DUNKIRK – Members of the city’s Economic Development Committee heard a presentation from Sam Tavernese of Pro Quip, which has recently located at 855 Main St. and will provide solar energy and LED lighting consulting and engineering.
Tavernese said that Pro Quip is already established in Canada, and he decided to make Dunkirk one of his U.S. office locations. The firm recently did a project at Jamestown Community College and has another lighting project in Wellsville, he said. The U.S. locations enable the firm to take advantage of energy tax credits available to businesses that assemble or build here, he added.
LED lighting involves the use of light emitting diodes instead of electric wiring.
Dunkirk Public Works Director Tony Gugino suggested that solar lighting may be a good addition to the new bicycle and walking path that is being completed in the city. Gugino said that some of the areas along the path may not be connected to power supplies for traditional lighting and that a solar powered fixture may help illuminate the path.
The firm said it has hired a business development consultant for the Dunkirk area and it will look to expand into manufacturing or assembly soon.
Dunkirk Councilwoman Stephanie Kayak, chairwoman of the committee meeting, said the group will be interested to hear about Pro Quip’s progress.
In other matters, the committee members heard from Steve Neratko, director of development, on his recent meeting with tenants of the boardwalk area. He said the tenants are looking for ways to improve customer traffic to the boardwalk in seasons other than summer. He said they have thought of having a holiday event and want to consider selling Christmas trees.
Councilman Andy Gonzeles asked Neratko to develop new procedures for money handling at Dunkirk’s festivals on the pier. He said he volunteered to help at an event this summer and witnessed cash handling that was not accountable. “It was ridiculous the way money was handled,” he said.
He recommended that a cash register be used and that a policy be developed for accounting for cash taken in at city-run booths during the festivals.
Neratko reported that the work ordered by the State Department of Environmental Conservation on the parking lot at the city’s marina has been completed. He said the company that excavated the fuel tank and replaced the soil will file a report with the DEC and then the city will be notified of any further responsibility in the cleanup.
A site plan review is expected to be presented to the Dunkirk Planning Board at 6 p.m. today in the Stearns Building.