Cable station may get upgrade

Subscribers to Time Warner Cable TV in Dunkirk may soon see a change in the operations of the Local Access 12 station – the third in less than a year.

Common Council will be asked to approve the hiring of Dunkirk High School teacher William Smock to run the station when it meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Resolution 27-2014 would authorize and direct Mayor Anthony J. Dolce to execute the necessary paperwork to engage the services of Smock to “provide primary production oversight and operational management for the city’s local access channel.”

Smock, a Cherry Creek resident, teaches technology, including Design Drafting for Production, and is in charge of the high school’s television station. He would be paid $1,000 per month for the period from April 2 to March 31, 2015. Smock has attended recent scheduled meetings of the Cable Board, although a lack of a quorum at the March meeting kept the board from officially endorsing the selection of Smock.

From its inception until May 2013, the station was run by volunteers, led by long-time cable Board Chairman Danny McGill and Christa Haynes, who was program director for the station. That all changed when council approved the hiring of TRR Productions, doing business as V3 Studios, at $1,000 per month to run the station and increase the number of volunteers and programming. The contract with VNR expired Dec. 31, 2013, and so did its relationship with the city.

Council has four other pre-filed resolutions to consider, including hiring Zambelli Fireworks Internationale of New Castle, Pa. to put on the Friday, July 4 fireworks display. Zambelli, which has put on the displays in recent years, would be paid $30,000, with a rain date of July 5 under 28-2014.

Papaya Arts Inc. will remain as a Boardwalk Market tenant if 29-2014 is approved. Under terms of the proposed lease, which would run from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016, Papaya Arts would pay an annual fee of $6,037.50, or just more than $503 per month.

Resolution 30-2014 would transfer $11,000 from a wastewater treatment capital replacement project line to an equipment line, making the purchase of a new refrigerated all-weather sampler and associated equipment possible.

Resolution 31-2014 also deals with sewage and sewer use. The resolution would modify the definition of slug in the city’s sewer use ordinance to conform to general pre-treatment requirements contained in 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 403. Slug would now mean “any discharge of a non-routine, episodic nature, including but not limited to an accidental spill or a non-customary batch discharge, which has a reasonable potential to cause interference or pass through, or in any other way violate the POTW’s regulations, local limits or permit conditions.”

Communications include a request from SUNY Fredonia/FACE Center for permission to hold beach cleanups on April 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at Point Gratiot and Wright Park. The cleanup is part of the college’s Earth Week activities, according to Christina Jarvis, the FACE Center’s community projects coordinator.

The Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veteran’s Park Museum is seeking the use of city bandstands, picnic tables and trash cans on Aug. 16 and 17 as it, along with the Dunkirk Historical Society and The 64th Virginia Mounted Infantry, will sponsor a Civil War reenactment. A loudspeaker permit for the event is also being requested.

The Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY Inc. is requesting the use of city facilities June 7 to 14 for its annual walleye tournament.

“Previously you have generously donated your facility and a season pass to our organization during tournament time. We would be grateful if you were able to do so again this year,” wrote Antoinette Grote, recording secretary for the organization.

Approval of three commercial bait fishing licenses, two separate notices of claim for damages allegedly due to a pothole and a city sidewalk plow, along with three loudspeaker permit applications round out the agenda.

Rookies on the Lake and Bart’s Cove have filed for their seasonal loudspeaker permits while the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Associa-tion seeks a permit on June 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. for a fund raising, charitable event at Point Gratiot.