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By Craig Braack

Legislators approve $1.5 million in spending

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American Rescue Plan Act funds will improve Civil Defense Center and build a county parking lot in Bath

Work at two separate sites is expected to begin soon with Steuben County legislators recently approving the use of $1 million of restricted American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and $500,000 in unrestricted ARPA funds for the joint construction projects.

Bids for work at the Civil Defense Center on State Route 54 and the construction of a parking lot on East Steuben Street were awarded to Building Innovation Group, Frey and Campbell and John Mills Electrical.

Work at the Civil Defense Center includes a single- story building addition at the rear of the building to provide additional space, storage and a loading dock. The addition may be used as a potential Call Center, active county storage for personal protective equipment and mechanical space.

The parking lot, located at the site of the former Academy bowling alley is expected to relieve parking lot congestion at the County Office Building located across the street.

County legislators also approved a contract with Patriot Tower Inc. of Scottsville, in the amount of $673,924 for design, environmental, construction and installation of a permanent communications site at the Pinnacle State Park location in Addison.

Funding for this project will come from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant and is expected to improve emergency response communication in that region.

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