DUNKIRK – City Council members learned Tuesday that Atwater Capital, LLC is interested in developing a warehouse in the industrial park area. They authorized a grant to support the development.
According to City Planning Director Steve Neratko, the city received $2.4 million in Restore New York Funds in 2009. At that time, a different business was interested in developing a warehouse on Roberts Road in the industrial park. Neratko said the business plans fell through but the city still has an opportunity to allow a new developer to take advantage of the funds.
He said Atwater is interested in investing about $10 million in their project.
In other action, Council members tentatively approved the proposed budget for 2014 with some modifications. Final approval on the budget will be in December. Detailed copies of the budget are available for review in the City Clerk’s Office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
The total proposed budget is $22,074,347. General fund appropriations are $15,347,760. The water treatment budget is $3,094,544 and the wastewater treatment budget is $3,632,043.
The proposed budget calls for a tax rate of $17.30 per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate is the same as the 2013 rate.
City Council members also heard complaints from several Townsend Street residents who said that sewage backs up into their basements during times of heavy rain. City Public Works Director Tony Gugino said he will have crews clean out sewer lines in that area and look for problems in the system.
There will be a meeting at 6 p.m. today for business owners interested in participating in the Main Street Grant program for revitalizing store fronts. The target area for businesses is in the 100 and 200 blocks of Central Avenue. The meeting will be held in the SUNY Fredonia Incubator in the 200 block of Central Avenue.