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For months the Batavia City Council has been talking trash, now – the talk is over.
The Council voted 8 to 1 last night to adopt a new trash ordinance that leaves garbage collection and disposal up to individual property owners.
Expect a letter from city hall by the end of this week or early next explaining property owners responsibilities under the new ordinance. City Manager Jason Molino says the city will list 3 to 4  vendors for private trash pick-up – including the ARC, the agency that has collected the city’s trash for the past 28 years.
The ARC’s contract has been extended for two months. Residents will have to find another way to get rid of their trash by June 1st.

Council also passed a new city budget. The $23-million spending plan reduces taxes by about 13-percent but it does it by removing the cost of garbage collection, a cost that will now be borne by individual property owners.

44-year-old Todd Weaver of Seven Springs Road has been sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison.
Weaver led police in two counties on a chase last November that began in Medina and ended in Batavia when he ran out of gas.
Police said Weaver was apparently under the influence of drugs at the time. 

An Orleans County man accused of killing his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty.
61-yedar-old Frederick Miller of Carlton entered his plea yesterday to a charge of second degree murder in the death of 53 year old Rachel Miller.
Authorities say Miller beat the woman to death at the home the couple shared on Oak Orchard Road.
Miller remains in jail in lieu of $1-million bail.

New York State's new gun control law remains unpopular with residents up and down the Empire State.  Fifty-one of New York's 62 counties have passed a resolution in opposition to the SAFE Act, which puts limits on assault weapons and ammunition magazines, among other checks.
Genesee County passed a measure of opposition earlier this month.


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