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City manager recommends engineering firm HUNT to oversee $1 million downtown/mall project

The city of Batavia has apparently concluded its “hunt” for the right engineering company to manage the downtown/shopping center rehabilitation project.

According to a memo to city council dated Feb. 16, City Manager Rachael Tabelski recommends that the city contract with HUNT E/A/S of Rochester for architectural and engineering services for the design of the project improvements. The total cost of the contract is $99,317.

Tabelski wrote that three companies responded to the city’s request for proposals under the $1 million downtown revitalization initiative and two were selected as finalists. From there, Tabelski met with a panel of city and Batavia Development Corp staffers. to make the final selection.

According to the memo, HUNT’s work includes curating Sibley Square, the Wegmans Food Markets Reuse Project and the Regal Cinema Complex Repurposing Project.

“They are bringing together a team of professionals dedicated to the public revival of downtown Batavia’s mall and the re-establishment of Main Street as a destination,” Tabelski wrote. “The HUNT team, in conjunction with Vargas Associates, has a long-established reputation for creating adaptive reuse projects and involves a uniquely personalized approach.”

The topic is on the agenda for Monday evening’s city council conference meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

Other items to note on the agenda include:

  • Public hearings to pass the 2022-23 city budget and amend a local law to set new water rates, meter fees and capital improvement fees. The budget of $29,700,792 from all funds ($17,853,892 from the general fund) includes a tax levy of $5,986,000. The property tax rate is $8.94 per $1,000 of assessed value, a decrease of 78 cents from the 2021-22 rate. Water rates and meter charges will increase by 1.5%.
  • Four measures concerning work at the wastewater treatment plant and at the wastewater treatment plant:

(1) Issuing a tender document for an approved construction company to replace six filters at the water treatment plant to improve the efficiency and capacity of the production of plant water;

(2) Following a competitive bidding process, award contracts to six companies to supply the various chemicals used in the facilities – quicklime, ferric sulphate, fluosilicic acid, carbon dioxide, liquid alum and liquid phosphate;

(3) Contract with Ron Hutcheson, the lowest bidder, to harvest fathead minnows at the treatment plant. Hutcheson agreed to pay the city $27,000 in 2022, $28,000 in 2023, and $29,000 in 2024.

(4) Use of $60,000 of the City’s sewer fund sludge reserve to conduct an assessment of the maximum allowable headworks loads as part of the headworks, capacity analysis and the financial planning study at the wastewater treatment plant. The plan is to sample different pollutants at multiple points in the system, including tributaries, effluents and lift stations, Tabelski said.

  • Acceptance of a $1 million community development block grant to install 2,250 linear feet of 8-inch watermain along Jackson Street and to commit $414,017 from the trust fund reserves. city ​​water to pay the remaining cost of the project.
  • Acceptance of a $5,000 scholarship from the GO Art! Statewide Community Regrant Program to fund “Community Garden in Bloom,” the creation of a seasonal mural of multiple painted panels at the Community Garden on MacArthur Drive. The project is expected to run from June to October.