Appointment of new city clerk on council agenda


OBSERVER City Editor

The Dunkirk Common Council will meet today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall with seven pre-filed resolutions on the agenda.

Mayor Anthony J. Dolce is seeking council’s approval to appoint a new city clerk. City resident Nicole Joiner is Dolce’s pick to succeed current clerk Lacy Lawrence. Lawrence, who Dolce appointed as city clerk Jan. 1, 2012, is slated to transfer to the Development Department and assume duties as deputy director of planning and development.

According to Resolution 61-2013, Joiner’s appointment would take effect Wednesday and she would be paid $16 per hour for a work week not to exceed 32 hours.

City resident Nicole Waite would be hired as an independent contractor to “provide assistance in order for the city to administer and to maintain certain requirements for the city’s participation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program,” under 62-2013.

According to the resolution, Waite would be paid $32,000 for the period from Sept. 4 to Aug. 30, 2014 for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Funding to pay Waite would come from the Development Department’s contracted services account with reimbursement drawn from CDBG administrative funding, contingent upon such funds being made available.

Engineering services for the city’s 2013 hot-in-place paving project would be provided by Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc. if 59-2013 is approved. Since the retirement of Dave Manzella from the Department of Public Works, the city has been seeking a way to manage the paving program which would use two years worth of state CHIPS funding. The firm would be paid up to $9,250 to provide the bid specification and construction management services needed in order to “insure the cost-effective utilization of such funds.”

The city would renew its agreement with the State of New York Unified Court System to provide security services in City Court. The Dunkirk Police Department would be reimbursed up to $220,000 to cover the period between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 under 60-2013.

Under 63-2013 the Common Council would confirm the city’s support of the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation’s request for funding through the state attorney general’s community revitalization initiative. The funding would be used to demolish vacant and abandoned residential properties.

Budget line modifications are covered under the final two pre-filed resolutions. Under 64-2013, $4,855 would be transferred from the general fund’s summer camp revenue line to youth programming. Under 65-2013, the city would transfer a total of $33,000 to the Development Department’s Dunkirk Local Development Corporation’s allotment line. The general fund contingencies line would get hit for $20,000 while the other $13,000 would come from the Development Department’s contracted services line.

Council will also consider a request to change a Robin Street 400 block party date; a notice of claim for damages due to a city lawn mower; and a notice of dangerous trees in front of 435 Woodrow Ave.

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