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Employee union contract approved

The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday approved a three-year contract with the largest of the county's six employee unions.

In the retroactive contract, nurses at the county's nursing home -- 180 on the staff of 215 -- will receive no raise for 2010, 1.5 percent in 2011 and 1 percent in 2012. The nurses are represented by the CSEA Nursing Home Unit, which earlier ratified the agreement. Funds for the new contract are included in the 2011 budget.

The nursing home has sustained operating losses for several years. The county declined to sell the facility "at the present time" but is working on a study group's recommendations to improve operations and stem losses.

In other business, the legislators:

*Approved a $370,000, one-year contract with Wendel Energy Services of Buffalo for facility upgrades to improve energy efficiency and routine maintenance cost at six county facilities. The cost is reimbursed under a state grant.

*Voted to extend for two years a contract with GLOW Region Solid Waste Management for an intermunicipal agreement among Genesee, Livingston Orleans and Wyoming counties. The cost to Genesee is $25,805, down sightly from previous years.

*Reappointed Elba Town Supervisor Lucine Kauffman to a three-year term on the county Planning Board.

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