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Genesee County auctioning off ‘surplus’ 1999 Corvette with 28,000 miles

BATAVIA – Genesee County is auctioning off surplus equipment from the Sheriff’s Office, and the most interesting item: a silver convertible 1999 Corvette with 28,000 miles.

Starting bid: $15,500

The Sheriff’s Office took ownership of the Corvette as the result of a drug-case forfeiture and will be disposing of it via an online auction running from Oct. 6-13 at www.teitsworth.com.

Legislature Chairman Raymond F. Cianfrini and several other legislators joked that they wanted the car for themselves before voting unanimously to move it to the auction, where anyone can bid.

“It has been a running joke ever since we found out the sheriff had it,” Assistant County Manager L. Matthew Landers said.

Sheriff Gary T. Maha said the car is in “excellent condition” and he hopes it goes for at least $19,000. It can be viewed at the Sheriff’s Office on Park Road by calling (585) 345-3000, Ext. 3503.

In other business, the Legislature:

• Accepted two grants from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency – $196,000 for emergency management services’ equipment in the event of an attack where weapons of mass destruction are used and $115,000 to support anti-terrorism preparation, prevention and response activities. The emergency management services grant will be shared with Livingston, Monroe, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Twenty-five percent of the anti-terrorism funds must be used by the Sheriff’s Office for equipment such as surveillance cameras, radios and computers, Maha said.

• Renewed a retroactive one-year pact for $704,000 with the state’s Unified Court System for security through the Sheriff’s Office at the Genesee County Courts Facility.

• Approved the appointment of Jeanne Walton, YWCA of Genesee County executive director, to the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee in light of the agency’s work with victims of domestic violence and its Care & Crisis Helpline services, which often involve the criminal justice system.

• Authorized charge-backs totaling $57,000 for expenses and pay for election inspectors in the county’s 13 towns and City of Batavia.