A divided Batavia Town Board skirted a major issue and cast 3-2 votes on three other resolutions during a two-hour meeting Wednesday.
A motion to table paying $600 for shredding old town documents lost, 3-2, despite Supervisor June C. Vukman's complaint that the expense was a waste of taxpayers money.
The board then approved the payment, 3-2, with Mrs. Vukman and Kathryn E. Seweryniak dissenting.
The same two objected to a proposal calling for one board meeting a month in July, August and December. Ms. Seweryniak and Mrs. Vukman said the month-long interval between meetings was "too long."
The majority of Councilmen George F. Forsyth, Alfred E. Lang and Frank Gorecki Jr. also prevailed in approving a two-year contract with Greg Post, the town's Water and Sewer Department foreman. The new contract pays $33,000.
The board agreed to hire Robert B. McCutcheon to assist Town Attorney Benjamin J. Bonarigo on arbitration proceedings with the city over a long-standing dispute on rates for city water supplied to town water districts. Mrs. Vukman abstained because of a personal conflict.
Only passing mention was given to a controversy over extending a sewer line to property behind the Sheraton Batavia Inn for a light commercial development proposed by Dan Taussig of Cleveland.
The board has wrestled with the problem for two years. Taussig recently denied Forsyth's contention that an agreement had been reached where the developer would pay for part of the sewer line cost. In a letter read Wednesday, Taussig said he would delay the project for one year.
Mrs. Vukman and Forsyth have been sparring at recent meetings over who is responsible for repeated delays in extending the sewer line. Forsyth has claimed Taussig would pay much of the cost while Mrs. Vukman has insisted that state agency approvals are still needed.
Concern has been expressed by the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency and some town officials that the delays would encourage Taussig to look elsewhere. Taussig wants to erect a building for his Graphic Arts Display on a 5-acre site off Park Road near the Thruway. The land is owned by George Hakes who, according to Forsyth, has also agreed to help finance the required sewer line.