Common Council set to meet tonight

The Dunkirk Common Council will hold its first regular meeting of 2014 today, after its Jan. 7 meeting was canceled due to weather.

Council will receive three communications from Mayor Anthony J. Dolce about appointments that are effective Jan. 22.

Dolce is appointing Robert Harris as City Historian; Andy Bohn to a five-year term on the Planning Board; Kurt Warmbrodt to a one-year term and Eugene Pauszek to a three-year term, both on the Harbor Commission. All four are city residents.

Dunkirk City School District Superintendent Gary Cerne wrote to request the presence of two police officers during the Fredonia at Dunkirk boys basketball game Jan. 31.

Fredonia resident Linda Hudson, through her attorney, has filed notice that the city is summoned to answer a complaint in state Supreme Court in Mayville. The notice was stamped received in the county clerk’s office on Sept. 20, 2013 and stamped as received in the city clerk’s office Jan. 16, 2014. There was no other information on the claim filed with council’s agenda.

There are two notices of claim filed for damage to mail posts allegedly caused by city plows that were to be considered Jan. 7. Jon Muntz of Beach Road and Otter Street resident Stella Michalak filed for damage. In addition, Richard J. Clark, the race director and vice president of ScoreThis, Inc., is seeking permission to hold a triathlon event on Aug. 24. The event, which consists of an open water swim, along with bike and running races, would be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Two pre-filed resolutions from Jan. 7, along with three more resolutions, are on today’s agenda.

Under 11-2014, council will authorize the mayor to sign an agreement with the state Department of Transportation concerning the city’s manholes on state Route 5 and state Route 60 in the city. The DOT is planning to pave the roads and the agreement allows the DOT to adjust the manholes as needed, “provided any modifications or adjustments are made so that the city will continue to maintain its facilities using said manholes.”

Council will be asked to approve the awarding of bids for chemicals for the city’s water pollution control facility under 12-2014. According to 12-2014, Amrex Chemical Co. Inc. of Binghamton was the low bidder to provide aqua ammonia solution at 24.75 cents per pound and phosphoric acid at 58 cents per pound.

The bids were opened Jan. 2 and were the lowest responsible bids, according to the resolution.

Modifications adding $5,825 will be made to eight budget lines in the 2013 budget will be made under 13-2014. The funds will come from other budget lines in the affected departments.

The city will renew its contract with Complete Testing services of Hamburg to provide standard random selection drug testing for city employees possessing a CDL license under 14-2014. The price was not listed in the resolution.

Resolution 15-2014 authorizes an agreement between the city and the State of New York Unified Court System for certain expenses associated with the maintenance and operation of the city’s court facilities. The agreement covers the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 and calls for the city to be paid a maximum of $49,057.

Council will also entertain comments from people during its privilege of the floor portion of the meeting. According to council rules, speakers are limited to three minutes unless representing a group, in which case they are allowed five minutes. The rules also state the “chairman shall maintain good order and may require any speaker to cease speaking if remarks are made in bad taste, or are slanderous or not germain to any action taken or contemplated by the council.”

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

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