Open letter to the Batavia City Council and the Code Enforcement Officer
Submitted by Peter O'Brien on May 10, 2010 - 6:50pm
To those is certainly does concern,
As a tax paying property owner in this city, I demand that my garbage be picked up on the day scheduled. I expect that with my taxes comes the services that are supplied in return. This past Thursday I took my garbage can to the curb as I usually do. I had one can that was severely damaged from several run-ins with cars. However, there were bags inside that could have been removed without the need to lift the can. Instead of my trash being taken away, as I and every other property owner should expect, the can was left on the curb full of garbage. It was obvious that it had been opened since the lid that is normally held in place on top of the can by the handle was found in my front lawn. So since my garbage was not taken, the can stayed there in front of my house waiting till next week.
Today I received a notice from the Code Enforcement Officer that I needed to remove it in 48 hours or face a fine. Well one problem with that. I can have it there on Wednesday after 6:00am without it being an infraction. Good work there. Second problem, I am not the one who left the garbage there. The city government and its contractors did. Not only is this completely stupid that I should be fined for your failure to take my trash away but I believe it is a form of entrapment to charge me for that failure.
Furthermore, this is a policy that is going to drive away people who were ready to make a family here and pay taxes. Your ratios of people receiving government assistance to those paying taxes is not very high. Perhaps you should reconsider some of your policies that drive away those that make a living versus those that steal it through government force.