Despite concerns, Geneva City Council approves new deal with HWS

Some residents said it shouldn’t be the call of an outgoing City Council to make a decision that has financial implications for the government 12 years down the road.

But that’s what Council did Wednesday when it approved a 10-year pact with Hobart and William Smith Colleges that will provide the city nearly $2.4 million over 10 years to help pay for the cost of city services. The deal takes effect in 2022 and runs until 2031.

Resident Benjamin Allen told Council that he was “very leery of any 10-year agreement” approved by a Council that “you guys won’t be part of.”

That thought was echoed by former city councilor Jackie Augustine, who said approval of the pact, which was unanimous, was not a good “last act by an outgoing Council.”

Allen also said he felt the city was “being dictated to” when it came to the terms, while Augustine suggested there were no metrics to back up the dollar amount decided upon.

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