BATAVIA – The Batavia Town Board’s last meeting of 2015 was an emotional one as Alfred E. Lang – supported by about 30 family members in attendance – said farewell Wednesday after a 22-year career as a councilman.
Lang, 75, has retired from public service and will be replaced on the board by Sharon E. White, who was elected in November.
“Thank you to everybody in the town and to all my family – as you can see, a bunch of them are here tonight,” Lang said, fighting back tears.
The Batavia native served for 13 years before taking time off due to heart bypass surgery. He was re-elected to the board nine years ago.
He attributed the municipality’s progress to current Supervisor Gregory H. Post.
“It was totally different when I came back because we have a leader,” Lang said. “We have accomplished so much more … things that should have been accomplished 25 years ago.”
Lang said he was most proud of the business development on the west side of town, and making sure the Town Hall was built on West Main Street Road, not on Veterans Memorial Drive, which is the site of several “big box” stores.
Lang also thanked his wife, Deanna, for “putting up with me for 57 years.” The couple has nine children and 38 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Post called Lang a man of integrity, and someone who “looked forward on behalf of the next generation.”
The board took the following action:
• Terminated a contract for Phase Two comprehensive master plan update services with Labella Associates of Rochester. The pact called for spending up to $26,000 for Labella’s assistance but was deemed unnecessary due to a grant obtained through the Green Genesee/Smart Genesee project, Post said.
• Renewed code enforcement agreements with the towns of Pembroke, Le Roy and Elba that provide reciprocal coverage during periods when enforcement officers are unavailable due to illness, vacation or other reasons.
• Approved an increase of $60,000 for additional inspection services by Clark Patterson Lee and $20,000 for the town’s construction costs related to the Townline Water Project being undertaken by the towns of Batavia, Elba and Oakfield.
• Accepted $1.5 million worth of highway, water and sewer work at the new Oakwood Hills subdivision on East Main Street Road as satisfactory.