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If the citizens who packed the city council board room had the final say, Batavia’s proposed new pay-as-you-throw trash plan would be thrown out.
It was nearly standing room only for last night’s council session.
16 people spoke, 13 of them were against the plan to bring in an out of state company to use plastic totes to collect trash, a move that also tosses out the Genesee ARC who has done the job for the past 28 years.
Genesee ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski was moved by the support:
"It's very gratifying. What is amazing is, many of these people I do not know so I think it is truly the citizens of Batavia expressing their opinion. If they can make a difference I think they should. It is Their (the public's) decsion."
The city maintains that the switch to the pay-as-you throw service will cut property taxes and shift the expense to a more equitable user fee.
City Council will make the final decision.
Council President Tim Buckley is non-committal:
"I'm prepared at this point to look at it very closely and weigh both sides and then make an intelligent decision."
Council has set February 11th for a public hearing on the proposed budget.

Last night’s council meeting was a marathon three hour session. 
City lawmakers disappeared for a half-hour executive session, the reason for which was not disclosed.
Public discussion topics ranged from sidewalk snow removal, to assault weapons to safety in schools and more money for unspecified mental health services.
Council took no formal action on any of those issues.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is out with its list of annual honorees.
The Chamber has selected two “Geneseeans of the Year”
They are former Veterans Services Director James Neider and Real Estate Broker Lois Gerace  owner of Bob Harris Realty.
Both will be honored during the Chamber’s annual awards ceremony on April 13th.
Also being recognized:
Oliver’s Candies, Business of the Year,
Empire Tractor, Agricultural Business of the Year,
Innovative Community Contribution: The Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden
and special recognition was extended to St. Joseph Catholic School.
Persons wishing to attend the awards ceremony can contact the Chamber of Commerce.

The Buffalo Bills fan who was seriously injured after a game in November has now died from his injuries.  Rob Sitter of Hamilton, Ontario was struck by a taxi while crossing Southwestern Boulevard after a Thursday night game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Sitter was improving last month and doctors upgraded his condition from critical to serious, but he took a turn for the worse and has now passed away.


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