City improvements

Moving forward with intersection funding on council agenda

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino A woman walks her dog across Lake Shore Drive Monday. The Dunkirk Common Council will act on a resolution pertaining to improvement to the intersection at Lake Shore Drive and Central Avenue at tonight’s meeting.

In the interest of moving forward a $50,000 project, the Dunkirk Common Council will vote today to put forward the month for reimbursement.

Last month, Mayor Willie Rosas announced the award from the New York State Department of Transportation. Now, council will vote on Resolution 36 of 2018 to authorize implementation and funding in the first instance of the New York State Multi-Modal Program for the intersection of Route 5 (Lake Shore Drive) and Central Avenue.

According to the NYSDOT’s website, the Multi-Modal Program reimburses five projects agreed upon by the governor and the legislature in the area of highway improvements. The resolution states the city will advance the non-local and local share for the project, creating a line item in the budget of $50,000 and adding more if the cost exceeds that amount.

The work will include making the intersection more pedestrian friendly, more attractive and tying into the city’s $2.5 million Smart Growth funding projects at the pier and along Central Avenue.

Council will also have the opportunity to vote on Resolution 37 of 2018, which would effectively rescind Resolution 81 or 2017 for a quit claim transfer of a paper street to developers of the Battery Point Villas.

After drainage complaints from Otter Street residents during public hearings and the determination of the need to access the land to improve that infrastructure, rescinding the action was discussed.

Council will also receive notices of claim from Charles Pfalzgraf for alleged damages from a pothole and Janice Penharlow for alleged damages from a city sewer backup. Notices of commencement of action will also be received from Nilza M. Arroyo and Jonathan Soto Vega.

Communications include requests from La’Shonda Moreland for a bounce house and ponies for a birthday party at Point Gratiot on July 28, from Dunkirk Senior High School Class of 1989 for the fourth annual Marauder Trotter Lakefront 5K Run/Walk on June 30, a waterline connection from Myra Alvarado on 10765 Temple Road in the town of Dunkirk and from Harvest Chapel for a block party in Washington Park on July 13.

Loudspeaker permit applications were submitted by Harvest Chapel for the block party on July 13, Bart’s Cove for live bands from April 1 to Nov. 30, from Moreland for the birthday party on July 28 and from the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association for the Matthew Hazelton 5K Memorial Lakefront 5K Run on June 3.

Council will hold a workshop at 5 p.m., followed by a public hearing at 5:20 p.m. and the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.