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Water district resolutions tabled

July 17, 2013

The fact that the city of Dunkirk and northern Chautauqua County are on the shores of Lake Erie doesn’t necessarily make getting water from the lake to consumers easy....

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joew

Jul-17-13 9:34 PM

Mr Julian is spot on and his kind of thinking belongs in City Hall period! If there ever was truth in the saying "united we stand","divided we fall",this is it.

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225522

Jul-17-13 1:38 PM

Well Dunkirk got some exposure on national T.V. An ad for dog treat "Beggin Bits" (a bacon flavored treat) had the tag line Proudly made in Clinton, IA and Dunkirk, N.Y. Must be a Purina product. Any good news is well . Good News...

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proconserv

Jul-17-13 1:21 PM

PhilJulian hit the nail dead on. Dunkirk's plant is in DIRE need of rehabilitation...but so are most of the other water systems in the north county, therefore, Dunkirk and all of the other communities are in the same boat. Dunkirk and every other community that will be a part of the regional water system should step aside and let a centralized entity run the water system. Other than fixing the pipes in the ground, get out of the water business. From this article, it sure sounds like Dunkirk is in it for themselves...at least some of the council members are.

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rumblefish

Jul-17-13 11:29 AM

this is another example of the disarray city government is in, we find it amusing the way Dolce is throwing a hissy fit because the sheep haven't snapped-to on his agenda, Mr. Mayor isn't it time you grow up

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markindunkirk

Jul-17-13 10:37 AM

If you were playing poker (and let's face it, politics is one BIG poker game)and you had one chip, wouldn't you want to make sure you were making as sure a bet as you could? Once you've given away the water, you can never get it back. I would hope the council would weigh EVERY option before deciding. After all, they answer to the people who elected them, the citizens of Dunkirk...not the county.

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commentor

Jul-17-13 10:18 AM

Exactly right.....Dunkirk SHOULD NOT be in control of everyone's water. They are desperate and looking for a bail out. Dunkirk control would be a disaster. Phil has it right. Good for Fredonia for not participating.

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hadenough

Jul-17-13 9:39 AM

I do not think that it is Dunkirks responsibility to decide what is best for the county. That falls on the county executives in Mayville who seem to have no interest in the betterment of the county. The county like the school system is a series of fiefdoms whose leaders do not want to relinquish power at the expense of the good of the county. Then again the Dunkirk water plant has been in such bad shape for years and having one plant that is not kept up to date and allowed to deteriorate might not be the best option for the county. Now if the county were to take over the operation of the plant perhaps it would work. but until then the city wil spend millions upgrading and the taxpayer that's us footing the bill. Where are the forward thinkers running he city? Oh that's right we have none.

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PhilJulian

Jul-17-13 9:03 AM

"We are the ones with th main water source". There you have it folks - the reason why we keep going backwards. Governments within the county are all fragmented with each viewed as a separate entity. Dunkirk is trying to figure out how to maximize it's interest in water when we shouild be asking what is in the best interest of the entire north county. I'm sure the attitude is "let's soak them for the water so we can hire a few more people and pass out some raises". I would hope the new water district is controlled by a new and separate entity with the city taken compleely out of the picture other than representation. Those who complain about regionalization should take note of the resistance that prevails in situations where we should be viewed as ONE CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT WITH ONE COMMON OBJECTIVE - growth and prosperity for the entire region.

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Taxpayer

Jul-17-13 7:31 AM

Just happened to catch last week’s meeting on cable- It was embarrassing. Certain council members must love to hear themselves talk, complain and accuse others.

Is it no wonder no one attends these meetings? It is not about what is best for the city; it is about having a microphone in front of your mouth. The city is self destructing because of it.

I certainly hope our political leaders are paying attention so they can come up with candidates who work in the best interest of the city instead of those whose only interest is feeding their egos.

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