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Dunkirk grants contractor extension for waterfront project

DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk City Council on Tuesday granted S. St. George Enterprises an extension to continue to work on the city’s break water project until Oct. 31.

The contractor was scheduled to complete the $3.3 million project along Lake Front Boulevard by Aug. 31. According to the resolution, weather made it difficult to meet the deadline. The rebuilt breakwall also includes new sidewalks, staircases and walkways to the beach.

There will be no additional cost to the city.

The Council was short by two members, Michael Michalski and William Rivera. That left Councilman-at-Large Willie Rosas and members Stacey Szukala and Andolino Gonzolez to approve the matter.

Public Works Director Tony Gugino said there were more than 23 days during the construction season with high winds. “No one is more frustrated than the contractor,” Gugino said. “He wanted to be done, too.”

Gugino said the high water levels and winds made it unsafe for workers on several days.

There is a bike path and walking area along the shore line as part of the new break water project.

Another phase in the project will include recreational equipment near Wright Park. The next phase is scheduled for 2016.

In other matters, Mayor A.J. Dolce said there will be an announcement Thursday regarding development in the city. He said he will be joined at a press conference by the city’s development team.

Dolce said that the city is still waiting for more information about the Northern Chautauqua County Regional Water System. The mayor said county officials have not provided any new contracts or time lines for the proposed project.

City beaches are closed for the season because of the lack of lifeguards. Dolce said that the lifeguards have gone back to college.

Approval was given for Chautauqua County Cancer Services to have a Color Burst fundraising event at 10 a.m. Sept. 26. They will walk on city sidewalks near the Lake Front Boulevard and Central Avenue area.