DUNKIRK – Reductions in federal spending under the recent sequester may impact the City of Dunkirk’s plans for building demolition.
At a meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, it was reported that the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding may be impacted by the overall cuts to the federal budget.
The city plans to carry over $20,000 into the new season for demolition but was counting on an additional $30,000 to help with plans to remove blighted houses. City Code Enforcement Officer Al Zurawski said that, depending on the condition of the house, it can cost about $20,000 to remove one building. He said the amount of asbestos in the house is a large factor in the costs for demolition and removal of materials from the site.
Councilwoman Stacy Szukala asked Zurawski to look into the condition of the Community Christmas Building on Talcott and Ruggles streets. She said that there appears to be debris there and that the roof may be in disrepair.
In another matter, Mayor A.J. Dolce said he will give a public State of the City address at 3 p.m. March 15 in Dunkirk High School.
Police Chief David Ortolano and City Public Works Director Tony Gugino praised school officials for their cooperation with new signs, lighting and announcements for vehicle and pedestrian traffic in school zones. Ortolano said his department has noted an improvement in traffic patterns and less congestion around the schools during opening and closing hours.
The city’s Festivals Committee will take over the Fourth of July fireworks display and events. Dolce explained that $15,000 of city funds will be moved to the Dunkirk Local Development Committee to administer the Independence Day events. He said he hopes the remainder of the $30,000 budgeted for July 4 can be raised through vendors and donations.