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Genesee Legislature approves improvements for county airport

OAKFIELD – The growing use of the Genesee County Airport both for business and recreation has prompted further improvements, which were approved last week by the County Legislature.

Meeting in one of their outreach sessions at Oakfield Town Hall, the legislators approved two contracts to increase the size of the tie-down area for storing planes between flights.

Keeler Construction Co. of Albion will get $932,181 for relocating the site, and C&S Engineers of Syracuse will be paid $136,500 on a consulting agreement.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to fund 90 percent of the costs. The balance is shared by the state and the county.

The tie-down space will be doubled and relocated away from the site of a proposed new terminal. Highway Superintendent Timothy J. Hens said the county plans to complete the project this year. A new terminal could come next year.

The airport, with a long runway to handle corporate jets, is now home to about 75 aircraft, including State Police and MercyFlight helicopters.

Through rents and fuel sales, the facility has been profitable for the past several years.

In other business, the legislators approved:

• A one-year contract with Genesee ARC to transport preschool children with disabilities at a cost of $250,000. The service is mandated by the state.

• The use of a state grant of $50,000 to hire a temporary, full-time community service victim assistant to help in domestic violence cases.

• Paul J. Battaglia, a Batavia certified public accountant, for a vacant seat on the Genesee County Economic Development Center board.