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DUNKIRK – Engineering services for the second phase of the consent order involving renovation of the water treatment plant were approved Tuesday at the regular meeting of the City Council.

The services of Hill Engineering of North East, Pa., are estimated to cost $960,000.

The items to be included in this phase are renovation of seven filters at the plant, telemeters and a control system for the Willowbrook storage facility, valve and pipe replacements, and replacement of sludge removal systems.

The cost of the project, including construction and materials, is estimated at $4.4 million. The city has been working on issues related to a compliance order from 2009 from the Chautauqua County Department of Health.

The improvements are also designed to give the city more capacity to supply water to other communities.

Work is expected to begin this summer.

Summer projects were on the agenda for Council review, including approving the lease of a field owned by the city school district to be used for baseball and soccer.

School Board members approved the $1 field lease at their meeting last week.

Mayor A.J. Dolce said he expects some improvements will be made to the field, but it will be used for city recreational sports in a cooperative venture with the school district.

Among the summer festival requests approved was a request for a car cruise on Father’s Day weekend, sponsored by the Historical Society, and a request for the annual Juneteenth Festival on June 8 and 9 at the Dunkirk fairgrounds.