Seawall repair on Council agenda

Residents in Dunkirk’s First Ward may finally get a long-standing problem addressed.

The deteriorating condition of the Lake Front Boulevard seawall may be corrected if Common Council approves the initiation of comprehensive engineering design services by the firm of Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc. The decision may come when council meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

According to Resolution 25-2013, the overall condition of the road and the seawall from the area of Wright Park to Main Street has deteriorated and poses a threat to the integrity of the roadway, pedestrian walkway and the retaining wall. Mayor Anthony J. Dolce would be authorized and directed to execute all necessary documents with the firm so it can begin comprehensive engineering services for the reconstruction/repair of the road and seawall and to seek grant funding opportunities.

The resolution sets a $200,000 limit for the engineering work. Seventy-five percent of the funding would come from the city’s general fund with the remaining 25 percent from the wastewater fund.

Resolution 26-2013 would authorize the state Department of Environmental Conservation to undertake the investigation and remediation of environmental issues on property the city owns at 8 Lake Shore Drive E. – the site of the Chadwick Bay Marina.

Resolution 24-2013 deals with the use of the waterfront at the east end of Memorial Park for an agricultural marketing program run by the Community Chamber Development Corporation. The farmers market site would be granted for a period of three years with a three-year option.

The city’s building inspector will be directed to inspect two properties and report back to council under resolutions 27 and 28-2013. Fire-damaged houses at 79 W. Doughty St. and 128 Lincoln Ave. are the subject of council’s concern.

Resolution 29-2013 establishes a standard work day form for the city’s elected and appointed officials who are in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System. Covered under the resolution are the mayor; council members William J. Rivera, Michael Michalski and Stacy Szukala; assessor Thomas Mleczko; treasurer Mark Woods; attorney Ron Szot; city clerk Lacy Lawrence and Tony Gugino, the director of the public works department.

Communications on the agenda include one from Mayor Anthony J. Dolce advising council he has appointed city resident Wilfred Rosas to fill a vacancy on the Board of Assessment Review for a term to run from May 2 to Sept. 20, 2017.

The chairman of the Amara-Can Walleye Classic fishing tournament scheduled for July 12-14 at the Chadwick Bay Marina has written requesting the city’s help with the tournament. Robert W. Zoeller’s list of requests includes picnic tables, trash and recyclable totes, daily trash pickup, waiver of boat launch fees for contestants and extended hours for the fish cleaning station.

“For the past 19 years the city of Dunkirk has been the most accommodating host for our tournament. … We expect that approximately 100 teams (400 fishermen) will be attending the tournament,” Zoeller stated.

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation’s Festivals Committee wrote council to request the city’s assistance with its annual Summer on the Lake events, including the use of Point Gratiot on May 26; the city pier on Thursdays from June 6 through Aug. 29 and also June 7 and 8; Memorial Park on July 4 and Wright Park beach on Aug. 3. Dolce signed the letter along with loudspeaker applications for the events council will consider.

Loudspeaker applications were also filed by the Dunkirk Police benevolent Association for June 26 at Point Gratiot and the Dunkirk Elks Lodge 922 for its annual Flag Day ceremony at the Dunkirk Light House on June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m

Harriet Tower wrote to suggest the city take down a tree on the Fifth Street side of her Swan Street residence that already damaged her house – damage she paid to fix.

“I will consider it the responsibility and liability of the city if there is further damage,” she wrote.

A notice of claim for damages to a tire allegedly caused by the remains of a city street sign was filed by city resident Kim Bennice. Bennice stated she ran over a “metal jagged sign base not removed from a previous city street sign.” The incident happened at North Woodrow Avenue.

The city was also notified that a notice of claim was being filed for service on the Police Department on behalf of Miguel A. Corraliza-Sanchez by the law firm of LoTempio & Brown, P.C. Corraliza-Sanchez was arrested in March by the DPD and charged under a federal warrant from California.

The final communication is from city resident Valerie Pawlak requesting council find a grant to better publicize recycling efforts. Pawlak also is requesting better programming on Local Access Channel 12.

Send comments to