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Dunkirk City Council wants fire-damaged houses torn down

DUNKIRK – The City Council has decided that two properties that were the scene of recent fires should be torn down as soon as possible.

At their regular meeting Tuesday in City Hall, Council members read notices from Code Enforcement Officer Al Zurawski, who inspected 128 Lincoln Ave. and 79 W. Doughty St. Neither owner has responded to notices from the city to clean up the properties.

Zurawski said the property on Doughty Street has a hole in the roof caused by a Dec. 14 fire.

The next step in the process will be to try to notify the owners and see if they request a hearing. City Attorney Ron Szot said he does not anticipate that either owner will want one.

The city will attempt to put a lien on the properties as well, Szot said.

In other news, the annual “senior sweep” a cleanup activity with the graduating seniors from Dunkirk High School, will take place June 20.

Teams of teenagers are sent out with adult volunteers who supervise trash pickup and cleaning throughout the city. Councilwoman Stacy Szukala is the chairman of the event.

Public Works Supervisor Tony Gugino reported that work is progressing on the new water tank storage tower on Willowbrook Avenue.

He said work is on schedule and should be done at the end of the summer.

After the tank is complete, the city will accept bids for the demolition of the current tank at the site.

Gugino reported that the street sweeper is back in service as of Monday. He said city workers were able to repair the equipment.

Gugino also updated Council members on the progress at the wastewater treatment facility. There were several items that were listed for repairs on a consent order from the county Health Department. Gugino reported that the old drying bed materials have been removed and replacement is under way.

Mayor A.J. Dolce reported that 13 quotes for the work on the three city fire stations were received earlier Tuesday.

He said he was pleased to receive several responses to the city’s request for reports on the conditions of the buildings and anticipates that it will take some time to review them and provide Council members with a report.