Rising Star Program ready to begin in Dunkirk

Dunkirk First Ward Councilman Mike Michalski is pleased to announce the continuation of the Rising Star Program available to city of Dunkirk property owners.

Entering its fourth year, the program was created to promote and recognize city property owners who make significant exterior improvements to existing residential homes. Those improvements ultimately help to “elevate” the image of city neighborhoods.

“The Rising Star Program has been successful in promoting the city and its residents in a positive light for the past three years. When residents take the time, money and effort to improve their homes and the image of city neighborhoods, a little recognition and reward can make all their work seem that much more worthwhile,” Michalski stated. “Over the past three years, the program has been able to reward city property owners a total of $1,800 from local hardware stores.”

The program will run from May through October. Each of the six monthly winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to a local hardware store and a Rising Star award. This year’s sponsors are Add Lumber, Service Hardware, The Home Depot and Grossman’s Bargain Outlet.

Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to; exterior painting, siding, roofing, porches, decks, patios, landscaping, windows and doors. Improvements may be made by either contractors or the do-it-yourselfer. Existing residential homes can be either owner-occupied or income properties. Improvements should be those completed during the current calendar year, with exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis only.

To be considered for the program, properties may be nominated by any resident, including the owner, or through the city building inspector’s office.

Once nominated, a property will remain eligible until the program’s year end on Oct. 31.

Monthly winners will be determined by committee. Improvements which have the greatest effect on a home and/or neighborhood will carry the most weight when determining a winner.

Nomination forms and program guidelines can be obtained from Add Lumber, Grossman’s Bargain Outlet, Service Hardware, The Home Depot and the city clerk’s office.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Councilman Michalski at 951-0015 or mmichalski@cityofdunkirk.com.