DHA contract approval on council agenda

The first-ever collective bargaining agreement be-tween the Dunkirk Housing Authority and its employees, represented by the United Steelworkers of America District 4 Local 2693, will be set if the Dunkirk Common Council approves Resolution 66-2014 when it meets today at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. Council will hold its first meeting of August a day early to enable city officials to attend National Night Out Tuesday in Washington Park.

Under the state’s Public Housing Law Section 32, the local legislative body is required to approve the fixing of compensation of housing authority employees. The contract covers the period from 2008 through 2017 but provides no retroactive increase for the years 2008-2012. A 3 percent increase is included for 2013; 2 percent in 2014 and 2015, along with a 1.5 percent increase for both 2016 and 2017. In addition, the resolution states the employees will contribute 5 percent toward their medical insurance.

DHA Executive Director Judy Presutti also sent a communication asking for council’s approval of the “negotiated agreement.”

There are five other pre-filed resolutions, along with five more communications from the public, three notices of claim and two loudspeaker permit applications on the agenda. Three of the resolutions deal with properties that the city is looking to have demolished.

Resolution 63-2014 directs Building Inspector Allan Zurawski to inspect premises at 107 Lord St.; 64-2014 will send Zurawski to inspect premises at 165 W. Fourth St.; while 65-2014 will cause premises at 220 Franklin Ave. to be inspected. All three require Zurawski to report back to council with his findings. The actions are being taken under Chapter 18 of the City Code as part of the process leading to demolition.

The school resource officer agreement between the city and the Dunkirk City School District would continue if 61-2014 is approved. The agreement would provide the SRO for a period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 at a charge of $10,410.77 per month.

The city would continue its independent contractor agreement with Steve Purol to provide services as an animal control officer and certain parking enforcement services from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Purol would be paid $2,000 per month along with fuel reimbursement of up to $800 for the year.

Communications from the public include a request for the use of Washington Park on Thursday at 5 p.m. from 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East. The union, which represents technical, clerical, service and maintenance workers at Brooks Memorial Hospital, wants to hold a “Community Rally to Save Our Hospital” after an informational picket at the hospital scheduled to run from 2 to 5 p.m. The city’s elected officials were also asked to attend.

Gaffar Adam, regional director for AG Combat Sports Promotions Southern Tier Martial Arts League, wrote to request the use of Memorial Park on Aug. 16 to hold an outdoor kickboxing event.

City officials were asked to attend the second annual Battle at Lighthouse Point in a letter from David Briska of the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veteran’s Park Museum. The Civil War battle re-enactment is scheduled to be held Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City residents Dan and Lisa Lukasik, wrote to report a dead tree on the Gazelle Street side of their home at 165 Lake Shore Drive E. According to the letter, the Lukasiks have contacted the Department of Public Works four times.

City resident John Rose filed a claim for damages to his car alleged to have occurred when he hit a pothole on Franklin Avenue on July 18.

Erie resident Lisa Tuzynski filed a claim for damages alleged to have occurred at Wright Park when her car’s windshield was hit by a softball while she was attending a tournament.

Buffalo resident Jose Vega has submitted a claim for medical bills from an alleged incident during the July 5 wrestling show held in Memorial Park as part of the Wreck and Roll festival. According to the claim, he was hit in the head by an unsecured sheet of plywood while he was at the wrestling event.

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