Short agenda for Common Council tonight

Permission to fill Dunkirk’s harborfront with music highlights a short agenda Common Council will find when it meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Waterfront businesses Bart’s Cove, Demetri’s and the Clarion Hotel have all filed their seasonal loudspeaker applications.

The businesses are covered under the City Code in Chapter 47, Section C (5) (b) which states; “Permits issued under this chapter for premises located within the H-1 District (as defined in Section 79 Article XII of the Dunkirk City Code, or as hereafter amended) may provide for extended hours of activity to the permit-holder, except that no sound source upon such H-1 District pre-mises will operate between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. of any day.”

The code was amended to include this language under Local Law #2-2005.

In addition, council will consider three applications for single-day events.

Hometown Insurance is seeking permission for a band from 6 to 9 p.m. at its July 4 community celebration for customers and guests. According to the application, neighbors will be invited after the city notifies the company regarding the loudspeaker application.

The Lake Shore Street Rod Association wants a loudspeaker permit from noon until 5 p.m. on July 7 in conjunction with its annual Harbor Cruise. The group also is seeking permission for partial use of Point Gratiot for the cruise, including the large and lower pavilions, part of the main parking lot along with food and refreshment vendors on the park grounds. In addition, the club is asking for the use of city bandstands, extra trash barrels and trash pickup after the event.

“Last year’s event at Point Gratiot drew over 450 classic cars from all over western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada,” wrote club secretary Keith G. Ossman. ” … This event will again showcase beautiful Point Gratiot and the city of Dunkirk to car enthusiasts.”

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 89 is seeking a loudspeaker permit for Aug. 25 at the Point Gratiot large pavilion from 3 to 7 p.m. for its annual members-only summer party.

Communications include a request from SUNY Fredonia/FACE Center for permission to hold a beach cleanup April 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at both Wright Park and Point Gratiot beaches. According to the request from Christina Jarvis, an English professor and community projects coordinator for the FACE Center, the event is part of Earth Week activities.

“There have never been any injuries or problems at any of these events,” Jarvis wrote. “On the contrary, the events have been well re-ceived by Dunkirk residents and have yielded important environmental benefits.”

The First Ward Falcon Club is seeking to change the date of its annual Early Bird Fastpitch Softball Tourna-ment. Council approved a date of May 11 and the club is seeking approval to hold the event on May 18 instead.

Under unfinished business, council will address Local Law #1-2013 entitled, “Annual Board of Assessment Review Meeting. At its last meeting, council tabled the resolution for a public hearing to be held tonight at 5:20 p.m. in City Hall. The resolution would change the date of the review meeting to the second Tuesday in June to avoid conflict with council meetings scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month.

Council will then be asked to approve 18-2013, which would amend the local law dealing with the review meetings at which property owners contest their assessments.

There are no other pre-filed resolutions on the agenda.

Send comments to