Town renews police contract with city

The police contract between the town of Dunkirk and the city was renewed through the end of 2014 during a recent town board meeting.

According to Town Supervisor Richard Purol, the cost of police protection will be slightly increasing. For the remainder of 2013, the cost will be $1,600 per month, an increase of $100 from the previous contract. For 2014, the cost will be $1,700 per month, an increase of $200.

Purol also said he would like to explore a way to grant Dunkirk police the ability to give out parking tickets in the town. Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said a recommendation from the fire chief regarding parking in the fire lanes at Tops Plaza would suffice to get the process moving. That process would culminate in a local ordinance.

The contract had already been ap-proved by the Dunkirk Common Coun-cil in its July 15 meeting. Dates of police coverage in the contract extension are from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014.

Also during the meeting, the board discussed possible options to address a dangerous intersection at Route 60 and Williams Street, including installing a traffic light or a turning lane there.

“We’ve had some real bad accidents over there,” Purol said. “Winter time, it’s a nightmare. And the state just isn’t maintaining it like they were doing before. We’ve had a lot of complaints and we have a lot of people asking about it.”

Since Route 60 is a state-controlled road, the town cannot budget any money to fund a project without permission and assistance from the New York State Department of Transporta-tion. Purol said he would write a letter to the DOT regarding the issue.

The board also accepted a letter of resignation from Michael Miller, who sat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. In a letter to the board, Miller cited employment restraints as his reason for stepping down. At a previous meeting, the board approved Tom Tarnowski to fill the unexpired term, which is up in 2015, pending Miller’s letter of resignation. Miller will stand by as the alternate.

Chris Penfold was also appointed by the board to a vacant seat on the Planning Board. The seat was vacated by Doug Fenton. Penfold’s term is set to expire in July of 2015.

As a side note, during a recent special meeting, the town board voted to support Chautauqua County as the lead applicant to submit a grant application for establishing a northern regional water district.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the town hall.

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