BATAVIA — The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) was unable to have its annual meeting and awards presentation in April, but BID honored its award winners and looked ahead to its goals for the year in a recently released video.

BID Executive Director Beth Kemp thanked Business of the Year Award recipient Freed Maxick, saying it has been an asset to BID for several years.

“They have sponsored events, volunteered their time, assisted with all of our crazy accounting questions or concerns. They have been extremely helpful with knowledge and guidance during these past few months,” Kemp said.“Thank you to everyone over there ... all of your support and dedication and to the downtown Batavia BID and all our businesses.”

Danielle Fleming received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Our Volunteer of the Year Award goes to a lady who stepped onto an event-planning committee a couple of years ago and just brought so much positivity and amazing ideas that we were lucky enough to keep her on some of our committees,” Kemp said. “She volunteers on Promotions Committee and our Christmas in the City. She volunteers her time all day (to) set up for Christmas in the City and Parade — helping with anything from setup to manning fire barrels to whatever is needed,” Kemp said. “She has brought great connections to the BID from music contacts, parade participants, as well as a great connectivity from downtown to Batavia Downs, where she works.”

The third award, Community Partner of the Year, went to Lisa Casey, representing the city of Batavia.

“This award was created based on the number of organizations and agencies BID works with to recognize the strength of those partnerships. The recipient of this year’s award has been instrumental, over years of service, to the downtown BID through volunteering on almost every single event that I can think of, to being on committees, being a liaison between the BID and city of Batavia ...” Kemp said. “Most recently, she also ran lead on getting those amazing holiday lights up throughout our downtown. She has also sewn over 100 masks for local workers during her off-time during the last couple of months of the pandemic.”

Also during the video, BID welcomed property owner Peter Casey as its newest board member.

Kemp said BID is moving ahead with an agreement it has with Spectrum. Spectrum will provide free WiFi for downtown, she said.

“We are excited to be moving forward with our WiFi agreement with Spectrum, bringing WiFi to the entire BID, (which) offers even more attraction to our downtown and to our visitors,” she said. “It’s in the beginning stages. We’re working with their engineers to come up with the best design plan to cover the entire BID district. As of this week, we received documentation on suggested points of access. Our next step will be contacting the property owners and asking their permission if they will allow an access point on their property as part of that. The best part of this agreement is that it costs BID nothing.”

Kemp said Spectrum’s proposal is to have 40 WiFi access points within the BID.

“We have started reaching out to the property owners. So far, we have had a positive response back. I think the majority of our property owners are excited to have that,” Kemp said.

Kemp also said the downtown market at Alva Place and Bank Street is tentatively planning to open June 5.

“There have been increased safety guidelines across the board to all markets that they have to follow. Our market board is making sure they can implement all of those guidelines for health and safety of our vendors and consumers ... Look forward to the public market from June through October ...” she said.

The video, which includes BID”s budget information and goals for 2020-2021 fiscal year is available at: https://downtownbataviany.com/index.php/bid/annual-report/

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