City to transfer paper street for development deal

In the final part of deal for waterfront development, the Dunkirk Common Council will vote today on two resolutions to effectively transfer a paper street to Pier LLC.

Last week a deal, which was brokered by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, was struck between the city of Dunkirk, Dunkirk Local Development Corporation, the Department of Environmental Conservation the Bertges Family trust and Pier LLC. The sale to local developer and marina operator Charles Pringle divests the city of around half a million dollars in liability.

Now, one of the final pieces in that deal is taken care of in Resolution 80 of 2017, which relinquishes the city’s claim and revises the title of the property, is also a part of that deal.

Ownership of another paper street at 468 Lake Shore Drive East will also be transferred if Resolution 81 is approved, as part of a separate development for apartments, condos and houses at Battery Point.

Council will also vote to appoint Randy Woodbury as department of public works director in Resolution 78. Woodbury currently serves the city as its engineer. The resolution states Woodbury would be paid $55,000 with no additional benefits, if approved.

Council will vote on these resolutions as well as Resolution 75 for a lease agreement on a copier in the department of public works, Resolution 76 authorizing budget line modifications, Resolution 77 authorizing transfers to close certain capital projects and related budget line modifications, Resolution 79 authorizing project and construction documents for the Howard Avenue Culvert Replacement and Resolution 82 authorizing contracts for technology equipment upgrades and a service agreement with DFT Communications.

Council also received communications from Maria Rios for deteriorating asphalt around a manhole cover near 325 Lynx Street as well as a notice of claim from Rios for an alleged fall at said manhole, a request from SUNY Fredonia for permission for a beach cleanup at Point Gratiot on Oct. 7, a notice of petition for judicial intervention from Dunkirk Acquisitions LLC, and a loud speaker application from Charles Taber on behalf of the benefit for Shayn Grisanti on Oct. 7 at the First Ward Falcon Club.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. following a workshop at 5 p.m., both in city hall.