WATERLOO — The Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider a motion supporting the plan to retain and enhance police and fire training facilities at the former Seneca Army Depot.
The plan was presented to the board in August by Earl Martin, the prospective new owner of 7,000 acres of depot property that includes the training facilities, and Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Robert Aronson.
The plan includes:
• County ownership of a contiguous plot of land that includes the existing “burning tower” and the law enforcement and fire training building.
• Construction of a comparable fire training and cold storage building to replace a building abandoned in this transaction.
• Access to the decommissioned firing range.
• Access to the aircraft ramp and runway until it is no longer operationally feasible.
• Access to an existing “farm house” until it is no longer usable.
• County acceptance of naming and maintaining the access road to the site.
Martin’s offer of $900,000 for the former depot property, now owned by the IDA, was accepted. A closing is expected before the end of the year.
Martin plans to move his Seneca Iron Works business to the parcel, as well as set aside space to preserve the white deer, wildlife and habitat and establish small Mennonite-owned farms.
The board will also consider a $200,000 Growing the Agriculture Industry Now or GAIN loan to Muranda Cheese in Fayette.
The state has awarded the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council a $3 million grant under the GAIN program. Seneca County’s share of that is $218,000.
The loan terms proposed are 1 percent interest for seven years. The business is owned by Thomas Murray, who plans to expand the cheese-making business on Route 96.
In other agenda items, the board will:
• SPEAKERS: Hear an update on construction of the del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre from General Manager Jeff Babinski and construction site manager James McKenna.
There also will be an employee recognition presentation.
Allison Stokes will talk about county and town of Seneca Falls issues.
• MASTER PLAN: Consider approval of a contract with Passero Associates of Rochester for a facilities master plan at a cost not to exceed $77,200.
The county’s recent purchase of the vacant BonaDent building adjacent to the County Office Building and the decision to sell the health building on Thurber Drive prompted the study.
• ROUTE 318 SEWERS: Consider a contract with Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Liverpool for design, permitting, bidding services, construction administration and observation of the installation of sanitary sewers on Route 318 from Tyre to Junius. The cost would be no more than $1.2 million.
• ROOM TAX: Introduce a local law to continue the county’s 3 percent motel-hotel room occupancy tax for an additional three years.
A public hearing on the local law would be set for 6 p.m. Oct. 11.
• K-9: Consider the purchase of a new trained dog for the sheriff’s department to replace Izak, who died after eight years of service. The cost is $13,250.
• SURPLUS TRUCK: Consider selling a surplus Ford F-350 truck no longer needed by the Emergency Management Department to the Romulus Fire Protection District for $19,000. It was the only fire department in the county to express interest in the truck.