BATAVIA – Batavia city officials are voicing concerns about non sales-tax generating businesses trying to locate on Randall Road.
“The danger signs are there,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said at Tuesday’s Joint Committee of the Whole meeting. “Batavia has become highly dependent on the sales tax we get. We need to put some constraints on how much non sales-tax use we put on Randall Road.”
Aldermen on Tuesday did recommend amending a city ordinance to allow medical offices as a conditional use. Pacer Dental proposes to open a full-service dental practice in a 1,525-square-foot building at 853 N. Randall Road, located near the Walmart store at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway.
The recommendation will go before the full City Council on Monday. Originally, medical and dental clinics were listed as prohibited uses.
In 2009 – at the request of the property owner, Aetna Development Corp. – the Batavia City Council approved an ordinance that removed medical and dental clinics from the list of prohibited uses but no action was taken to add them to the list of allowed uses.
Schielke said he wasn’t concerned about Pacer Dental’s proposal because of its small size. But he was worried about larger, non sales-tax generating businesses trying to locate on Randall Road.
Sixth Ward Alderman Lisa Clark also voiced concerns about more and more non sales-tax generating businesses wanting to be on Randall Road.
“I don’t want it to get out of control,” Clark said.