DUNKIRK – Finance committee members in the City of Dunkirk are analyzing the costs of outside organizations holding events in the city.
At the regular meeting Monday, Committee Chairman Michael Michalski said he looked at overtime costs for one event – the annual Tri-Athlon in the city – and estimated the cost was more than $1,000 for police, fire and public works department employees.
“The difficult part is how much revenue is generated,” he said. Michalski said that he would like a poll of other communities to see if they charge fees to organizations that request the use of their parks or public areas.
Councilwoman Stephanie Kiyak said that if the committee is looking at costs, it also should look at all costs associated with events, not just overtime.
A memo from Police Chief David Ortolano indicated that some groups make donations to the Police Benevolent Association after their events.
Michalski said he is also going to request a list of events that the city has approved in the past to get more information about how many events are held and what their impact is on the city’s budget.
In other business, the group will be considering accepting online payments for water, sewer and tax bills. The members plan to meet with the city’s treasurer and technology consultant to consider the payment method.
Committee members also reviewed insurance premiums paid on city properties. Chairman Michalski said further study is needed but that committee members may be presented with a proposal to eliminate small parcels or personal property valued at less than $5,000, as that is the city’s deductible. Michalski said the committee should plan on increasing the insurance value on the wastewater and water treatment facilities due to the recent improvements at both locations.