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Bid process will play out for Seneca Army Depot after tempers flare Tuesday night

The bid process will continue.That was the resounding message from Seneca County’s elected officials at Tuesday night’s Board of Supervisor’s regularly scheduled meeting. After more than a dozen speakers passionately described the reasons why Seneca County should take over ownership of the Seneca Army Depot, an amendment to the resolution, which was originally proposed by Supervisor Stephen Churchill in January, derailed the move he and others were trying to make. The Board of Supervisors voted 9-4 on the modified resolution, which was proposed during the eleventh hour as the board prepared to vote on Churchill’s resolution.Sparks flew, though, as Churchill was caught completely off-guard by the modified resolution. As the modified resolution made it’s way to the floor, the Board of Supervisors hotly debated the contents of the updated resolution. At the center of the debate over the future of the Depot is the herd of white deer that live there and the impact on the herd’s future, and the potential eco-tourism revenue they could generate, if their habitat falls out of public control.The updated resolution points out that the Seneca County Board of Supervisors will have a voice in selecting the bid, or not selecting a bid, which will be overseen by the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. The updated resolution also points out that the white deer will receive major consideration, when selecting a viable plan to act on for the former Army Depot.Seneca County Supervisor Robert Shipley asked Thomas Macinski, the Chairperson of the Seneca County IDA if they would openly involve the Board of Supervisor’s in the selection process, to which Macinski responded, “We are willing to work with the board members in Seneca County on this.” The next step now will be for the bid process to play out, and for many of the spectators in attendance Tuesday, they remain skeptical. Supervisor Greg Lazzaro echoed concerns that those in attendance held, pointing out that voting against Churchill’s resolution appeared to be in stark contrast with the emails, phone calls, and messages he had received on this subject.Are you a resident of Seneca County?Weigh in on the issue in the comments section below…

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