DUNKIRK – Mayor A.J. Dolce hopes to rehabilitate some abandoned homes in disrepair throughout the city through funds in the Chautauqua County Land Bank Program.
Dolce announced Tuesday that the city will receive money from the fund and that he hopes it can be used to put some homes back on the tax rolls with new owners. He said funds may also be used to demolish other homes and sell the empty lots to neighbors who want larger yards. Dolce said a final number on funding through the landbank has not been provided, but he expects that the funding and a plan for prioritizing the projects could be in place soon.
“Details will be coming shortly,” he said.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting of the Common Council, Stephanie Kiyak was named as the Council representative to the North Chautauqua Water District. Councilwoman at Large Kiyak was absent from the meeting, but she had unanimous support for the appointment from all four remaining council members.
City Public Works Director Tony Gugino said there have been 28 water leaks in the city this winter. He said he believes the cold temperatures have been to blame for the increase in leaks. Gugino said four additional leaks are scheduled to be repaired this week. He said that most of the leaks have not required a lot of parts but have been labor-intensive.
“I am going to look to the Council for some solutions,” he said. Gugino said that there is only one person assigned to water maintenance and that he needs additional help. He said overtime in water maintenance is already at 69 percent of the budget.
Permission was granted for the Lake Shore Humane Society to use Point Gratiot on June 28 for its annual Pat McGee Memorial Dog Walk.
Permission was also given to the Dunkirk High School Track and Field Team to have its annual 5K race Aug. 9.