BATAVIA –The City Council’s next agenda will include a small but controversial issue that has consumed two meetings: erecting an enclosed dumpster to serve four businesses on the fringe of the downtown business district.
The plan, which first surfaced a month ago, has failed to gain support at two Council meetings, where the latest vote was 6-2 against.
The administration proposal is to spend $65,000, not taxpayer money or part of the year’s $23 million budget, to place a dumpster in the Center Street parking lot, matching similar disposal sites elsewhere downtown.
The $65,000 cost would be offset by $40,000 in proceeds from a tax on video lottery terminals at Batavia Downs Gaming and $25,000 from a state grant for downtown improvements. The plan includes paving the surrounding parking lot.
Businesses pay a $100 annual fee for the dumpsters. They also pay a graduated fee to the Business Improvement District for promotion and other services benefitting scores of retailers and offices.
In other business during its only August session, the Council awarded a $74,186 contract to M.L. Caccamise Electric Corp. for work on the Cedar Street reconstruction project slated for next year.
Cedar Street, a connecting road between State Routes 5 and 63 on the city’s eastern border, will be completely rebuilt with new sidewalks.
A side street entrance will be relocated, and headroom under a railroad bridge will be increased.