The Dunkirk Common Council will face four pre-filed resolutions Tuesday in its first meeting of the new season, including one that will set the hours for an annual fall tradition.
Halloween house-to-house trick-or-treat hours on Sunday, Oct. 31 will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the city under 65-2010, sponsored by Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala.
The first of two pre-filed communications from the public also addresses the Halloween hours as city resident Don Horton wrote to request the designed hours be changed from last year's 2 to 6 p.m. on a Saturday.
"Of the 14 municipalities posting Trick or Treat hours in last year's OBSERVER, nine had hours until 8 p.m. and five had hours until 7 p.m. Nobody started as early as Dunkirk , with only one starting at 3 p.m. and only one at 4 p.m.," Horton wrote. "All the rest started at 5 or 6 p.m., recognizing that Halloween is designed for Trick-or-Treating in the evening hours and not in the afternoon."
Horton went on to point out the family-activity positives of the event, along with noting the Buffalo Bills play that day from 1 to 4 p.m.
"Halloween is a holiday that kids, parents and homeowners look forward to each year. Please help to enhance this experience and set this year's hours to allow them to have the fun associated with later hours. You will not regret it," Horton concluded.
A contract with TVGA Consultants for development and design work for the city's proposed bike path will be updated to cover additional services not covered in the original agreement signed in March 2004. Resolution 66-2010 will authorize Mayor Richard Frey to execute an agreement amendment for "additional design revisions, bidding services, and services during construction, in the amount of $5,800 plus expenses estimated not to exceed $200 associated with the Dunkirk Waterfront Recreational Trail, Phase 1 project."
According to the resolution sponsored by Szukala, the funding will come a Department of Development budget account for contracted services.
First Ward Councilman Mike Michalski is the sponsor of 67-2010 which proclaims November as Veterans' Remembrance Month in the city.
The resolution resolves that the council "expresses appreciation, on behalf of the city, to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and to those who continue to serve."
In a resolution sponsored by the entire council, the mayor would be authorized to execute a lease between the city and Chautauqua County for the use of the Dunkirk Firemen's Training Grounds on Brigham Road for the next 40 years under 68-2010.
The purpose of the resolution that would run from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2050 is "to assure the continuation of high quality training activities available to all of the volunteer and professional firefighter entities throughout the county.
A notice of claim for unspecified damages has been filed by a Falconer woman for an incident that allegedly occurred on Aug. 1 at Point Gratiot. According to the claim from Kathy Putnam, she tripped and fell on cement with a 2- or 3-inch incline in a pavilion and suffered severe bleeding from the loss of four teeth and broke her glasses as well.
A Falconer woman has filed a second notice of claim for damages she suffered from a fall Aug. 1 at a a Point Gratiot pavilion. Kathy Putnam claims the city was at fault for conditions she alleges caused her to trip and fall over an uneven area of concrete.
This second claim also notifies the city that Putnam is being represented by the Jamestown law firm of Burgett & Robbins LLP.
Council's workshop is set for 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.
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