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Water system issues to be addressed

The City of Dunkirk plans to address several concerns raised about the community's water distribution system.

Common Council Chairman James Muscato said the problems were pointed out initially in a report by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Muscato said that safety concerns are at the top of the list and that DEC representatives will be assisting the city to search for funding to make some necessary repairs.

"What's happened here has been years in the making and probably should have been addressed by past administrations," said Muscato, addressing the Council on Tuesday in City Hall.

Officials did not discuss the problems specifically but noted a full report is expected to be made public soon.

In other matters:

* City Police Chief David Ortolano said he was pleased with the new agreement for a cellular telephone service because new antennas were provided for the Police and Fire departments at no charge. Despite the chief's comments, Councilwoman Rose Floramo voted against a motion transferring $10,000 to pay for cell tower issues. Officials, however, noted the funding was provided by the cell company. The motion was approved, 4-1.
* Councilman Kevin Muldowney praised City Clerk William Tuggle for his efforts on a successful Concerts on the Pier season.

Tuggle arranged 13 weeks of summer concerts and the city has a festival committee headed by Muldowney that is working on ideas for the 2009 season.

Muldowney said the average attendance for the free summer concerts was more than 400, with some concerts attracting as many as 800 on the pier. The city also added a festival featuring sand castle sculptures and other entertainment on the harborfront.

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