City council takes next step on consolidation path
Consolidation of the town and the city took another incremental step forward Monday night as the Batavia City Council passed a resolution to form a committee to select a committee.
Three council members are being tasked with the job of finding residents to serve on the Consolidation Charter Task Force.
The task force will be asked to write a new charter for the proposed merged municipality.
Voters in both jurisdictions would then be asked in 2012 to vote for or against the charter.
Representing the city would be Marianne Clattenburg, Tim Buckley and Frank Ferrando.
The town will also appoint three representatives to review potential members of the charter task force.
The elected officials will not actually be involved in the charter task force.
Councilman Bob Bialkowski objected to taking this next step toward consolidation.
He said consolidation efforts in other communities have really turned into civil wars.
"It’s turning neighbor against neighbor, relative against relative," Bialkowski said. "It removes a lot of local control and it doesn’t solve the problem.
"I hate to see community torn apart," he added, "The majority of the people in the town are going to vote against it anyway."