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 The Town of Batavia was not the only site under consideration for the Project Wave yogurt manufacturing plant.But it was the best site.This from a high level executive of Pepsico, one of two corporate partners in Project Wave, now under construction in the Genesee County Agribusiness Park. Mark Koenig is the Director of Engineering and Technology for Pepsi. He spoke at the annual luncheon of the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

"Things that you guys are doing from an agricultural standpoint, are best in class. That's why we're here-your milk supply, your milk availabilty, your milk quality, are all absolutely best in class," said Koenig.

Koening said through the cooperation of various local agencies what would normally be a 30-month project, will be completed in about half that time.
The project puts Pepsico together with a German firm, Mueller Group, to build a 200 million dollar yogurt manufacturing facility which is expect to employ 186 people. 

It has been pretty warm outside this past week, setting record highs all week. Yesterday alone, it was 80 degrees in Batavia and the highest temperature the thermometer hit this week was 82 on Wednesday...but what do these hot temperatures mean for the rest of the spring and summer? For example, it may not even make it near 70 degrees today. Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Tom Aone, says lately it has been 30 to 35 degrees above average in Western New York, but that doesn't mean it will feel that way forever.

"This is just one unusually mild pattern we've had during the past week," says Aone. "But, it doesn't mean that it will continue to this degree for the rest of the spring and summer."

Aone says that temperatures will be lower next week, and we may not even break 40 degrees on Monday. His advice for people is to keep checking the weather, because you cannot be positive that there will be warm weather everyday. 

Rochester is set to receive $3 million for reducing hazardous lead. Funding will be used to provide community outreach and training. Homes will be evaluated to remove any hazardous lead if need be. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can cause permanent learning disabilities, especially in children. Senator Charles Schumer made the announcement today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Program awarded the funding to the city. Schumer says that it is crucial to eliminate lead in homes to protect children from lead poisoning.

A local man was indicted by the Genesee County Grand Jury on felony charges of attempted assault of a police officer, a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child and driving while under the influence of drugs. On November 3, in the town of Byron, James A. Klotzbach is accused of driving his vehicle at a marked State Police Car, occupied by Trooper James Baines, in an attempt to injure him. Klotzbach was also said to have been impaired by drugs and to have had a sixteen year-old passenger in the car at the time of the incident. 

From WBTA’s eye on government:
Batavia City Council will hold a conference meeting on Monday at 7 PM in the second floor Council Board Room at the Batavia City Centre. The public is permitted to speak by signing in with the City Clerk prior to the meeting.
The Batavia City School District Board of Education will also be holding their regular meeting on Monday at 7PM in the Administration Building Conference Room at 39 Washington Avenue in Batavia. The public is welcome to attend.

 

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