Common Council to set assessor’s pay

When the Dunkirk Common Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall it appears at least one filed request will be denied.

In a letter dated May 15, City Assessor Tom Mleczko requested council make a permanent part of the position’s salary the $4,000 stipend the assessor’s position was “awarded” when voters abolished the two part-time assessors positions in November 2011. Mleczko cites additional duties and hours required taking up the duties of the part-timers.

According to Mleczko’s letter, the added duties involve inspection of all work associated with city-issued building permits, a duty which requires an additional eight to 10 hours per week. Holding two four-hour sessions outside of normal business hours for public inspection of the city’s tax roll was also noted as a duty the assessor now handles.

Resolution 37-2013 would set the assessor’s salary at $36,720 per year beginning in 2014, thus cutting the $4,000 stipend. According to the resolution, the City Charter in Section 4.02 requires the compensation of each elected officer be fixed by resolution at a meeting held in June prior to the election for such elected officer.

In December 2011, council approved the stipend by a 4-1 vote with Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, then councilman-at-large, providing the lone no vote. Current council members Michael Michalski and Stacy Szukala were in favor of the stipend but apparently are now unwilling to permanently add it to the assessor’s pay.

The two, along with councilmen Adelino Gonzalez and William J. Rivera, were listed as sponsors of 37-2013.

Contractors working on Phase II of the city’s bike trail will have some more time to complete their work if Resolution 38-2013 passes. The work was supposed to be done by June 14 but ERW Enterprises will be given until June 30 to complete the work at no additional cost to the city. Weather-related issues and delays in utility pole relocations were cited as reasons for the extension.

Resolution 39-2013 would authorize the mayor to execute a two-year least-to-purchase agreement with Delacy Ford Inc. of Elma and/or First Niagara Leasing for the purchase of a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor for $27,190.90, which includes financing charges. According to 39-2013, the police department budget has sufficient funds available to cover the purchase.

A prior notice of a potential damage-causing condition has been filed by James Muscato, who is notifying the city that his car may incur damage due to work being done on a water project. The work involves temporary pipelines above ground and temporary fill being used in Muscato’s driveway.

Other communications include one from Dolce informing council he has appointed Bob Torrance of Green Street to the Cable TV and Communications Advisory Board effective June 18 until July 2, 2014. Torrance will fill the unexpired term of Christa Haynes, who recently resigned from the board.

School 7 Principal Michelle Heenan wrote to request the road between Serval and Warsaw streets by the Little League fields be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the school’s annual end-of-year picnic.

The Sons of Liberty motorcycle riding club is requesting the use of Point Gratiot on July 27 as part of a fundraising event for National Puddle Day. A tent, kids games, bounce houses, barbecue and live music would be part of the event to raise funds for community resources to provide grief support when children have their lives cut short. A loudspeaker permit was also filed for the event.

A request for the use of 20 picnic tables for a July 27 fundraiser at VFW Post 1017 on Deer Street, along with permission to park on the property between Tim Hortons and the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center was submitted by Crystal Christopher. The benefit is being put on by the friends and family of Nicholas Christopher to help defray costs associated with his upcoming medical treatments. A loudspeaker permit application was also filed for the event.

A loudspeaker permit for July 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. was filed by Henry Hooten of 212 Webster St. for the use of a PA system for his and a son’s birthday celebration.

Send comments to