BATAVAIA – The clink of coins soon will be heard in the Genesee County Nursing Home cafeteria, saving bundles of folding money for the county’s deficit-plagued operation.
The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday approved a one-year contract with Servomation Refreshments Inc. of Canastota to operate vending machines to dispense food and drink to employees, patients and visitors. The automation will cut food and labor costs in a cafeteria that’s popular for good food and low prices.
The county will benefit by reducing, to some extent, the millions of dollars spent in recent years to offset operating losses. Reimbursement for patients, most on Medicaid, is far below the cost of care. Aside from cutting expenses, the nursing home will receive commissions on the vending machine sales.
The contract is effective March 1 with options to continue for four years.
In other action, the legislators:
• Agreed to accept as a county highway an access road into Gateway II Industrial Park on Route 19 in the Town of Batavia. My–T Acres, owned by the Call family, sold 300 acres to the Genesee County Economic Development Center, operator of the business park. FDC built the road off Saile Drive to county specifications. The only occupant is an Ashley Furniture warehouse.
• Accepted two state grants for the Sheriff’s Office. One, for $25,250, is for a rural traffic enforcement initiative. The other, worth $3,654, will be used for a child passenger safety program.