The city's proposed pay-per-bag trash collection system, which delayed passage of a new $7.1 million budget more than two months ago, will be the subject of another public hearing June 12.
The Common Council Monday night approved holding a hearing on a revised "Garbage and Refuse" amendment to the city's Municipal Code.
After some discussion the Council voted, 5-3, to move the hearing from the City Council chambers to a larger auditorium at the Batavia Senior Center because of a large expected turnout.
The initial proposal met overwhelming opposition at a public hearing in March and resulted in an unexpected 6-3 defeat of the original budget proposal.
The only speaker at Monday's meeting, Paul Martino, accused the Council of using the trash-bag system as a "smoke screen" to cover a "massive tax increase."
Martino noted that the new budget, despite deleting $500,000 for the customary trash pickup, included a 9 percent tax increase.
The city, faced with rising costs for solid-waste disposal, has been seeking a self-paying system where homeowners would buy trash bags. The plan would also promote recycling numerous throwaway items.
The Council Monday took another step forward in the ongoing controversy over new sidewalks, voting, 8-0, for the "necessity of constructing sidewalks on Oak Street."
The reconstruction of Gansen Avenue also will include sidewalks on the north side of the street.
A contract for the $173,645 project was awarded to E & R General Construction Inc. of West Seneca.
Public hearings were also approved for June 12 on zoning changes that would allow Norman Castine of Williamsville to build a beverage distribution warehouse at 557-559 E. Main St. and Joseph P. Caruso to operate an automotive repair business on Evans Street.
Former Councilman at large James F. DeLong, who moved to Florida last year, criticized city officials for the "poor job" done by Memphis Construction Co. of Syracuse on South Main Street, the site of work done in the past year for the city's new wastewater treatment plant.
DeLong, who still owns property on the street, said repaving was improperly done; lawns were ruined, and the drainage is inadequate.
The Council, in a 7-1 vote, tabled a resolution authorizing a $2,900 contract with the YWCA. Council Members Marjorie Bostwick and Charles Ruffino criticized the YWCA for "its failure to work out problems with its neighbors."
"If they don't want to work with us," Mrs. Bostwick declared, "we have to send them a message." The recreation and art program was started last year with some city financing.