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Genesee County Legislature

BATAVIA – After the busiest year ever for the area’s tourist industry, the Genesee County Legislature this week agreed to another year in its long-standing support of the county’s Chamber of Commerce.

It voted to designate the Chamber as the county’s official tourist agency, and appropriated $350,000 for its promotional activities.

Earlier this month Chamber President Thomas R. Turnbull told a Legislature committee that spending by visitors was up 10 percent to $15.4 million. That netted the county $463,000 from a 3 percent “bed tax” on hotel, motel and camping grounds use.

Turnbull said Darien Lake Theme Park remains the county’s top tourist attraction with about one million visitors in its seven-month season. Overall, the tourist industry employes about 3,000 workers and brought $6.5 million in county sales taxes.

The Legislature also voted to accept a $1 million grant from the state Department of Transportation’s A99 initiative. The money will go toward building a new terminal at the county airport. The larger terminal must be completed within five years as stipulated in the grant.

At this week’s meeting, the Legislature’s new chairman, Oakfield attorney Raymond F. Cianfrini, delivered his first State of the County address.

In other business, the legislators:

• Agreed to spend $90,744 for four Interceptor utility vehicles for the sheriff’s department. They will replace five Ford Crown Victorias, a model that is no longer being made.

• Approved a $280,000 contract with Hunting Valley Construction of Cheektowaga for rehabilitation of a Town of Pembroke bridge that spans the Tonawanda Creek. Federal aid pays all but 20 percent of the cost.

• Agreed to purchase three trucks and a forklift for the Highway Department at a cost of $162,000, The lift will be purchased from Prolift of Buffalo; the pickup trucks from an East Rochester Ford dealer.