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Residents in the Town of Batavia whose water wells have become contaminated with harmful bacteria, are learning that their only viable option will be expensive.
That option is building a public water supply.
Just over a hundred town residents met with officials last night to hear the latest results of water well testing.
Of the wells tested by the health department, 25-percent are contaminated with either human or bovine fecal bacteria while half the wells have unacceptable level of nitrates.

The town has designated five potential water districts with the largest north of the thruway, east and west of Route 98.

Town Engineer Steve Mountain talks about the timeline of the project and estimates the cost to the average homeowner at $750 per year

The last water district project in the town was along Ellicott Street and Townline Road. That project took just over 8 months start to finish.

The Genesee County Legislature has gone on record opposed to the state’s new DWI law, dubbed, Leandra’s law.
County lawmakers are quick to point out that it is not the provision of the law making it a felony to drive drunk while children are in the car,…but another  provision that mandates breath interlock devices.
The legislature wants the courts to decide whether or not an offender should be required to use the interlock device. As the law is written now, use of the device would be mandated for all DWI offenders and the costs would be borne by individual counties.

An Orleans County man is facing charges of robbery and assault for allegedly stealing three long guns from a man in Byron.
Deputies said 45-year-old Darrell Reid of Holley used force to steal the guns from the unidentified victims, and during the robbery, Reid allegedly broke the nose of his victim and cut him above the eye.
All of this happened on North Bergen Road in Byron early last Saturday morning.

 

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