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The Genesee County Legislature Wednesday unanimously approved a delay in executing a new sales tax agreement with the City of Batavia, apparently confident that the city will eventually approve joining a countywide water distribution system.

The pact's effective date was moved ahead from Dec. 1 to March 1, 2000, because of the state's timetable to approve the five-year agreement.

The Legislature is awaiting city approval on joining a water distribution system tied to water authorities in Monroe and Erie counties. The City Council has had six informational meetings and special sessions in the past six weeks without reaching a vote on the pact. The issue was tabled by the Council last week with a special session set for Thursday of next week when a vote is expected.

The Legislature's Ways and Means Committee will meet Oct. 6 to review changes sought by the city as the result of Council and citizen protests. The changes involve the continued use of city water as long as feasible and maintaining local control.

The original agreement would have the county take over the city's water plant, well fields and distribution lines and import water from Monroe County. At public hearings, the Council heard an outcry that Monroe County water was inferior to the city's own sources.

Legislative Chairman Roger W. Trifthauser said Wednesday that despite the controversy and delay, he is confident the legislature is "unanimously in favor of proceeding."

In other business:

The legislature approved allocating a $532,760 contract to Jameson Roofing Co. of Dunkirk to replace the roof on County Building #2 on West Main Street Road. Jameson was the lowest of eight bidders for the monthlong job.

Despite concerns about supporting local businesses, the lawmakers approved spending $88,574 for two highway department trucks to be supplied by Fleet Maintenance, Inc. of Buffalo.

Adopted a resolution commending Six Flags Darien Lake as the largest theme park in the state, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors this year, double the attendance of five years ago.

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