom right corner of a bill, and to slide your fingernail down the collar or jacket of the bill to feel for raised printing.
There should be Red and Blue threads woven into the fabric of the bill and an authentic looking watermark.
Lastly blurry borders, printing or text is always a red flag.

Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has released names of missing snowmobilers.
The Sheriff’s Office believes that Christopher Copeland and Jason Fluet had been riding their snowmobiles last weekend when they broke through the ice on Conesus Lake.
The two men were last seen on Friday and the search for their bodies is expected to resume today.

Speeding in Stafford leads to a list of charges against a Rochester man.
33 year old Jarvis Seymore of Rochester was stopped on Clinton Street Road in Stafford for allegedly speeding.
The roadside investigation revealed Seymore was allegedly in possession of Marijuana and was driving without the proper license.
He is facing charges of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation along with Unlicensed Operator and was released with a speeding ticket.

An Orleans County Man picked up for shoplifting in Batavia.
34 year old Donald Armstrong of Kent was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny following a complaint at K-Mart.
Armstrong had allegedly concealed merchandise in his clothing and passed all points of purchase before being apprehended.
He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court.

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