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Tobacco funds to pay for new Genesee County sheriff's office

The Genesee County Legislature Wednesday approved using $1.73 million in the refinancing of tobacco settlement bonds for the construction next year of a new Sheriff's Administration Building.

With these funds, the county has set aside $3.8 million toward the new 17,000-square-foot single story facility to be build on Park Road. The estimated cost is over $5 million.

The move from the Sheriff's Department's century-old downtown location could take place late next year.

In other business, legislators in a lengthy year-end agenda approved an application to the state to redesignate certain areas marked as Empire Zones.

The state has enacted laws where existing Empire Zones must configure existing acreage into six "distinct and contiguous" areas.

The Batavia City Council Monday supported the redesignation, noting that 19 of the county's 39 certified Empire Zones are within the city. The zones offer tax incentives in the hope of creating jobs.

In a related matter, the lawmakers approved a 2006 contract with the Genesee County Economic Development Center. The $280,285 cost is a $5,000 increase, the first in three years.

A Chicago-area firm was awarded contracts for security for both the county's Nursing Home and Department of Social Services. Diamond Detective Agency will be paid $52,000 for a half-year when a present Department of Social Services contract expires, and $84,000 for the Nursing Home.

Among many annual contract renewals were Cornell Cooperative Extension, which will receive $478,320, same as this year, and Holland Purchase Historical Society, operator of the Holland Land Office Museum, the annual $48,600.

A five-year contract with Mercy Flight, which will lease a new hangar at the county's airport, was approved at an annual cost of $4,200.

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