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Revised police staffing for Darien Lake approved

The Genesee County Legislature has approved a revised police staffing service agreement between the Sheriff's Office and Darien Lake Theme Park.

The pact for the coming season at the amusement park and its Performing Arts Center, which will have 17 concerts this year drawing up to 20,000 people at some, will cover the county's $160,000 expense for deputies.

The added law enforcement service will cost the theme park and concert promoter Live Nation about $61 per officer -- usually 10 to 15 are needed -- for overtime and payroll deductions. The officers will now be working as county employees, and the county will be reimbursed. The previous agreement had the officers paid by the park.

Deputies also provide traffic control but are paid by the county for that, not the theme park.

During an outreach session last week in Pembroke Town Hall -- an effort that takes Legislature meetings to various towns -- legislators also:

* Renewed a shared service agreement in which highway machinery and equipment that is not in use can be shared with the towns, which would otherwise buy the equipment.

* Reappointed Berney Staats of Stafford, Theodore P. Hawley of Batavia and Scott Waite of Pembroke to three-year terms on the county Planning Board.

* Authorized $95,000 for highway markings to be done by Seneca Pavement Markings of Horseheads and Accent Stripe of Orchard Park. The contract includes an additional $15,000 for markings at the county airport.

* Established a $1.44 million capital projects list for highway surface treatment and bridge construction. Federal aid accounts for $40,000; the balance is from the state's Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program known as CHIPS.