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Dunkirk officials, CSX to meet on derailment

DUNKIRK Mayor Richard Frey and City Council members plan to meet with CSX railroad representatives to discuss the April 9 train derailment in Dunkirk.

During a meeting of the Common Council on Tuesday, the mayor said he is looking forward to the May 15 meeting to discuss several issues, including rail ties left at some sites in the city and delays at train crossings.

In other matters, the city's code enforcement officer now is able to write citations for several building code violations. The Council approved a law granting the new powers after a public hearing at which two residents raised concerns that some code issues may pose an undue burden on senior citizens.

Frey said he will work with local agencies to see whether any assistance can be provided to senior citizens who need repair work done or have other property issues.

In other matters:

*National Grid has withdrawn its request for an assessment review. The company worked out issues with the assessor's office and the current assessment will stand, officials said.

*The city will purchase two new police cars at a total cost of $45,238. The cars will be through the state bid price.

*Councilman Richard Makuch noted that residents are invited to check the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Web site to see photographs of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders.

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