WATERLOO — The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency will seek to be lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review Act process for expansion of Seneca Dairy Systems LLC in Romulus.

The Romulus Town Planning Board met last week to consider making a pitch to be lead agency but decided to defer to the IDA. No other potential group responded to the IDA’s lead agency intention notice.

If the IDA board approves lead agency status Thursday, it will receive a technical review or SEQRA materials for the project from Fisher Associates, consultants to the IDA.

The board already has accepted an initial application for financial aid submitted by business owner Earl Martin. That includes an exemption from paying sales tax and the mortgage recording tax. Once the IDA and Martin have negotiated terms of a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes agreement, a public hearing will be scheduled. The hearing also will make available a cost versus benefits analysis of the project.

Martin operates Seneca Iron Works on Hoster Road in Fayette, manufacturing steel fencing and gates for the dairy industry. He has purchased 7,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot from the IDA for $990,000, with plans to maintain a white deer conservation area and to expand his metal business, constructing a galvanizing plant in Romulus. The Fayette plant would continue to operate.

Other items on the agenda Thursday are:

• A business retention and expansion report from consultant Jim Armstrong.

• An update on the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus, owned by the county and operated by the IDA. The report will be given by cemetery manager Bill Yale.

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