DUNKIRK – Mayor A.J. Dolce and the members of the City Council held their first meeting of the year Wednesday in the city courtrooms.
After a ceremony conducted by City Judge Walter Drag, Council members, the city treasurer and city assessor were sworn in to start new terms. All were re-elected in November.
The mayor, who is enthusiastic about projects for 2014, said he plans to meet with members of city’s planning office to start the process of design and bidding for the improvements to the waterfront area at Lakefront Boulevard.
The city recently received $790,000 in funding toward the improvements. The major renovation will be the replacement of the seawall along the boulevard.
Dolce said he is excited about the other amenities that will be added to the area, along with the new seawall.
“We are pleased to be making that area a destination,” said Dolce, who noted the boulevard area will see the continuation of the bike path that was started at Point Gratiot.
“We really hope to start work in the spring,” he added.
Several recreational items were approved in the grant, including a splash pool, new playground equipment and a promenade to the beach area.
Dolce said these items will be a welcome addition to an area that already has sports fields, a restaurant and picnic areas.
In his address, Dolce said he was also looking forward to continued efforts to bring a regional water system to the area. He said that the waterline improvement project on the west end of the city, combined with the work at the treatment plant, will provide a good position for the city to supply water to other areas.
Council members approved a change in the fiscal affairs officer position from half time to full time. Rich Halas will increase his hours in that post.
Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak announced new committee appointments for the next two years.
She named Councilman Michael Michalski as chairman of the Finance Committee. Councilman Andelino Gonzalez will serve as chairman of the Personnel and General Planning committees. Councilwoman Stacy Szukala will take over the Public Works Committee, and Councilman William Rivera will be in charge of the Public Safety Committee.
Kiyak will retain her post as chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee and will remain as a member of the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation.
Routine resolutions establishing the rules of order and the regular meeting schedule of the Council also were approved.
The session was followed by a reception in the conference room of City Hall.