Dunkirk approves wastewater plant work

The Dunkirk Common Council got its resolutions in order and votes on five separate items to move forward with projects at the wastewater treatment plant.

DPW Director Randy Woodbury introduced Wendel Project Engineer Brian Sibiga to explain the necessity of the $4 million project.

“There is some older equipment at the plant that’s 70 years old. There are two 20-inch pipes that go into the plant. Basically sewage goes in and is pumped up to the plant. On the weekend of Jan. 13 and 14 the first pipe failed and then the second one failed. We’re going to replace them with one larger-sized line. Part of this emergency project is there are some very old valves that haven’t worked in 40 years and don’t work now. Those will be replaced with some additional modifications made,” he explained.

First Ward Councilman Don Williams Jr. double checked that if this work is done, the city won’t have to raise rates. Sibiga was cautious in explaining the improvements will increase the plant’s capacity to bring in more revenue, but there is no guarantee of additional revenue.

Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan asked about the lifespan of the blowers. Sibiga said usually 40 years, but these are more efficient than the previous technology the city had and will save money.

Council unanimously approved the rearranged resolutions: 31 for the State Environmental Quality Review impact declaration, 32 for the emergency declaration for the work, 33 to amend the original bond resolution, 34 to authorize STC Construction to inspect the storm pump and 35 to contract with Wendel for project management of the emergency work.

Also approved was Resolution 28 for a water and sewer service for Athenex.

A resolution to change the city code to require two signatures on checks was tabled for a public hearing to be held at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday before the next council meeting.

It was noted a pothole reported at Lincoln and Courtney by Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto was repaired before the meeting. No action was taken on a request to hold a child passenger safety seat check event due to concerns with the requested location as well as a lack of a date and time.

Council will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a workshop and 5:30 p.m. for the meeting, both in city hall.