Water-related resolutions on council agenda

The work on a north county water district will take another step when the Dunkirk Common Council meets today in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. – if council approves Resolution 17-2014.

Council is being asked to approve the city’s transferring funding it receives from the state’s Department of State under a Local Government Efficiency grant to reimburse the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation for lead consultant costs in the development of a regional water system.

In February 2013 council confirmed the city to act as lead applicant for for the grant. That resolution also stated the city not be responsible for any portion of the local share, authorized Mayor Anthony J. Dolce to execute all necessary documents and nominated Development Director Steve Neratko to act as the lead applicant contact person.

In addition to appointing CBRDC as the entity to administer the grant, Resolution 17-2014 reiterates and restates the terms and conditions of Resolution 13-2013 and states they “shall continue in full force and effect.”

The city’s fire halls will get a comprehensive and professional analysis if 18-2014 is approved.

Pacheco Ross Architects of Voorheesville, NY will be paid not more than $29,900 to “identify possible needed renovations, along with cost estimates and the viability of such renovations.” The firm was chosen after a selection process that included onsite reviews of the halls.

Work on the city’s water distribution system required under a consent order will continue if 19-2014 is approved.

The renovation of seven filters at the water treatment plant, filter and chemical building renovations and upgrades along with valve and piping replacements will be done at a cost of $1,625,500. According to 19-2014, STC Construction Inc. of Springville was the lowest responsible bid and was selected based on the recommendation of Public Works Director Tony Gugino.

Two notices of claim will likely be referred to City Attorney Ron Szot.

Travelers Insurance Company, as subrogee of Barbara Vandette, has filed for damages to Vandette’s car that occurred Dec. 31 at the North County Transfer Station when a city dump truck slid backward into Vandette’s vehicle. The collision caused Vandette’s vehicle to slide into the cashier’s booth at the transfer station.

The vehicle damage claim is for at least $11,307. In addition, Vandette has sought medical treatment for injuries alleged to have occurred during the incident.

David Mleczko, 51 Point Drive N., has filed a claim for $125 to replace his mail box which was allegedly damaged by a city salt truck on Jan. 12. The claim states there were tire tracks in the front yard where the salt truck went off the road.

Requests for use of city facilities include one from the Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association to use the city boat launch on March 1 for a polar bear swim fundraiser.

The Great Lakes Experience Inc. is looking to use Memorial Park on June 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2013, a similar event in Memorial Park drew some 2,000 visitors to the county, according to GLE Executive Director Beth Smeader.

“By hosting live animal exhibits and educational games and displays, visitors will enjoy learning about everything from local wildlife to safe boating,” Smeader stated in her letter.

The Lake Shore Street Rod Association will host its annual Harbor Cruise at Point Gratiot if council approves. The free event will be held July 6 and is part of the association’s fundraising efforts.

Promenschenkel Field will be one site for the sixth annual Nathan George Co-Ed slo-pitch softball tournament Aug. 9 if council approves. The event drew 23 teams in 2013, according to Sandy George, foundation vice president. Loudspeaker permit applications were also filed for both events.

Dolce has notified council of several appointments, all city residents, in a communication.

Appointed to the Youth Board with terms expiring Feb. 5, 2017 are Tim Gornikiewicz, Marty Bamonto, Peter Rodriguez, John Sliwa, Joe Gould, Ryan Corbett and Doug Lockett. Jonelle Anderson, Ron McWillson, Abby Yerico and Edward “EJ” Hayes were appointed to terms expiring Feb. 5, 2015. A student from both the middle school and high school will also be named.

Dolce also appointed city resident Mike Rosing to a term on the Harbor Commission that expires Feb. 1, 2016.

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 germane to any action taken or contemplated by the council.”

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