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Spring cleaning tops Public Works Committee’s agenda in Dunkirk

DUNKIRK – City officials were talking about spring clean-up projects at a meeting of the Public Works Committee meeting Monday in City Hall.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala asked Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Al Zurawski to come up with a list of priorities for homes to be cleaned up or demolished for the next meeting of the City Council.

Zurawski said he is already looking at properties with excessive debris and that he will look for unregistered vehicles and various building and zoning code violations.

Szukala asked Zurawski to watch for illegal dumping and report on any residents who are leaving large items at the curb.

Public Works Director Tony Gugino said he plans to tag items placed at the curb that are not eligible for pickup with regular household trash. He said residents should get a copy of the city schedule on recycling pickup and large item pickup.

Gugino said he will compile a list of vehicles and equipment that he would like replaced this year. He said his department is looking for surplus items to sell.

Gugino said the city also is selling scrap metal for extra revenue.

“We are aggressive in trying to recapture dollars,” said Gugino.

He recommended that the city look at leasing vehicles and promised to do a cost analysis for leasing versus buying.

Gugino said the bike path and Memorial Park would be on the top of the list of lighting projects for the summer.

He told committee members that these areas do not have adequate lighting and are used for many events and visited by tourists.

Gugino said he will submit plans for lighting at the next meeting of the City Council.