City property to be leased to school district

The Dunkirk Common Council will have four pre-filed resolutions and six requests from the public to consider when it meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Two resolutions deal with a lease agreement between the city and the Dunkirk City School District involving property the city owns bordered roughly by Marauder Drive and Lucas Avenue. Under 19-2013 council will acknowledge that the school district has acted as lead agency for a SEQR review undertaken as part of the proposed lease.

Resolution 20-2013 would authorize the lease agreement that would run from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016 for the district’s use of the property. According to 20-2013, the district wishes to enter into an agreement to “memorialize the use of such property for athletic fields for practices and games for various sporting events, … as to improve a portion of the property including an access road to Van Miller Way. The lease would be for $1 per year.

Engineering for 2013 Phase 2 work on the city’s water treatment facility will be done by Hill Engineering of New York from North East, Pa. if Resolution 21-2013 is approved by council. The city is required to complete the work as part of the 2009 consent order the city signed with the Chautauqua County Health Depart-ment.

According to 21-2013, the work includes renovation of seven filters at the water treatment plant and related work; filter and chemical building renovations and upgrades; tele-metering and control system for new Willowbrook Avenue water storage tank; valve and piping replacements; and replacement of sedimentation basic sludge removal systems.

The work will be paid for with funds from a $4.4 million bond council authorized in February. The resolution lists cost limits for the engineering work, including $690,000 for final design engineering for Phase 2, permitting for Phase 2 and permitting for Phase 3 that includes all design components. In addition, construction administration is limited to $103,000 and resident inspection services are not to exceed $163,000.

A change in the date of the annual Board of Assessment Review from the first to the second Tuesday in June will begin under Resolution 18-2013. The change to the City Charter will be the subject of a public hearing to be set by council.

There are six pre-filed requests, one notice of claim and three loudspeaker applications.

On May 3 the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School is requesting the use of Washington Park from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for its annual walk-a-thon. NCCS also filed a loudspeaker application for the event.

On May 21 the school district is requesting the use of Murray Hose Company 4 from noon to 9 p.m. for the school district budget vote and election of board members. The district is also seeking the use of one uniformed police officer from noon until 3 p.m. at both School Four and School Seven during the voting.

Police and fire assistance, plus a donation, is requested by Loretta Slaton Torain for the annual June-teenth Celebration on June 8 and 9 at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds.

The Chautauqua County Senior All-Star Baseball/Softball Committee is requesting the use of Promen-schenkel Stadium on June 13 to host the Exceptional Senior All-Star Soft-ball game. An application and proof of insurance was filed with the request.

The second annual “Park in the Park” classic car cruise sponsored by the Dunkirk Historical Society will be held on June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington Park if council approves. A loudspeaker application for a band in the gazebo was also filed.

The third loudspeaker application was filed on behalf of Hailey’s Honeys for the Arthritis Foundation and would cover a June 30 event from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Dunkirk Exempts Firemen’s Association parking lot on Central Avenue.

The lone notice of claim was filed by State Farm Insurance of Atlanta, Ga. on behalf of Alicia M. Fedrick. The claim alleges Fedrick’s vehicle was hit on the driver’s side by a forklift on Dec. 12 at Fourth Street and Woodrow Avenue.

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