Pomfret code officer serving as temporary city inspector

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy Warren Kelly is pictured back left sitting with city officials during Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Mayor Willie Rosas says Kelly's serving temporarily in the building and zoning office.

A village trustee and town code enforcement officer is serving temporarily within Dunkirk city’s Building and Zoning Office amid the ongoing matter involving Allan Zurawski.

Warren Kelly was in attendance for Common Council’s workshop session and meeting Tuesday inside City Hall. Kelly has been a trustee with the village of Silver Creek since 2013 and the town of Pomfret’s code enforcement officer since 2006.

Mayor Willie Rosas confirmed following the meeting that Kelly is indeed performing duties temporarily within the building inspector’s department. Kelly is working in the city two days a week.

“He’s been helpful so far,” Rosas said.

While the mayor declined comment regarding details into the matter, sources familiar with the situation say Zurawski was terminated. Kelly will likely stay in the position until the dispute involving Zurawski is resolved.

Some council members questioned during the workshop session whether a resolution was needed for approval for Kelly to serve. City Attorney Richard Morrisroe acknowledged that it doesn’t require approval as Kelly’s performing duties on a temporary basis.

In other matters, the mayor announced that improvements along Central Avenue in the city will commence Monday, Sept. 10. Intersection work will begin at Central Avenue and Millard Fillmore Drive and continue at the intersections of Lucas Avenue, Sixth and Fourth streets.

Intersection work will take three to five days per intersection. Mill and overlay will follow intersection work.

“We ask that people please be patient with construction on Central Avenue,” Rosas said. “All the residents, businesses and schools will be notified of the construction schedule this week.”

The mayor said he’s excited to begin implementation of the project and feel a new and improved Central Avenue, which will benefit residents, the downtown area and the waterfront.

Council members worked through a light agenda Tuesday as they approved three change orders for the city Water Treatment Plant improvement project. Randy Woodbury, city DPW director, said it’ll allow for the contractor onsite to take down the old water tank. The new water tank is up and painted with the city seal.

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