Filling vacancy, Rosas appointment on agenda

Today’s city of Dunkirk Common Council meeting will start with four members and end with five if Resolution 72-2014, appointing Wilfred Rosas as councilman-at-large, is approved.

Rosas was the choice of the Dunkirk City Democratic Committee to fill the vacancy created when second-termer Stephanie Kiyak resigned Aug. 5, one day after presiding over her final meeting. A communication from City Democratic Committee Chairman Frank Gawronski notifying the council of the committee’s recommendation was also filed. The seat will be on the November ballot as Rosas’ term would expire Dec. 31.

The city will accept $10,000 from the state Office of Children & Family Services for the city’s Summer Better than Others program held at Camp Gross if 73-2014 is approved.

City resident Nicole M. Waite would continue as an “independent contractor to provide contracting services and assistance with various projects, particularly with regard to the administration of the city’s Community Development Block Grant program” if 74-2015 passes. Waite would receive $32,000 for each year of the two-year deal for a minimum of 32 hours per week. Waite, who was hired for a one-year period last year, would be hired from Sept. 3 until Aug. 30, 2016.

Resolution 75-2014 would transfer a total of $3,013 from three revenue accounts to three appropriations lines.

Some city streets would see improvements if 76-2014, hiring H. Olsen & Sons of Forestville to provide $569,382 of milling and paving road rebuilding this year. According to the resolution, there was only one bid and the funding would come from state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program the city has accumulated along with a CDBG street improvements budget line. There were no amounts listed for the budget lines.

Mayor Anthony J. Dolce filed a notice advising council of eight appointments, two to the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation. Joining that group would be new Councilman-at-Large Wilfred Rosas and Chuck Cornell, who is the interim director of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. Their terms would expire Feb. 21, 2016.

Robert Bankoski would remain as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire Dec. 9, 2017; Steve Galardo would remain on the board until Dec. 9, 2018; and Phillip Collier would serve until Dec. 9, 2014, filling the unexpired term of Laura Beehler.

The Property Maintenance Board will get three appointments as well with both Nancy Chrabasz and Dan Raynor serving until March 31, 2017, while Stephen Rees would serve until Dec. 12, 2015.

In addition to the communication from the City Democratic Committee, there were three requests and one notice of claim filed.

The Elevation Combat Sports Academy would like to hold a 5K costumed run on Oct. 11 to benefit Veterans One Stop of Western New York and itself, according to signer Tamara Racino.

Patrick J. Gondek wrote on behalf of the Black Watch ST Soccer requesting the use of a soccer field at Fourth Street and Brigham Road from Sept. 1 to Oct. 27. Participants would be boys and girls between the ages of seven and 12.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & Western New York is requesting the city’s Police Department to provide four to six “security personnel” at a demolition derby the organization will be holding at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds on Sept. 20. According to Executive Director Richard Goldstein, gates would open at 1 p.m. with the derby running from 4 p.m. to about 10 p.m.

City residents Dan and Lisa Lukasik have filed a notice of claim for damages caused by a water leak. In dispute is who should pay to have a driveway replaired, themselves or the city. According to the Lukasiks, there has been no meter or water service to the property since a fire destroyed the house there some 20 years ago.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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