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May 16, 2022 - 11:16am

Agenda items including a renewal of five additional seasonal sheriff’s deputies, a budget amendment for additional law enforcement patrols in the village of Bergen and revising language for a prisoner housing contract with Wyoming County are on tap for this afternoon’s Genesee County Public Services Committee meeting.

The meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. in the Legislative Conference Room of the Old Court House at 7 Main St., Batavia.

Other agenda items include reviews of a bid award for highway/tractor equipment, grant acceptance of a countywide water/intermunicipal grant, a 2022 budget amendment for highway construction and the reappointment of Highway Superintendent Timothy Hens.

June 15, 2010 - 7:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in County Highways, Public Services Committee.

On a hot, humid summer Monday, the Legislature's Public Services Committee spent 15 minutes talking about keeping the snow off of county roads.

It may be June, but now is the time to plan the purchase of salt -- or sodium chloride -- to spread on winter roads.

The committee approved the purchase of rock salt from American Rock Salt out of Hampton Corners for $40.16 a ton, up 40 cents from last year.

American Rock Salt beat out the only other bidder, North American Salt Company, which bid $70.48 per ton.

None of the other four companies that were invited to bid have done so.

County Supervisor Tim Hens said the lack of bids might be due to the fact that the other companies know it will be hard to beat American Rock Salt's bid because ARS is located so close to Genesee County. Or maybe they're anticipating a lot of sales to the northeast and Washington, D.C. after the snow-heavy winter those areas endured last winter.

"We're lucky to be located where we are in terms of salt mines," Hens said.

Because it was a mild winter in Western New York, Hens said the county currently has its salt barn about one-third full, which should cut down on the amount of salt the county must  purchase this year.

The county budgeted $115,000 for rock salt this year.

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