Water issues highlight council agenda

The future of the city of Dunkirk’s participation in a proposed north county water district has yet to be determined, but two resolutions Common Council will consider today may shed some light on the issue.

Council has yet to authorize the city’s 2013 per capita annual share of $6,281.50 to the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation. Resolution 42-2013, providing council’s blessing of the payment, was on the agenda for both July meetings. Sponsored by councilmen Michael Michalski and William J. Rivera, 42-2013 was tabled July 2 on a motion by Rivera which council unanimously supported. On July 16, Rivera’s motion to remove the resolution from the table for a vote failed to get a second and Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak advised council the resolution remained tabled.

At that July 16 meeting, a resolution providing the city’s support in naming Chautauqua County as the lead applicant in seeking some $38 million under the state’s Consolidated Funding Application grant system was tabled on a motion by Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala. Rivera, one of three sponsors of the resolution, seconded the motion and it passed unanimously, including votes from the other two sponsors of 50-2013, Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez and Michalski.

Council held an informational meeting on the grant application July 30 to find out more information on the application and what the resolution committed the city to do. The deadline for submission of the grant application is Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

An application under the CFA grant process for the Lake Front Boulevard seawall reconstruction would be approved with the passage of 53-2013. Sponsored by the entire council, the resolution would give council’s approval for the city to apply for the funding.

Two fire-damaged buildings will be either repaired or removed if council gives approval. Earlier council resolutions directed Building Inspector Alan Zurawski to begin the process of dealing with owners and inspecting the buildings.

Resolution 51-2013 deals with 128 Lincoln Ave., while 52-2013 covers property at 79 W. Doughty St.

Council has seven communications, one notice of claim and two loudspeaker applications to consider.

A request from Pillar of Fire to hold a Christian hip-hop and rhythm and blues event in Washington Park on Aug. 17 has apparently been dropped.

After a similar request was tabled on both July 2 and 16 for further information, the event coordinator, Hannah Wentz, notified the city on July 18 the event was canceled due to the city not confirming the venue, leading to an inability to book bands.

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation’s Festivals Committee has filed a request and a loudspeaker permit application for its Summer on the Lake events at Washington Park on Sept. 7. Mayor Anthony J. Dolce is chair of the committee, and signed the letter which also requests the city’s approval to sell and consume alcohol during the first Heritage Festival.

The use of Point Gratiot is being sought for two distinct events.

The Cassadaga Job Corps is seeking permission to conduct horse and carriage rides at the Point on Aug. 29 from 7 to 9:45 p.m. as part of its senior prom festivities.

The director of the Institute for Research in Science Teaching at SUNY Fredonia, Michael Jabot, is requesting the use of facilities at Point Gratiot on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of a Great Lakes Science Day.

The Chautauqua Center is requesting the use of three city-owned parking spaces near the Graf Building on Aug. 15 from 5 to 7 pm. Located in the county’s North County Office Building, the center is seeking to hold a meet the staff event.

City Clerk Lacy Lawrence wrote to notify council she has appointed Grace Tarnowski as Deputy City Clerk and Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics effective July 30.

City residents Sue and Jim McDonald wrote to notify the city of dangerous trees in front of their 55 N. Martin St. residence.

Deer Street resident Angel Collazo has filled a claim for $350 in damages to a NBA basketball hoop which he claims was damaged when a city employee got off a street cleaning machine, grabbed the hoop and slammed it on concrete.

A loudspeaker permit application and notice of support from some neighbors was filed by Seel Street resident Richard Cain for an Aug. 3 wedding.

Council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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