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Dunkirk airs need for water meters

The Dunkirk City Council Tuesday night discussed water loss and sewer cleaning.

Council members heard from Mayor Richard Frey, who said he hopes to be able to replace some aging water meters with newer models. He said water loss due to old or nonfunctional meters is approaching 33 percent.

The mayor said an application has been submitted to the Restore New York Fund to help with a citywide replacement and update project for water. The Council authorized Tony Gugino, Department of Public Works director, to seek bids for equipment to clean sanitary sewers.

Gugino said this is work that has been done by an outside contractor. He said the new equipment would clean and treat sanitary sewer lines and should result in a savings to the city. Gugino said a regular schedule will be followed for the work.

"We should save thousands of dollars a year doing it with our own crews," Gugino said.

The mayor is in the process of reviewing playground equipment options for Point Gratiot, Washington Park and the New York Avenue Playground. He said information is being gathered on types of equipment, and bids will be let out in the near future.

The mayor said he will continue to pursue consolidation of services with the Town of Dunkirk and Village of Fredonia. He said talks are under way with both municipalities.

He is still open to a proposal to reduce the size of the City Council from five to three members and said he will introduce the idea to the Council soon.

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