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Genesee County Legislature OKs sheriff’s deputy for Byron-Bergen resource post

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday approved an additional deputy sheriff’s position for a school resource officer at Byron-Bergen Central School.

The Sheriff’s Office will take a deputy off the road and assign the person to Byron-Bergen for 10 months, effective Sept. 1. The estimated cost to the school district is $84,850.

“It’s a brand-new position that was included in the school’s budget for 2015-16,” Sheriff Gary T. Maha said. “We believe that a resource officer is more than an armed guard. The officer interacts with students, helps kids in their learning and becomes a confidant.”

Maha said he and the school will work to select a deputy for the post.

Lawmakers also agreed to extend the contract between the Sheriff’s Office and Genesee Valley Educational Partnership by two months – July 1 through Aug. 31. This is being done to meet the school’s request to employ Deputy Jodie K. Hebdon on a 12-month basis as a school resource officer. The Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services offers summer school classes at its building on State Street.

The contract with Byron-Bergen, along with the expanded schedule at BOCES, resulted in a $43,000 increase in Sheriff’s Office appropriations through the end of the year but will be offset by revenues of the same amount, Maha said.

In another development, the Legislature appointed Matthew Gray, owner of Alex’s Place restaurant on Park Road, to the Genesee County Economic Development Center board of directors, effective July 1 and running through June 30, 2021. Gray, a longtime Batavian, was at the meeting.

“The future of Genesee County is as bright as it has ever been and I am honored to contribute,” he said.

In other business, the Legislature:

• Appointed Paul T. Mulford of Le Roy as the Genesee County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service officer and reappointed Berney V. Staats, of Stafford, to the Genesee County Planning Board.

• Approved a one-year contract for road salt with American Rock Salt Co., of Mount Morris, starting Oct. 1, at a price of $48.62 per ton, and a one-year pact for software upgrades and support in the Finance and Human Resources departments with New World Systems of Troy, Mich., starting June 1, at a cost of $54,500.

• Entered into a consultant agreement with Clark Patterson Lee, of Rochester, to develop a comprehensive local bridge and culvert program. The $195,000 contract is funded from the comprehensive bridge culvert inspection capital project, which has a total budget of $375,000.

• Scheduled a public hearing for July 8 on a request to add a parcel of land to Agricultural District 2 in the Town of Pembroke, and voted to eliminate Agricultural District 6 in the Town of Pavilion as that area has been absorbed by Agricultural District 3.

• Presented Emily Mikel, of Stafford, the 2015 Genesee County Dairy Princess, and Amelia Brewer, of Elba, the Dairy Maid, with a proclamation recognizing June as Dairy Month. The girls thanked the legislators and those in attendance by giving them ice cream snacks.