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A consultant’s recommendation to increase Batavia’s water and sewer rates by an average of $10 per year for the next five years seems to have the support of City Council.
The study noted that the city’s water and sewer pipes are 50 to 100 years old and much of the associated equipment is beyond its life expectancy.
The study recommends a water rate increase of 2 and-a-half percent, per year, for the next five years and a Capital Improvement fee of $1 per quarter increasing to $3 per quarter at the end of the five year period.

In their first regular business meeting of the New Year Council approved a transfer of $35,000 from the contingency account to the legal budget. Council scampered into secret session in the middle of last night’s meeting to be briefed on the status of lawsuits chewing up the legal fees.
Most notable is the lawsuit against the city filed by the City Centre Mall Merchants Association.

The former bus driver for Kid Rock pleads not guilty to felony DWI charges in Genesee County Court.
37-year-old Joseph Devlin was arrested last July while behind the wheel of Kid Rock’s tour bus. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled him over and busted him for DWI.
Devlin was then fired as Kid Rock’s bus driver.
He entered his plea yesterday in Genesee County Court. Devlin is due back in court in March.

New York State is out for a fight – the Ultimate Fighting Championship series.
In effort to generate more revenue, Governor Paterson wants to legalize ultimate fighting in the Empire State.
Due to the violent nature of the sport, former New York Governor George Pataki banned such fighting from the state in 1997.
But officials estimate millions of dollars could be generated for the state if the sport is once again made legal.

Bills fans are making it clear whom they want as new head coach. A billboard on the Niagara Thruway reads "Buffalo Fans Want Bill Cowher." The electronic message went up yesterday near the Clinton Street exit and refers to the former Pittsburgh head coach. The billboard says it was paid for by Bills fans. The former Super Bowl winning coach is now a television commentator and the Bills have been trying to lure him back to the sidelines. However, one ESPN reporter says that Cowher and Buffalo are not likely to happen.


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