DUNKIRK – Rebuilding the city’s seawall along Lake Front Boulevard got the backing of four out of five Common Council members at Tuesday’s meeting. Councilwoman Stephanie Kayak voted against starting the project. She said the seawall is in need of repairs, but she believes the city faces many other pressing financial matters and that the repairs should wait a year or two. “I can’t see burdening the taxpayers at this time,” she said.
The motion to start the engineering process to rebuild the seawall was approved by the four other members of the Council and got support from Public Works Director Tony Gugino, who said that if work is not started on the process by December, the city will put $250,000 in grant money in jeopardy.
The resolution approved Tuesday will allow an engineering study to begin at the seawall.
In other business, Councilwoman Stacy Szukala resigned from the Festivals Committee, saying her work on the committee did not fit into her schedule at this time.
The Council authorized the Code Enforcement Office to inspect properties at 79 W. Doughty and 128 Lincoln streets for possible demolition. Both houses were the scene of recent house fires and have not been repaired.
A resolution authorizing the state Department of Environmental Conservation to check into spill issues at 8 Lake Shore Drive was approved. The DEC will look into any soil contamination at the city-owned property near the harbor.
Kayak reported that 64 volunteers helped to clean the city beach last weekend. She thanked students and staff from Fredonia State College who participated in the cleanup.
Mayor A.J. Dolce said he has been meeting with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding issues with past spending of Community Development Block Grant money.
The city received an unfavorable audit of its use of HUD money and is involved in taking corrective action.
Dolce said negotiations about accounting and reporting are still going on and asked for patience from city officials and residents until the issue is resolved.