Main Street concerns addressed

Main Street Program Manager Karen Adams spent more than two hours answering questions about that program in a special session of the Batavia Village Council Monday, Jan. 29.

Those questions were posed by council members Michelle Gardener and Summer Tyler. Neither Gardner not Tyler were members of council in 2004 when the village became a member of the Ohio Main Street Program. The program provides participating communities with the technical assistance they need as to revitalize traditional commercial or historic areas.

The councilwomen had submitted wide-ranging questions about the program’s financing, goals, and operation in writing to Adams some time before the meeting.

Before Adams addressed the questions, Mayor John Thebout presented to council correspondence concerning the Main Street Program from community members who are sensing what may be a growing reluctance on the village council’s part to support the program.