DUNKIRK – The Dunkirk Local Development Corp. Wednesday approved a partnership agreement with the Chautauqua County Health Network for a new program, “Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play.”
The agreement, which calls for the health network to pledge $15,000 toward programming in the city, was presented to members at a regular meeting at City Hall.
Some of the areas of focus for the partnership will be promotion of the path along the lakefront for bicycles and walkers, establishing a community garden program and a farmers market and assisting in the formation of an Active Transportation Committee to advise the city on future plans for road and street improvements.
Steve Neratko, director of the city’s planning and development office, announced that the community garden raised beds will be delivered on Friday morning.
The new sites include the Dunkirk Senior Center property and the senior housing site on Lake Front Boulevard. There also will be community gardens in a lot on Grant Street.
Applications for using the bed are accepted in the planning office. There will be a $10 rental fee to use the bed for the season.
The beds include framework and soil.
The committee is continuing its search for a site for the farmer’s market. Members said the site should be easily accessible for local residents, especially senior citizens.
Members approved a payment of $126,346 as a reimbursement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is a partial repayment of HUD funds that were previously loaned to a city business and determined ineligible by a federal audit. The reimbursement, which also will involve city funds, was approved by the Common Council on Tuesday.