DUNKIRK – Members of the Dunkirk Economic Development Committee reviewed property maintenance issues and street paving projects on the schedule for this summer.
At the regular meeting Monday in City Hall, Chairwoman Stephanie Kiyak asked about homes in need of mowing and maintenance. Planning Director Steve Neratko said that property owners are being notified that they need to mow grass and trim weeds. City employees will be working on any properties that are not maintained by homeowners. The property owner will be billed, or the amount will be added to city taxes if they are not paid.
A complete list of city streets to be repaved will be provided to the Council at the next session, according to Mayor A.J. Dolce. He said the streets that needed a topcoat after last fall will be on the priority list for summer repaving.
Neratko said a list of houses planned for rehabilitation or removal will be finalized in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Landbank Program. The Landbank Program purchased properties from tax foreclosure list and will work with prospective buyers to return the properties to the tax rolls.
Dolce said there will be a public reception to welcome sculptor Peter Wolf Toth, who is working on the Whispering Giant sculpture. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the gazebo behind the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center.
The group also heard that this year’s July 4th fireworks display appeared to have the largest crowd ever in attendance. No police issues were reported on the holiday.
The city’s Festivals Committee is currently working on a Heritage Festival, which will take place Sept. 12.