Hoyt Street made new

Submitted Photo From left, Director of Public Works Randy Woodbury, Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Yanus and Mayor Wilfred Rosas stand at Hoyt Street, which recently went under reconstruction.

Under the direction of Mayor Wilfred Rosas, Development Director Rebecca Yanus, and Director of Public Works Randy Woodbury, city crews with county shared services recently completed the reconstruction of the 300 block of Hoyt Street.

The project adds a new ductile iron water main with three new Class B fire hydrants that can supply up to 1,000 gallons per minute to protect the neighborhood. Prior to this work there were no usable fire-fighting connections on this block. Additional water supply work included replacement of more than 20 house services with new, non-lead material.

The project was federally funded through the city’s Community Development Block Grant from the Office of Housing and Urban Development. Because the future of HUD funds is uncertain, Mayor Rosas and the entire Common Council are vigilantly working with United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and with Congressman Tom Reed, who all have promised support to preserve HUD programs that help rebuild Dunkirk.

“CDBG programs greatly assist the hard-working yet hardship community that is our fine city of Dunkirk, and we must continue to receive that needed help and attention from Washington D.C.,” Rosas said. “In fact, we need everyone’s help and continued positive and progressive attitude to keep rebuilding the city like we did so well on Hoyt Street.”

Mayor Rosas thanked the city crews and county crews for helping leverage the CDBG funds by working together for the most economical yet most durable reconstruction of the formerly dilapidated section of Hoyt Street in the city’s Fourth Ward. Mayor Rosas thanked DPW Director Woodbury for having the city water maintenance and streets crews (work so well together) to complete the waterline and road reconstructions in-house to both save tax dollars and to showcase the excellent workmanship of the city’s experienced and highly skilled labor force.