WATERLOO — The Public Works Committee of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors has approved the hiring of a Rochester firm to do a facilities master plan.

Meeting Tuesday, the committee voted to recommend that the full board approve the hiring of Passaro Associates of Rochester for up to $77,200.

The plan will address current county office space needs in light of the decision to abandon and sell the public and mental health building on Thurber Drive because of the need for extensive repairs.

The plan is also prompted by the county’s decision to purchase the former BonaDent Inc. building immediately east of the County Office Building for county purposes.

Passero’s was the lowest of five bids received by the county. The other proposals ranged from $87,000 to $200,855.

The committee also approved amending the contract with Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Syracuse for services related to the county-sponsored Route 318 sewer system expansion and improvement project in Tyre and Junius. That motion will now go to the full board for a final vote.

The committee also voted to authorize the county manager to sign a memorandum of understanding with the town of Junius calling for the new county sewer project to include Waterloo Premium Outlets, taking it over from the town sewer district.

In other committee action:

• PERSONNEL: Voted to abolish a full-time account clerk position in the treasurer’s office and create an accountant position in the new Finance Department.

• FINANCE: Voted to transfer $75,000 from various funds to be able to pay new Finance Director Brandi Deeds her pro-rated salary and benefits for the rest of the year.

• GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS: Voted to schedule the board’s annual meeting at the Papa Bear courtroom in Ovid at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

• PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AGRICULTURE & TOURISM: Voted to recommend the appointment of Michael Enslow of Waterloo to the county Planning Board. Voted to recommend the appointment of David Haimes, Hunter Mollin and Robert Pfeiff to the Finger Lakes Regional Airport Advisory Committee.

Voted to introduce a local law renewing the county’s 3 percent hotel-motel room occupancy tax for another three years. Money received from the tax goes to tourism promotion efforts. A public hearing on the local law will be Oct. 11.

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