posted on February 11, 2014 09:12
Genesee County is escaping the latest round of weather advisories this morning, but to our north, there is a lake effect snow advisory in effect until one this afternoon. It is for Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe counties. Monroe County and Rochester is expecting 3 to 6 inches of new snow today.
The City of Batavia has come to contract terms with its fire fighters.
City Council last night approved a six year deal with the firemen’s union that calls for annual pay raises of 2.75-percent per year, retroactive to April 2013.
The pact also calls for the elimination of retiree health care benefits for all new hires. Council also voted to delay filling vacancies until next year which will save just over 15 thousand dollars.
City council also approved cuts in the proposed city budget that total 54 thousand dollars. Council eliminated proposals for Wi-Fi hardware, a Batavia Development Corporation service agreement, an electric car charging station and a police vehicle. The cuts removed 10 cents off the tax rate, leaving a tax rate of 9.17 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.
Flames caused an estimated 10 thousand dollars damage to a home at 38-83 West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia yesterday morning. Firemen were able to quickly extinguish the flames. When they arrived they found resident Shawn Gaylord trying to fight the fire himself with an extinguisher and containers of water. Town of Batavia Fire Chief Paul Barrett says the cause is believed to be electrical in origin. There were no injuries reported.
City Police have arrested 39 year old Robert Plantiko of Thorpe Street in Batavia on a change of endangering the welfare of a child. He reportedly had not provided proper care for children in his custody. Bail has been set at 100 dollars for Plantiko.
40 year old William Dale of Franklin Street in Dansville has been charged with petit larceny. He was a passenger in a car that was stopped by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies. It was discovered during the stop that Dale was wanted on a warrant issued by Town of Batavia Court. He’s in jail with bail set at 200 dollars.
It’s off to Albany today for developers, lawmakers, and union officials from Genesee County. They’re seeking 33 million dollars for the Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Plant to be located in the Town of Alabama. Advocates of the project predict the proposed plant will create 9 thousand high salaries technical positions in the next ten years. The plant would produce computer chips. Solar panels, and semiconductors.