BATAVIA – The City Council has chosen economy over aesthetics in resolving a long dispute over enclosing unsightly trash bins in a fringe of the downtown district.
The Council voted Monday to spend $30,000 to resurface a Center Street parking lot but dropped a companion plan to enclose receptacles that serve four nearby businesses. That would have added $10,000 of public money to the cost of fencing. The paving expense will come from a fund to care for existing lots.
That fund will get the money from the city’s take of video lottery terminals at Batavia Downs Gaming. At recent meetings, the Council has been divided over spending city funds on a project that helps private businesses.
A contract to replace about 8,000 feet of sidewalk and handicapped access on part of five streets was awarded to Titan Development Inc., of Gasport, the low bidder at $251,850.
In another boost to the development of the Genesee Valley Agri-business Park, the Council accepted “public dedication” of a sanitary sewer line and pump station where the Town of Batavia food processing park and its two yogurt makers will become part of the municipal sewer system.
The Council also voted to transfer funds to replace equipment compatible with the Genesee County Sheriff Office’s upgraded emergency radio system.
Transfers from the Police Equipment and Fire Equipment Reserve funds – $5,000 and $24,000, respectfully, will pay for the equipment that is being offered at a reduced cost.
Fire Chief James P. Maxwell said an auction of existing equipment could cover at least $20,000. Police chief Shawn Heubusch also expects some auction proceeds.
The projected cost is $24,000, but additional items may be needed to comply with the countywide call system.