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Public meeting on water district Tuesday

July 29, 2013

If you want to know more about what’s going on — and may go on — with the city of Dunkirk’s water system the opportunity will be there at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in City Hall....

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Jul-30-13 9:04 AM

"...haven't met a politician yet that can be trusted." The county reps aren't politicians???

If you were playing poker (and let's face it, politics is one BIG poker game)and you had one chip (like Dunkirk does), 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. Sure a regional water district makes sense, but the terms have to be right. Has the Chadwick Bay group come across with ALL the details? I would hope the council would weigh EVERY option before deciding. Remember urban renewal???? After all, they answer to the people who elected them, the citizens of Dunkirk...not the county.

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Jul-29-13 10:21 PM

Public services are fully funded with our tax dollars, yet are now viewed as "alternative revenue sources" by our elected reps. This water dist, if established, will be no different. Need examples: how 'bout the ambulatory fees charged to residents for services provided by the city's very own DFD? And of course the clever "enhanced patrols" by the CCSD, a service already fully funded by county taxes, but now charges individual communities hundreds of thousands of $$$ per yr to do what they're already paid to do. What's next; snow and/or rubbish removal? The transfer station was built and paid for with our taxes, the workers are county employees, paid for with taxes, yet we have to pay to use the facility!

Whoever believes a water district is going to save taxpayers money is extremely naive. Govt's function has evolved from helping its citizens to exploiting them.

...and who benefits from all this extra money?

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Jul-29-13 7:05 PM

"...haven't met a politician yet that can be trusted."

You got that right, Phil! I believe any proposal will include profits to be shared with water district members (issued to munis and spent at the discretion of their elected reps), otherwise there won't be any deal. I foresee a slight savings to customers in the beginning, but after that, these "commissioners" will be right back at what they do best, raising rates and spending the money to cover unrelated expenses.

Let's face it, BOTH D&F currently provide water to its customers, and BOTH are generating revenues far & above what it costs to supply it. Do you really think either one is interested in losing such large sums of available cash?

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Jul-29-13 1:34 PM

COMMENTOR - Keep in mind that we have an endless supply of water and it is FREE. By adding volume to the system the cost per thousand gallons drops substantally and that's where the savings are. An endless supply of fresh water to the entire north county would be a great asset and useful in attracting new jobs and bsiness. I agree that Dunkirk can't be trusted and that's why I suggested it be run by an independent, non-profit, non union organization. have not met a politician yet that can be trusted.

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Jul-29-13 11:11 AM

Phil you are right no body wants Dunkirk in charge of anything....why???? just look at what shape you're in. Water is a cash cow. Dunkirk is drowning and they think this is a life raft. At least Fredonia isn't biting. As to being cheaper there is no proof of that. Just assumptions. There is much more research to be done.

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Jul-29-13 10:41 AM

If I were the village of Fredonia, I'd look long and hard into the negative financial implications to their General Fund before blindly jumping at reducing water rates. It's entirely possible that taxes could go up more than water goes down. You've got to do the math - all of it.

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Jul-29-13 9:54 AM

A north county water district makes so much sense that it's easy to understand why it has not happened. Anything that makes sense would be hard to sell in Dunkik or Fredonia. The problem is that no one trusts the City of Dunkirk to control supply or costs. The city should be compensated for it's investment in the physical facility but beyond that ownership and operation should be turned over to an independent, non profit, non-union organization with a manager appointed at the discretion of district member representatives. We have a reliable source of water. All we need is reliable management.

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