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Dunkirk Local Development Corp. is planning to market the city, including vacant land that can be developed.

The board of directors decided Monday night to put a sign on vacant land it owns at the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Second Street. The city also owns a parcel of land adjacent to the agency's land, and the two tracts may be marketed together, officials said.

The board also named four members to the Harborfront Development Task Force, including Councilman at Large Edward Divine, Nance Hoover, John Bankosh, and Rebecca Condon of the Dunkirk/Sheridan Empire Zone. A fifth member is expected to be named by the Greater Dunkirk Harbor Commission.

"The task force will show the commitment of the DLDC and the city to businesses and development on the harborfront," said Mayor Robert Kesicki, who is board chairman of the agency.

Kesicki also delivered an update on action to ease problems at the city's wastewater-treatment plant caused by too much food waste. The city is negotiating a consent order to fix the problem with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The plant became overloaded and has discharged waste into Lake Erie, in violation of its permit.

The three major food processors are Cliffstar, which makes juices and fruit products, Fieldbrook Farms Ice Cream Co., which makes frozen desserts, and Carriage House, which makes mayonnaise and salad dressings.

In response to the problem, the city has received $150,000 in a grant from Assemblyman William L. Parment, D-North Harmony, and the agency has added $75,000 to that amount. The money will be used to ease the financial crunch on food processors, who have to pay to haul the waste elsewhere for treatment.

The Fredonia Village Board, which met Monday night, decided to accept waste from Cliffstar and Carriage House. In the meantime, Fieldbrook Farms is trucking waste to Jamestown, according to Sherry Bauer of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

The city also has hired the Buffalo engineering firm of Nussbaumer & Clarke to draw up a plan for the updating of the wastewater-treatment plant.

The upgrade may cost $5 million, Bauer said, adding that he has met with State Sen. Patricia K. McGee, R-Franklinville, and Pataki administration officials. "This is an emergency situation, which includes job-retention and growth," Bauer said.

The board also approved a $50,000 loan to Dunkirk Metal Co. for machinery and equipment.

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