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Dunkirk Town Board sets special meeting on possible truck purchase

DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk Town Board will consider a new truck and equipment for the Highway Department at a special meeting on Aug. 4.

During a meeting Tuesday in Town Hall, Supervisor Richard Purol said the special session will focus on the need for a new plow truck.

The town is required to remove snow on 7 miles of roads.

Council members also will examine an inventory of vehicles and equipment in the Highway Department. The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Other issues raised in the Highway Department’s monthly report:

• A total of 2.3 miles of road will be sealed this week.

• Although 6 feet of water flooded Willow Road during the recent heavy rains, the roadway showed no damage after the water receded.

• Railroad crews will be making repairs to the train crossing on Middle Road on Friday. The road will be closed during the repairs.

In other business:

• Board members reviewed expenses for the Stegelske Pump House water pump, which serves the town’s industrial district.

Purol said an excessive amount of water use at the pump station was reported in February and a test is needed.

“We are spending an awful lot of money there,” said Purol, who added that after recent bills for services and labor were factored in, officials determined the pump station is over budget for the year.

• Councilman Robert Penharlow asked that maintenance be scheduled for the War of 1812 monument on Route 5. The plaque at the site, which commemorates the first Lake Erie battle of the war, was placed there in 1976. Board members agreed with the request and Penharlow said he would look at cost estimates for improvements.