A standing-room only crowd showed up at the Batavia City Council meeting Monday night for a hotly-contested debate over how residents throw away their garbage.
Local residents and officials say they've never seen anything like it before: A capacity crowd for a hearing on how the City of Batavia's trash and recycling pick-up will work in the years ahead.
"If you have a disability, your unemployment rate is 13.7 percent," said Rebecca Oshlag, Batavia resident.
"We can purchase our own totes less expensively than you can supply them for us," Jim Rosenbeck, Batavia resident.
And just kept coming; well-exceeding the legal occupancy for council chambers, mostly to offer criticism of the city's new trash and recycling plan.
"If you approve another contract other than ARC, you will be putting many handicapped people out of work," said Paul Mosley, ARC employee.
The city's new plan would take payment for trash and recycling service out of the property tax structure and make it a separate fee. Residents would be charged to purchase separate totes for trash and recycling, and would pay for garbage service based on how much they throw away.
The plan was endorsed by Batavia City Manager Jason Molino in a video released by the city, but Monday, the manager's plan came under attack.
"One of the homes on the two streets I analyzed will see an overall increase of 65 percent. Council and the taxpayers have clearly been misled by a skewed analysis throughout this process," said Tom Houseknecht, Batavia resident
Some supporters of the new plan pointed out that the new plan does technically offer a tax decrease for City of Batavia residents.
The plan will go to a controversial vote within the coming weeks, and that's not before the supporters of the Genesee ARC say they'll be back with more protests. They plan to write letters in protest as well.