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The City of Batavia has a new fire chief.
He is Jim Maxwell of Greece.
Maxwell begins his job in Batavia on Monday.
Maxwell worked for Kodak’s in house fire department for 23 years.
He was also a volunteer fire fighter and had served as chief of the North Greece Fire Department.
Maxwell will make 75-thousand a year working for Batavia.
City Council last night waived the residency requirement giving Maxwell a year to move into Genesee County.

The plumbers fight back.
A group of licensed city plumbers took strong exception to a report authored by Batavia City Manager Jason Molino critical of the city’s plumbing board. Retired Plumbing Inspector Barb Toal told council last night that the blame for most of the problems cited in Molino’s report lie with Molino himself.
"Management (Molino) has not contacted me about any of this," Toal told council, "what kind of management is running this city?"
Of the several recommendations made in Molino’s report, one appeared to have support of most council members. That recommendation will result in a third party company administering and grading the licensed plumber exams in the future. Council took no formal action last night.

The death of a woman found near railroad tracks in Stafford was caused by a fall.
Genesee County Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster says injuries on the body of 47-year-old Deborah Maniace are consistent with a fall from the Route 33 overpass.
A CSX train operator discovered Maniace’s body early Saturday. The investigation continues into just how Maniace ended up on the overpass.  Brewster said Maniace and her boyfriend had been at the Elba the Elba Onion Festival just hours before her death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

A seventh case of illegal sexual conduct reported in Genesee County since July 1st.
51-year-old Kevin Tierney of Creek Road in Pavilion is accused of Sexual Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
County Sheriff’s Investigator Timothy Weis tells WBTA that Tierney had inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old female without her consent.
Tierney has been released on his own recognizance.


A traffic note:
Union Street in the City of Batavia, between Richmond and Oak streets,  will be closed tomorrow Wednesday, August 11th for paving.
The work is scheduled to begin at 7am, weather permitting, and will continue throughout the day.
Residents are asked not to park on Union St. until the work is finished.


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