BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature has approved a substantially lower state grant to fund AmeriCorps next year with concerns about the future of the youth program.
The amount – $101,000 – is half the grant the county received for this year and less than one-third of its 2011 fund. The city/county Youth Bureau will fund next year 26 volunteers who will work for government and nonprofit agencies. Participants receive a stipend, which many use for college costs.
AmeriCorps has been in financial trouble before and its future is uncertain since federal funds channeled through the state are not committed beyond next year, according to county manager Jay A. Gsell, who noted that in the past, the program has had nearly 50 participants.
On Wednesday, legislators also:
• Accepted two state Department of Health grants in the amounts of $37,508 for lead poisoning prevention programs, and $30,039 for immunization programs.
• Appointed Timothy Michalak probation director at a salary of $56,742. He has served as supervisor in the department and succeeds Julie Smith who resigned in June to become a commissioner in the state Board of Parole.