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Legislature OKs $1 million transfer in state funds for new yogurt plant

The Genesee Valley Ag-Business Park, on the eve of welcoming its first food processing business, got a $1 million boost Wednesday when the Genesee County Legislature approved a transfer of promised state funds.

The Department of Transportation belatedly sent money, which was approved by the state several years ago. However, the grant could go only to a municipal government, so the county will transfer the entire amount to the Genesee Economic Development Center, which is developing the 20-acre park on the city's eastern border with the Town of Batavia .

Alpina Foods, a yogurt manufacturer, has contracted for a $15 million plant scheduled to open in May 2012. The $1 million will be used to construct a roadway and storm sewer. Legislators also granted an easement for an Ag-Park access road near the county's Highway Department.

The legislators, meeting in one of their Outreach Programs in Stafford Town Hall, approved two local laws after receiving home rule approval from the State Legislature.

One extends for two years, beginning Nov. 1, an added one percent county sales and use tax; the other continues a 0.25 percent tax on mortgage recordings. The pair will net the county about $4.3 million a year.

In other business, legislators approved two subleases for the county Job Development Bureau's One-Stop Career Center in the Eastown Plaza. The GLOW Workforce Development Board and the state Labor Department have space in the building, which the county leases from the owner.

The five-year lease with GLOW is for $12,500 per year, and the Labor Department will pay $23,500 for cleaning and utilities.