Council OK sought for $4.4M in bonding

City of Dunkirk lawmakers will consider a resolution approving the bonding of up to $4.4 million for ongoing water system improvements when they meet today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. The work is part of some $16 million worth required under terms of an October 2009 consent order from the Chautauqua County Board of Health.

Resolution 07-2013 calls on Common Council to approve the funding for “work which shall include, but not be limited to, the reconstruction of the West end system, reconstruction of approximately seven filters, repairs to flocculation tanks, valves and piping, electrical wring and controls upgrades (as necessary), and any associated work as found consistent with the 2013 list of work to be done.”

City Treasurer Mark Woods will oversee the initial issuing of serial bonds which will then be followed by bond anticipation notes once the work is completed.

The sale of 14 surplus city vehicles is covered under Resolution 06-2013. Included in the list are former police vehicles, a fire pumper truck, tree truck, step van, van, two pickups, stake-type dump truck and a dualie stake truck with plow. The resolution states Department of Public Works Director Tony Gugino is authorized to use the eBay internet auction site to solicit bids and for those vehicles not receiving bids, Gugino is authorized to dispose of the remaining vehicles “in the best interest of the city, consistent with obtaining the highest price for such motor vehicles, at the discretion of the Director of Public Works.”

Council will get a report on the disposition of the vehicles, including purchaser, purchase price and method of sale.

The next two resolutions cover a grant application from the state’s Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. Resolution 08-2013 would authorize the grant application while 09-2013 would authorize the payment of up to $800 plus mileage for two trips to Dunkirk and postage to have the application written for the city. Rotella Grant Management of Sanborn, NY would be hired to help the city secure the grant which would consolidate and digitize city records and reports.

The last two pre-filed resolutions deal with the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding. Resolution 10-2013 authorizes the submission of the city’s 2013-2018 Consolidated Plan while 11-2013 authorizes the submission of the 2013 CDBG Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Included in the $459,815 spending plan for 2013 is $90,000 for administration; $109,815 for streets improvement; $100,000 for owner-occupied housing rehab; $75,000 for the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation and economic development; $50,000 for demolition; $25,000 for City Code enforcement and $10,000 for Meals on Wheels.

Warm-weather events highlight the agenda’s pre-filed communications from the public.

Requests for various levels of city help include a road race June 29; a safety event on May 4 and a softball tournament on Aug. 10. In addition, Dunkirk High School is requesting the presence of two police officer for its Feb. 16 Valentine’s Day dance/activity night.

A notice of claim for pending damages due to a mailbox allegedly being struck by a city snow plow on Dec. 30 was filed by Crooked Brook resident Ronald Epolito.

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