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Dunkirk Town Board appoints Bishop as councilman

DUNKIRK – G. Jay Bishop was appointed as a councilman by the Town Board on Tuesday in a unanimous vote.

He succeeds Marc M. Kutner, who resigned in April because he is leaving the area. Councilman Robert L. Penharlow made the recommendation to fill the vacancy now rather than wait until the November election. The term will run until Dec. 31.

In other business:

• Supervisor Richard A. Purol presented a copy of the Northern Chautauqua Regional Water District proposal and agreement to board members. Town Attorney Jeffrey G. Passafaro said he will issue an opinion on the proposed agreement this week.

“The way it is written, there is a base rate,” Passafaro said. “I would caution all boards that no one is going to pay the base rate once add-ons are included.”

• Code Enforcement Officer Ryan O. Mourer said he has received a partial application for a new hotel and a permit application for a retail business to open an athleticwear store. Both businesses are planning to locate on Vineyard Drive.

• The Lakefront Water Revitalization Plan was approved by board members. The plan is a regional effort to improve areas along the Lake Erie shoreline in northern Chautauqua County. Purol identified several projects that promote tourism and promote improvements to the identified area along Route 5. The proposal goes to New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for review.

• Councilman Henry Waldorf said the new Highway Superintendent Anthony J. Pulci is working out well for the department. A written report of completed jobs was presented to the board. Pulci, who is a town justice in Pomfret was holding court and did not attend the session.

• A letter from the state Department of Transportation was received on an investigation of vehicle issues on William Street at Route 60. The supervisor said the DOT will install an “oversized stop sign” at the William Street intersection. A request to reduce the speed on Route 60 was denied.

The DOT said the accidents investigated in that area were found to be caused by “driver error.”

The letter also indicated that the DOT will study changing the four-lane highway to a three-lane road with a center turning lane.

• The regular meeting in June will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 9 at 6:30 p.m. instead of the third Tuesday. A special meeting and workshop session will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 2.