A water line repair project for the city's west end received unanimous approval Tuesday at the regular meeting of the City Council in City Hall.
Public Works Superintendent Tony Gugino spoke in favor of the project, which will involve cleaning and relining 12-inch supply lines. He said the project not only will benefit residents, but also will help to prepare Dunkirk to be a regional supplier of water for industrial and residential users in the area.
"We will pose the city to be a key provider," he said.
Gugino said this project, in conjunction with the ongoing water improvement program, should bring the city's water supply services into shape for future use. He estimated that the work would be complete in about two years.
The project approved Tuesday will be partially funded with a $250,000 grant approved in 2007 by the office of State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean. Mayor A.J. Dolce expressed his thanks to the senator's office for keeping the funding available for so long.
The water tank on Willowbrook Avenue will be the target of current work. Neighbors in that area can expect crews doing groundwork and replacing the tank over the next several weeks.
In other matters, the Council received a letter from the Community Advisory Council recommending that the city change auditors at least once every three years and that other city agencies like the library and development corporation should not use the same auditors.
A Swan Street resident complained that one of his dogs has been attacked again while he was walking it on a leash. He said this is the second time he has filed a complaint with police about the attacking dogs. Councilman Michael Michalski said the matter would be placed on the agenda for the Public Safety Committee.
The Dunkirk Detachment of the U.S. Coast Guard received permission to use the city pier for an event called "Ready, Set, Wear It" on May 19. The group will be participating in a nationwide campaign to encourage the use of life jackets and attempt to set a world record for people wearing inflatable life jackets at one time.