DUNKIRK – City Finance Committee members met Tuesday to review balances and transfers needed to pay for unexpected bills for the first half of the year.
City Budget Director Richard Halas reviewed several budgetary transfers that were needed due to emergency situations. Freezing temperatures and deep ground frost levels were blamed for water and sewer line breaks. Water line breaks alone have cost the city $32,900 so far this year; the cost was $35,222 for all of 2013. The Water Department budget required a transfer of $30,000.
A sewer line break on Central Avenue last week required an additional transfer of $14,010. That cost and other recent breaks haven’t been added to the list provided to the committee members.
The city’s budget for repairs to the heating system also required a large transfer of funds. The committee approved an $8,000 transfer to repair the boiler in City Hall. Cold weather this year also caused heating bills at the Dunkirk Senior Center to go beyond what was budgeted. The committee approved a $6,000 transfer to the account to cover heating bills.