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Dunkirk awards contract to repair damaged breakwall

DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk Common Council on Friday awarded a contract for emergency repairs to the breakwall behind the city’s water treatment facility.

H&K Services of Leon will be paid $34,496 for the work.

Public Works Director Tony Gugino said the bid was the lowest of three received for the project. He said the next closest bid was $10,000 to $12,000 higher.

The project involves placing stone and other materials at the wall to keep it from caving in near the plant. Work is expected to start Tuesday.  

The city will supply materials, including stone and a special fabric at a cost of about $216,000. 

City Attorney Ron Szot suggested that the allowance for the project should be increased slightly due to “unknowns” in the project.  The damage to the wall is partially under water and could not be fully examined. A $5,000 contingency fund was added to the capital fund for the project. 

The city had representatives from the county Emergency Services Department and Health Department looking at the damage to the wall earlier this month.  County officials are expected to consider helping the city with the costs of the project because of its emergency nature.  

The county has a vested interest in the water treatment plant because the city is set to be the supplier for a north county water district that would supply residents in several areas who currently receive water through private wells. 

Councilman-at-Large Willie Rosas said, “We are looking and seeking more emergency funds, at the federal, state and county level. We are providing the county with further documentation.”

He said the city has been reaching out to the local county legislators to explain the situation and win their support.