Dunkirk: Growing jobs, not the city

Apparently there is reason to believe the city of Dunkirk will be adding more positions. At least that is what city Councilman Don Williams wants.

Noting the troubles the municipality faced in snowplowing this winter — for only three major storms in city regularly belted by lake-effect snows — Williams wants added help in the winter. “I’m not a fan of big government, but I’m a fan of big enough government to get the job done,” he said. “In the streets department we need to be more effective and I will push for (more staff) at budget time. I’m trying to plan ahead and mention it now, so it won’t be a surprise when I bring it up during budget discussions.”

Williams pushing for more jobs in the municipal sector really is no surprise. As a union member, he has been part of an administration that continues to keep a police force that totals 35 officers in patrolling the city. Just breaking down the numbers, that’s one officer for every 342 residents.

Speaking even further, there’s at least 160 employees on the city payroll — or one worker for every 75 residents.

Remember, Williams is not for “big government,” but he is for more city jobs. He thinks there is no difference between the two.

He is very incorrect.