Board to get its stipends back

It may be another short session when Dunkirk’s Common Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall with two pre-filed resolutions on the agenda. Resolution 22-2013 will help bring some money into city coffers while 23-2013 will allow a spending of money that was eliminated when the 2013 budget was adopted.

According to 23-2013, council would restore the monthly meeting stipend payments to members of the Dunkirk Housing Authority’s Board of Directors. When council approved the 2013 budget it eliminated the payments, a savings of $2,760. The resolution, sponsored by councilmen Michael Michalski, William J. Rivera and Adelino Gonzalez, would move the money from the Fund I contingency account to a contracted services line.

According to 23-2013, the chairman of the board and the treasurer each would receive $40 per meeting with the other members at $30 per meeting.

In November, Mayor Anthony J. Dolce said research could find no documentation that required the city to make the payments but if it documentation was found the stipends would be reinstated. On Monday, Dolce said he would not veto the resolution although neither documentation nor an original resolution has yet to be found.

“I feel council had a lot of dialogue on this and however the majority go on it is the decision I will support,” he explained. “It actually started back last fall when the majority first decided to take it out of the 2013 budget. Then shortly after the new year, a couple wanted to reinstate it. I said let us conduct some research to see if the resolution can be found’

“In the meantime there was some back and forth between council and some housing authority board members as to the validity of it and finally it was decided during the course of our research that three of them just wanted it put back. That’s what the resolution reflects.

“Three of them just said regardless of whether you find the resolution or not we just want to proceed.”

Members of the board are all city residents, with two members residents of DHA apartments.

James Sheedy is the chairman, Danny McGill is vice chairman and Carol Bekeleski is the treasurer. Dorothy Godina, Carlos Llera, Edward Long and Rosa Vega are the other DHA board members.

A lease agreement between the city and Erika Finamore for rental of a spot at the Boardwalk Market is the subject of 22-2013. Finamore does business as Yummy’s Lakeside, 7257 Autumn Lane, Fairport, Pa., according to 22-2013, and would renew the lease at 16 Central Ave., the current site of Yummy’s.

Finamore would pay an annual rent of $3,900 for the right to sell ice cream and frozen confections. The agreement would run from May 1 to April 30, 2014.

Memorial Day events have three entries on the agenda, starting with a request from the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council to hold the annual services and parade honoring veterans. This would be the 47th year the DJVC has hosted the events, which begin with a 10 a.m. service in Memorial Park. The service is followed by a parade which will proceed from the park to Central Avenue, up Central Avenue to Fifth Street and then to Washington Park.

City help is requested with reviewing stands and chairs, along with participation by the mayor, council members and city officials at the park and reviewing stand in front of City Hall for the May 27 event.

The Frank Acquavia Memorial Post 1344 American Legion has filed a request to hold its annual Memorial Day activities after the DJVC services and parade. The post is seeking the use of picnic tables, trash barrels and snow fence for the noon event.

In his letter, post treasurer James A. Muscato said “payment for the picnic tables will follow as in the past.” A loudspeaker application to cover outside music from 3 to 7 p.m. was also filed for the Memorial Day event.

Rookies Sports Bar on the Lake has filed for its seasonal loudspeaker permit. The establishment filed for the period from May 1 to Oct. 31.

The presence of two police officers at the Moose Club during the Junior-Senior Prom on April 27 from 7:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. was requested by Dunkirk High Principal Stephen O’Brien.

The beach at Point Gratiot will be the site of a wedding on June 29 if council agrees to the request of Carmen Lara for her wedding service to be held there.

Council will also be officially notified that Dolce has appointed city resident Tom Murphy to the Greater Dunkirk Area Harbor Commission. Murphy, who will serve from April 16 to June 6, 2014, will fill the unexpired term of Shaun Heenan, who has resigned from the commission.

Council’s day is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with a meeting of its Public Works Committee. At 4:30 p.m. the Personnel Committee is set to meet.

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