Change in store for city boat launch

The Dunkirk Common Council will convene a little early today; instead of its usual 5:30 p.m. start council will convene at 5:20 p.m. to hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the city’s sewer treatment ordinances.

At its last meeting, council tabled Resolution 31-2014, which 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. Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution at its regular meeting which follows the public hearing. Both meetings will take place in City Hall.

The regular meeting agenda consists of four new resolutions, four communications from the public, four loudspeaker applications and one notice of claim.

City lawmakers will be asked to make a change in the operations of the city’s boat launch at the city pier. Under 34-2014, the city will replace the harbormaster position by hiring Chadwick Bay Marina Holdings Inc. to run the operations.

Mayor Anthony J. Dolce would be authorized to sign a terminable recoverable license agreement with Chadwick Bay Marina that would require the company to operate the municipal boat launch, harbormaster building (including restrooms) and fish cleaning station from April through October of this year. Chadwick Bay will be required to pay the city $250 per month in advance for the opportunity to make a profit running the operation. Under the terms of the deal, the operations would have to be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be a new tenant at the Boardwalk Market if 35-2014 is approved. Pucci Kids LLC will pay $4,200 per year for a period to run from April 16, 2014 to March 31, 2016. Under terms of the resolution, which lists city resident Anthony Pucciarelli as the contact person, Pucci Kids LLC will offer retail sales of ice cream and related novelties, sandwiches and other prepared foods.

Budget modifications are covered under the other pre-filed resolutions.

Contracted services in the City Hall building budget will receive an additional $2,000 that will come from a City Hall repair/maintenance line under 32-2014.

Under 33-2014, the city will purchase two pieces of equipment under a state contract to upgrade lawn-mowing capabilities. A 2014 JD 1445 diesel front mower ($18,465.33) and a 2014 JD 72-inch mower deck ($3,856) will be paid for under a three-year lease agreement with annual payments of $6,632.63. Funding will come from both the parks department and a wastewater treatment plant line. Deere Credit Inc. of Johnson, Ia., will hold the lease.

The communications from the public are all seeking the city’s permission to hold events.

The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council is requesting permission to hold the annual Memorial Day services and parade on May 26. Services would begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park with the parade to start at approximately 11 a.m. The parade would follow its traditional route, heading east from the park on Lake Shore Drive to Central Avenue, then south on Central to Fifth Street before heading east on Fifth Street and disbanding at Washington Park.

The Juneteenth Celebration Committee is seeking permission to hold its 19th annual Juneteenth celebration in Memorial Park on June 6 and 7. According to the request from event vendor chair Sandra A. Lewis, the first Juneteenth celebration was held in Wright Park in 1994, with Floral Hall the most recent site.

Washington Park will be the site of the third annual Park in the Park Classic Car Cruise on June 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. if council approves. The event will raise money for the Dunkirk Historical Society and the Dunkirk High School incentive program, according to organizer Ryan Corbett. A loudspeaker permit was also filed for the event.

An outdoor health fair would be held in the parking lot of the Graf Building at Central Avenue and Third Street on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if council approves. The event is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program in cooperation with the county Department of Health and Human Services.

Loudspeaker applications included: the Elks Club for a June 14 flag day event at the Dunkirk Lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Moniuszko Club for an Aug. 9 picnic at Point Gratiot from noon to 4 p.m.; and Demetri’s on the Lake for its seasonal permit to run from May 20 to Sept. 15.

The notice of claim was from city resident Vieon Santos for $666.48 in damages to his vehicle allegedly caused by a Newton Street pothole he was unable to avoid Feb. 15.

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