BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature wants appointments of directors who serve on the Genesee County Economic Development Center to “continue to be at the pleasure of the Legislature.”
At a meeting Wednesday, the legislators approved a resolution that sets six-year terms of office for the six board members. The plan is to stagger terms so only one expires each year. Since its inception as in industrial development agency, board members have been appointed by the Legislature, but there has been no defined time. The only term ending next year is longtime board member John F. Andrews, who serves as chairman. The term of the newest member, former County Attorney John L. Rizzo, ends in 2018.
The legislation also enables the Legislature to make appointments should a director leave in midterm. A legislator – currently Rochelle M. Stein of Le Roy – acts as liaison and would not be affected by a term.
County funding for the economic development center came under fire in current discussions on the 2013 budget. The county pays $215,000 a year, but some legislators say the profitable agency does not need funds that could be diverted to other county needs.
Since its inception in 1970, board members were appointed by the Legislature and served indefinite terms.
In other business, the Legislature:
• Appointed Felipe Oltamari director of the Planning Department at a salary of $56,742 per year. He will succeed James Duval, who retired.
• Approved the distribution of $313,815 in mortgage tax proceeds among the city, 13 towns, six villages and Attica, which is partly in the county. The city and town will get $110,000 from the 0.25-point levy on mortgage transactions.
• Allocated $348,565 to the Department of Mental Health Services for 2013 social rehabilitation services.
• Approved a Mental Health contract, also for 2013, with Regional Action Phone for rehabilitation services at a cost of $108,891 for its hotline response.
• Transferred $140,000 to the Sheriff’s Office for unexpected costs of housing female inmates. The census has jumped to about three times what it was. Genesee has no lockup provisions for women who are housed in jails in neighboring counties.