Important city issues overlooked

As a city of Dunkirk resident and taxpayer and past councilman, I have to comment on this council’s handling of our city budget and the unnecessary remarks made by recently resigned Councilwoman at-Large Stephanie Kiyak about this city budget.

I hate to say it, but I told you so. Vehicles and buildings at the city barns have been falling apart for years. In fact, I wrote several articles about these problems and the disregard for the handling of monies for other projects. For instance, we cannot afford to give the Dunkirk Library $130,000 each and every year and disregard the other departments. I am not saying not to give the library any funding, but that amount is way too much for just that one entity.

There are far more important issues that must be taken care of first. Kiyak knew all this, but she criticized the streets department. Her remarks were out of place, and she owes that department an apology. They are working short of manpower the way it is.

I do give credit to Councilwoman Stacy Szukala. She told it like it is about the city trucks. Councilman Michael Michalski tried to explain the budget to Kiyak but all she could say was “why?” and “why?” and I quote Kiyak as saying this, along with “What would you like to talk about? How cute the number is?”

Kiyak asked the only people on this council at this time who are the only ones with level heads. The only ones who are doing anything are Michalski and Szukala.

Good work to Szukala and Michalski.

My last comment is what are the other two councilmen doing? They are doing nothing since they have been on the council. Time for a change.

Richard Makuch is a Dunkirk resident. Send comments to