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Dunkirk debates new dropoff site for yard waste

DUNKIRK – A new location for city residents to drop off yard waste and brush was a tangled topic for city leaders at the Public Works Committee meeting Monday in City Hall.

Department of Public Works Director Tony Gugino said that the city has been using concrete pads near the Lucas Street recycling area. Gugino said the site is owned by Realco and is now scheduled to be cleaned up by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The former Alleghany Ludlum Steel plant was located on the site.

Gugino said the city has had an agreement to use the area, considered a brownfield site, but during the cleanup, brush will have to be taken to another site.

Councilwoman Stacy Szukala asked other Council members to consider sites where brush could be dropped off. It was agreed that the parking lot behind Promenshenkel Stadium will be the best location at this time.

City residents are to receive notifications about the change in the brush dropoff locations.

Councilman Michael Michalski said he was concerned about the odor from the brush and leaves.

Gugino said a site will be needed until the spring, when the use and distribution of the recycled materials including, compost, wood chips and tree cuttings will be the topic of a resolution for Council.

Szukala said the Council will decide if any of the items can be distributed for private, residential use. “The spoils of the recycling area need to be a decision by the City Council,” said Szukala.

Gugino said that bids on the street paving project will be opened next week. He said he will prepare a resolution for the Sept. 2 Council meeting to approve hiring a contractor for paving.

Szukala asked for more progress on homes that are in disrepair. She asked City Code Enforcement Officer Al Zurawski to compile a list of the progress on the homes that have been cited for unsafe conditions.

Zurawski said there are several cases where the identities of the owners have not been determined.

City Attorney Ron Szot said that he will ask that anyone convicted of zoning codes be given jail time when they fail to pay zoning fines. He said that jail time seems harsh but that some people fail to pay fines even after convictions.