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The Batavia City Council says there's no hard feelings following what's being called "an oversight" at the groundbreaking for Alpina Foods' new yogurt factory in the Town of Batavia. But at least one councilperson says "it won't happen again."

No city officials were invited to participate in the traditional shoveling ceremony, which included Alpina's top brass and other local and state officials. And afterwards, some reported seeing City Council President Marianne Clattenburg storming away from the ceremony.

Clattenburg today disagreed with that viewpoint, explaining that she needed to return to work.

"It wasn't anything that I took personally," Clattenburg said. "But I do think that the recognition of the role that the City played in this development, and the resources and staff time that was committed...wasn't really recognized yesterday."

Ward 6 councilwoman Rosemary Christian echoed that sentiment.

"Without the city's approval, they wouldn't have their sewers and their water," she said. Christian expressed hope that City Manager Jason Molino would send a letter to the proper party, to prevent such oversight from happening again.

"We'll make sure it'll never happen again – the next time, I'll speak up," she said.

Genesee County Economic Development officials today expressed regret, but stressed that the GCEDC did not orchestrate the event. A media company from Rochester called "Tipping Point Media" 
was hired by Alpina Foods, and was responsible for the final invite list. GCEDC Marketing Director Rachel Tabelski tells WBTA News that Clattenburg did not RSVP by Tuesday, which precluded her involvement in the ceremony.

Timely RSVP's were received from councilmen Bill Cox and Frank Ferrando.

GCEDC President Steve Hyde did include the City in his prepared remarks before the groundbreaking.

Everyone involved calls the situation just "an unfortunate oversight."

 

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