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DUNKIRK – Mayor A.J. Dolce told the City Council Tuesday night that the city expects it will soon receive grant funds for improvements to Lakefront Boulevard and the seawall project.

He said he expects to be able to seek bids for the project as soon as the formal documents are received.

“We are anxious to start this and anticipate that we could have it done in six months,” Dolce said.

In addition to replacing the seawall, the new project calls for recreational equipment at the lakefront area and a new promenade and entrance to the beach at Wright Park.

A spray pool and playground renovations, as well as bathroom remodeling, are in the design for the project.

A leak at the city’s wastewater treatment plant will be repaired Wednesday, according to the mayor. He said that there have been numerous water line leaks throughout the city since the last Council meeting. He called the leak at the wastewater plant, “significant.” The mayor said staff from other departments have been called to help the three members of the water department repair leaks around the city.

Councilwoman-at-large Stephanie Kiyak reported that she attended the recent meeting of the County Water District. “I want to assure payers in the City of Dunkirk that they will have no adverse effect if the city participates in the district,” she said.

The agency representing the district had its first meeting last Thursday in Dunkirk. It will oversee a future project that could have the city supplying water to several municipalities in the northern Chautauqua County area. The proposed district has been awarded preliminary grant funding of $1 million to facilitate planning a system.

Council members received a notice from Chautauqua County for damages that allegedly occurred on Dec. 31 at the transfer station. The claim asks for $1,255 to repair a booth at the station, which according to a county employee, was damaged when a city garbage truck struck another vehicle.

The matter was referred to the city attorney for review.

Council members gave their approval for the annual Chautauqua County Exceptional Seniors Softball Game to be held on June 10 at Promenschenkle Stadium.

Permission also was granted for school teams to practice at the stadium from March until May 30.

A resolution authorizing the county to collect past due taxes for the city was approved. The three-year term will be for property tax bills through 2016. The agreement authorizes the county to repay the city for unpaid taxes and seek foreclosure on any properties where the taxes remain in arrears.

Dolce announced that he will deliver his annual “State of the City” address at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the large group meeting room at Dunkirk High School rather than at City Hall as is the usual practice.