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Dunkirk City Council urged to regulate landlords

DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk City Council on Tuesday was urged to take steps to regulate landlords.

Michael Civiletto, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee, said the group would like the Council to form a committee to consider a local law regulating rental property. “We are concerned with absentee landlords and those who do not keep their properties up to code,” he said at the Council’s regular meeting in City Hall.

He said the committee also is interested in establishing a historic district in the city. He said a survey is needed to identify the areas that have historic buildings.

According to Civiletto, the citizens committee also would like a coordinated effort among nonprofit groups in the city. He said the members believe that services provided by charitable groups could be better utilized if there was a centralized agency that could describe services and prevent duplication.

In other business, it was announced that the project to build a new breakwater along Lake Front Boulevard has been completed. “It is a project the city can be proud of,” said Councilman Michael Michalski.

Mayor A.J. Dolce said that there was a large turnout for the Rally to Support NRG on Saturday. He said the effort to encourage operators to keep the energy plant open was supported by local, national and state officials as well as petitions signed by area residents.

Dolce said attorneys are continuing to work on the contracts for the sale of water in the Northern Chautauqua County Water District. Councilman-at Large Willie Rosas, who is also mayor-elect, said he has been communicating with County Executive Vincent Horrigan about the need to improve the city’s water plant.

City Attorney Ron Szot said he has been meeting with other attorneys who represent the county and other communities and he received a new contract on Monday. He said the final version may be ready for Council action soon.

The Council’s regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 3 was changed to Nov. 2 due to Election Day.