DUNKIRK – Members of the Dunkirk City Council have tabled a resolution to contribute to the Chadwick Bay Regional Association at this time.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, members had questions about the finances of the organization. Councilman Michael Michalski said that while he was in favor of regionalism and sharing services, he questioned where the assessment funds were being used.
Mayor A.J. Dolce said he thought this should be the last time the city should contribute. He said he felt that the joint talks and planning could probably be accomplished without paying a fee to the group. The city is assessed at $6,281 for this year.
The Chadwick Bay group is organizing a campaign for a northern Chautauqua County water district. The plan would be to have Dunkirk as the water supplier for other communities in the region. Talks have been active over the past several months.
The mayor said he believes other communities have also withheld assessment payments for now.
In another matter, Council members reviewed several issues with Public Works Director Tony Gugino. He said his department is behind in its work because of inclement weather and other emergencies that needed to be addressed instead of scheduled projects. One item approved was repair of the bucket truck used for tree trimming. The cost is estimated at $20,000.
Harriett Tower of the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association addressed the Council regarding a request from Brooks Memorial Hospital to place a lighted billboard on Fifth Avenue and Central Avenue. She said that her group opposes the proposed billboard as an eyesore in the neighborhood.
She said she sent a letter to the hospital and also addressed the neighbors’ opposition to employees of the hospital parking on residential streets.
She said she believed they parked there so they could smoke cigarettes in their cars because smoking is prohibited on hospital grounds.
Tower said the cars are taking up parking spaces needed by residents of the neighborhood.