WARSAW — A $75,000 down payment has been approved for the county’s purchase of the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center of Excellence.

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors approved the down payment at its Aug. 10 meeting. The board had announced plans this past January to buy the building as a way to save significant county money.

The Agriculture and Business Center of Excellence is located at 36 Center St. It opened in February 2016 after an extensive modernization and conversion from a long-defunct factory.

The building was designed to provide a “one-stop shop” for 12 county departments and related agencies.

Those using the location include Planning & Development; the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency; the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County; the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism; and the Business Education Council.

The centralized location is more convenient for the agencies and the public. It has also saved maintenance costs, since Wyoming County no longer needed to maintain several different buildings scattered throughout the surrounding area.

The county has been leasing the 32,000 square foot building from businessman James Rutowski with the intention of buying in five or 10 years. But board members said in January that purchasing the facility now would save the county about $56,000 to $100,000 annually, based on conservative estimates.

Total purchase cost as of January was estimated at a maximum of $3.98 million but likely less.

In other action:

n Supervisors accepted a minimum of $1.1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to help cover the costs of its COVID-19 pandemic response.

The expenses stretch back to March 13, 2020.

n Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan of the Board of Supervisors was authorized to sign a contract with Attica Central School on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office will provide law enforcement and police services when school is in session.

Cost is not to exceed $51.31 per hour from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31. It would then change to an amount not to exceed $53.88 from Jan 1. to June 30.

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