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Dunkirk Common Council focuses on repairs to water treatment plant

DUNKIRK – Common Council members want Mayor A.J. Dolce to provide a written list of work that needs to be done to bring the city water treatment plant into compliance with health guidelines.

The resolution, introduced Tuesday by Councilwoman Stacy Szukala and Councilman Michael Michalski, asked for the action in response to citations issued in 2009 by the state and county health department. Some of the corrective issues involved the water treatment plant. Most recently, the mayor and various county and state officials were looking at potential damage to the breakwall behind the water treatment plant.  

“The intention is to make everyone aware of what we need to do to move forward,” said Szukala.  The resolution requiring a written notice from the mayor had unanimous support from the Council members. 

Public Works Director Tony Gugino said bids were opened on Monday for repairs to the breakwall. He said three bids were received and were less than expected. He said the lowest bid being reviewed is only $34,400.  “This brings the total project significantly less than we anticipated,” he said. 

“The material costs are about $210,000,” Gugino said. “My estimate right now for the 550-linear-foot area is between $245,000 to $265,000, much less than the estimates of a half-million-dollars,” he said. He said the bid documents are being reviewed by financial and engineering staff. 

Dolce, County Executive Vincent Horrigan and Emergency Services Coordinator Julius Leone declared that the wall was in danger of collapse and could impact the water intake line that draws Lake Erie water into the facility for treatment.  The resolution also asked that the mayor advertise for professional engineering services for the remaining work to be done. 

The resolution also requests that cost estimates for the remaining work be provided to the Council. The mayor said the county will consider providing some emergency funds to help pay for the breakwall repairs.  “We are also looking at some state funds,” Dolce said.

In other matters, Council members approved a resolution that will allow the Dunkirk Farmers Market to return to the parking lot at the Senior Center on Franklin Street.  The market is supported by a county initiative to bring local produce and other products to residents.

The Council approved a new fee schedule for building permits and zoning applications.  The new fees cover home remodeling, roof repairs, demolition and several other applications to the code enforcement officer. The new list of fees is available in the clerk’s office. 

Dolce said the new brush and yard permit program that requires commercial lawn services to pay $200 to dump materials at the city facility is ready.  Permits will be required starting June 1.