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COUNCIL APPROVES SALE OF SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER

The City Council on Monday night approved the sale for $1 of the city's Senior Citizen Center to Genesee County.

The long-debated issue passed in a 6-3 vote after Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian lost an attempt to table the resolution. The two-story building at 2 Bank St. has housed both senior citizen and youth programs for the last 20 years.

The Council debated the future of the facility for several weeks. New wording in the sale agreement, reached earlier this week in a compromise with county officials, says that if senior citizen activities are no longer provided by the county, the center would revert to city ownership.

Councilmen Franklin J. Battaglia and Edward DeJaneiro Jr. joined Ms. Christian in voting no.

Each expressed fears about whether senior citizen programs would be continued, especially if state and federal funding should cease, and suggested pursuing other options.

In its last meeting of the year, the Council also approved the establishment of a Downtown Business Improvement District and an exemption to sales-tax collections Jan. 17-23 on clothing and footwear costing up to $500.

It was the final meeting for At-Large Member David E. Klein, who is stepping down after one four-year term, and Second Ward Councilman G. David Post, an appointee who lost in November in his bid to finish the last two years of an unexpired term.

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