City already ‘sacrificing’

How about some applause for Dunkirk Common Council member William Rivera.

After a prepared statement from Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak regarding how a regional water district needs to best fit the city – without any sacrifices – Rivera admitted his frustration with how long this is dragging on.

“We go to these meetings and the need for every municipality in this county is obviously there. We have the product, we have the water,” Rivera said. “It’s time for us to get moving, and I think what seems to be the bump in the road is that we all need to come to the consensus that the group … needs to focus on the infrastructure of the district.”

If Dunkirk can produce more water, that’s good news for the plant as well as those municipalities that are willing to be tied to it.

As for Kiyak’s statement that “Dunkirk is not sacrificing,” she is off the mark. At the rate population has declined as well as water users, Dunkirk will be “sacrificing” plenty by not being a part of the district.

The city, on its own, will continue raising rates on its dwindling number of customers, affecting a diminishing number of businesses all while holding up progress.

In other words, it will be business as usual. There is never any sacrifice associated with that.