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Legislature approves upgrades at Bergen firm

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature this week approved financing to pay for infrastructure upgrades needed for an expansion of Liberty Pumps in Bergen.

Half of the payment in lieu of taxes agreement will help the manufacturer of residential and commercial pumps provide electric service for an addition that nearly doubles the size of the firm in the Apple Tree Acres Corporate Park on Route 33. The other half will go to the taxing districts, town, county and school.

Liberty Pumps plans a plant expansion of 100,000 square feet. It already was enlarged six years ago.

The $9.9 million addition will expand manufacturing, research and testing facilities and will include an auditorium.

The Legislature earlier this month approved up to $7.5 million in tax-exempt bonds for the Genesee County Economic Development Center, owner of the park.

The development center already has approved sales, property and mortgage tax exemptions for the project.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, the legislators:

• Accepted as a county road a short access from Route 63 to the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in the Town of Batavia. The park’s two yogurt plants require numerous shipments from milk tankers. The road will be known as Ag Park West.

• Renewed two years of agreements with the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo for court appeals to public defender office cases. The annual cost is $48,100.

• Created a part-time assistant public defender position to take over cases handled by retired public defender Gary A. Horton. The post is temporary.

• Approved a request by the Batavia Rotary Club to hold a fly-in breakfast June 15 at the county airport.

The annual Fathers Day event draws scores of pilots and hundreds of people, benefitting Rotary’s community activities.