Dunkirk: Digging deeper for ‘more money’

Before this week’s meeting, Common Council member Adelino Gonzalez made an excellent point in voting “no” in regard to the city of Dunkirk making a loan payment.

On Sept. 3, Gonzalez was the lone member of council to disagree with the city putting down $50,000 on the harborfront property between Demetri’s and Stefan’s Marina. His reasons were similar to a customer being asked to pay $15 for a small soft drink that regularly costs $1.25.

“I think the price is going to be way too much and for us to be putting more money into bad money. I will vote against it,” he said.

That land, purchased by the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. in a package deal, cost $762,500. It was not a good deal then – and it is not a good deal today.

Gonzalez, for his part, acknowledged that. But when other council members voted, the city dug its mess of a financial hole a little deeper.