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Dunkirk board approves parking law

DUNKIRK – Vehicles that block the designated fire lane in front of businesses on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk will soon be subject to ticketing and fines.

A local law was approved Tuesday at the regular meeting of the Dunkirk Town Board. No one had comments at a public hearing on the proposed local law that would prohibit vehicles from stopping or parking in the fire lane. Dunkirk police and other agencies that have the authority to enforce town laws will be able to write tickets for Dunkirk Town Court as soon as the law is filed with the secretary of state. Fines can range from $25 to $250.

Town Councilman Juan Pagan said he was in favor of the new law and said he thought motorists have had a habit of parking in front of the businesses for quick shopping trips. “This will be better from a fire safety standpoint,” Pagan said.

In other action, Supervisor Richard Purol reported that progress is being made on a grant application for the Roberts Road Water District. He said that talks are also continuing on a shared water project among the towns of Dunkirk, Pomfret, Portland and village of Brocton.

Purol said he attended a recent meeting of the Chadwick Bay Regional Association and that he thinks there is positive progress on a water district that would serve the northern end of Chautauqua County.

Five building permits and a certificate of occupancy for a new business at the D & F Plaza were issued in August. Board members heard that the new business, “Box Monkey” is a shipping and packing center.

The supervisor reported that he has received information from the state Department of Transportation and that a study will be done on the possibility of installing a traffic light on Route 60 at Williams Street. He said the study could take several months.

Board members approved a public hearing on a proposed local law that would allow the town to exceed the current state property tax cap. The hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 15.