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The Batavia City Council has directed that the city get out of trash collection business.
Council last night defeated the highly touted Pay-as-You-Throw program by a vote of 7 to 2.
City Manager Jason Molino, who had pressed hard for the single vendor, tote based collection system, talked about what happens now:
"We will do two things: one, we will revisit the current local law which would have to be amended to allow the city to discontinue providing trash collection and allow residents to contract privately.  Secondly, we will look at the budget to remove the refuse fund which was ultimately going to fund the program."
Defeat of the new trash program was cheered by supporters of the Genesee ARC who once again filled the council chamber.
ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski said the ARC could become a private vendor:
"We are looking at that. We are trying to prepare ourselves for something  like that and expand into other communities in Genesee County.  I think the council and the city administration has alot of work ahead of them."
The ARC has been exclusive trash and recycling hauler in the city for the past 28 years.Council will meet on Wednesday night with the city manager to discuss options for getting out of the trash business.
The vote against the trash plan delayed action of the 2013-2014 city budget, a financial plan that must be adopted by March 31st. 

From Genesee County Court:
An Oakfield man facing four felony charges related to driving while intoxicated was sentenced to one-and-one-third to four years in state prison. 
34-year-old Walter Hale Jr. was arrested this past summer and charged with violating Leandra’s Law for allegedly driving drunk with three children in the car. 

Also from county court: sentencing for put off until next month for 24-year-old Randy Johnson of Batavia. 
The Walnut Street man was accused of violently assaulting an eight-month-old baby causing the child to be hospitalized with a head injury. 
Judge Robert Noonan said he needs more information, either from the treating physician or an expert in shaken baby syndrome before pronouncing sentence.  
Following the baby’s release from the hospital last year, it was placed in the custody and care of Child Protective Services.

A city of Tonawanda company has filed a lawsuit against the Batavia based Western regional Off Track Betting after losing out on a security contract.  U-and-S Services claims it lost the contract with OTB despite submitting a bid that was 400-thousand-dollars lower than a company known as IK Systems.  U-and-S claims they lost the bid because of favoritism. OTB President Michael Kane defended the decision, saying the U-and-S bid did not meet contract specifications.

Another round of winter weather is expected to hit the Western New York area today.  The National Weather Service is keeping a close eye on a weather system that could bring either very wet snow or rain to the Buffalo-Niagara area.  Snow totals south of Buffalo are expected to be heavier.


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