DUNKIRK – City leaders support the idea of being the water supply source for other communities in northern Chautauqua County and Tuesday supported a resolution to help pay for an engineering study to look closely at the idea.
The resolution passed, 4-1, at the regular meeting of the Common Council, held in the city courtrooms. Councilwoman-at-large Stephanie Kayak, who voted against the measure, said she supported the concept but did not believe that the city should pay $975 toward an engineering study. Instead, she feels the communities that stand to benefit should pay Dunkirk’s share.
The Village of Silver Creek on Monday approved paying its share of $975, and a similar resolution will be before two towns – Sheridan and Dunkirk – at their next sessions.
Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce said he met with leaders from the other communities and all are very interested in the idea of purchasing water from the city. The mayor said he felt that the $975 contribution by the city toward engineering was an “extremely low cost in comparison to the potential revenue.”
Dolce said he was looking for a quick turnaround on this project and wanted to proceed with the concept and see if it would be feasible to take the transmission line to Silver Creek, which is about 8 miles away.
The city has been making massive improvements to its water supply and transmission system and has been positioning itself as a potential source of fresh water for the region. Silver Creek currently purchases water from the Erie County Water Authority.
The two townships involved use mixed sources, including some city water, as well as their own reservoirs and wells.
Councilman Michael Michalski praised the mayor for working on the proposal and trying to move it forward.
In other matters, Council members reviewed a notice of claim filed by Amstar of Western New York for the water tower painting project that occurred about a year and a half ago. About $100,000 in payment was withheld from the contractor on a project valued at $153,000. According to Public Works Director Tony Gugino, funds were withheld because of missed deadlines and work that he said was not completed according to specifications.
Councilwoman Stacey Szukala questioned the late receipt of the notice of claim from the company. City Attorney Ronald A. Szot said the matter is currently being negotiated.
A request from the Washington Street Park Action Restoration Committee to allow activities Dec. 14, including horse-drawn rides, was approved contingent on receipt of proper insurance.
The Council’s first January meeting was moved to Jan. 2 because of the holiday.
A Quick Start Grant of $1,000 was accepted from the Arbor Day Grant Program and will allow for planting of trees in the 100 and 200 blocks of Central Avenue.
Kayak questioned 14½ hours of overtime from the Public Works Department for salting and road maintenance in November due to the mild weather.
Gugino said that his crews were notified of some unsafe situations and that he sent them out for preventive care at intersections. Gugino said he is keeping a close watch on overtime and hopes he does not have to assign a lot of work hours this winter.