Water district in town part of council agenda


OBSERVER City Editor

The town of Dunkirk will be one step closer to forming a new water district if the city’s Common Council approves Resolution 78-2013 when it meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

The town is proposing the creation of the Town of Dun-kirk Comprehensive Town Water District, Water Service Area No. 1, according to 78-2013. As part of the process the state requires a coordinated environmental review under SEQRA regulations and the city is being asked to consent to the town being the lead agency in the review.

The resolution also directs Mayor Anthony J. Dolce to “execute any related consents or similar documentation to this effect.”

Resolution 79-2013 would lower the assessment on the property at 8-10 E. Second St. owned by Ogden Newspapers of New York, Inc. from $557,400 to $400,000 commencing with the 2013-2014 tax year. The parent company of the OBSERVER filed notice and petition for proceedings under NY Real Property Tax Law Article Seven challenging the assessment and requesting it be lowered to $246,000.

“Whereas, after preliminary Court conferences and negotiations with the petitioner, a settlement has been reached that the Department of Assessment and the Law Department believe is in the best interests of the City,” 79-2013 states.

The city would receive up to $17,500 in funding under a Stone Garden Grant if 80-2013 gets council approval. The grant has little to do with gardening however, the funding would pay for city police officers to provide “augmented border patrol services through overtime details on land and water in the form of roving patrols, surveillance of marinas and crewing of Sheriff’s Office boats,” according to 80-2013.

The resolution states the county has received grant funds in order to enhance law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along the country’s borders among federal, state, local and tribal enforcement agencies and county resolution No. 20-12 authorized the agreement with the city. The funds would allocate $14,000 for overtime wages an $3,500 for fringe benefits.

Two pre-filed communications are also on the agenda.

Harvest Chapel is requesting the use of Washington Park on Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. to hold a “Courtney Street Christmas” that is “not just for the children and families that live on Courtney St., but it is for any families living in the neighboring community as well.” The actual event would run from 2 to 4 p.m. and include a story tent, Santa in the gazebo, refreshments, train rides with the use of a lawn tractor, horse and carriage rides and/or a petting zoo, along with gifts for all children and young people.

A notice of claim has been filed by attorneys for Barbara A. Sullivan, 115 Mullet St., for damages for personal in-juries allegedly caused by a fall on a sidewalk not properly maintained. The claim states the fall occurred on Sept. 1 around 6:35 a.m. in front of 109 Mullet St. and resulted in “severe injuries, including severe pain and loss of movement of her left leg.”

The claim names the city, Donald A. Klocek Jr., Nola Harrison-Klocek and Bobbie Gregory, their agents, servants, or employees, as possible targets of a lawsuit “unless the claim is paid within a reasonable time.”

A privilege of the floor for audience participation along with statements from the mayor and council members are also part of the regular agenda.

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