A new operator will be in charge of the marina which was part of the rebirth of the city waterfront over 25 years ago.
JSG Marina Holdings, LLC has reached an agreement with the Chadwick Bay Marina operator and the leasehold mortgage holder to buy, or accept in transfer, their rights to JSG.
Jeffery Gambino, principal of JSG Marina Holdings, LLC, will be operating two marinas in the city harbor if Resolution 54-2011 receives council approval. JSG purchased the former Stefan's Marina in April and has that facility's dock in operation.
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The Chadwick Bay Marina is set to change hands, according to a resolution before the Common Council for consideration on Tuesday.
The leasehold mortgage is held by Huntington National Bank, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan Marine Services, LP is the current operator of the facility, and both have agreed to sell or transfer their rights to JSG Marina Holdings, LLC; or an entity formed with the same principal ownership, according to 54-2011.
The marina facility sits east of the city pier and has some 300 slips, fueling capabilites and the capability to lift larger craft out of the water for winter storage, which is available onsite.
The marina operation was begun after studies showed it was feasible. On July 16, 1985, the city entered into an agreement authorizing Metal Craft Company, Inc. to develop, construct and operate a full-service marina on the harborfront.
Under the contract, the right to lease the marina was assigned to Chadwick Bay Marina, LLP. The city later consented to the lease being taken over by Donald F. Ryan and Richard W. Ryan, and then to Ryan Marine Services.
Under the original contract, the city must consent to the assignment of lease rights. However, according to the resolution, the city may not unreasonably withhold its consent. The terms set out in the original lease and all amendments will be maintained, according to 54-2011.
The most recent change to the marina footprint came when the Boardwalk Market was constructed after part of the marina was released back to the city.
A resolution approving salaries for Dunkirk Housing Authority employees is on a council agenda for the second time.
The DHA approved the salary schedule March 3, after negotiating with the employees new union, the United Steelworkers of America 2693. Resolution 55-2011 will put that schedule in play. Under state housing law, the governing body of the municipality where the authority is located is required to approve the remuneration, even though the funding does not come from the city.
A resolution was on council's April 19 agenda, but was pulled after Mayor Richard Frey pointed out in workshop the city was in the process of negotiating with its four unions. Since then, the city has reached and approved a settlement with the firefighters union and is continuing meetings with police and non-uniformed personnel unions. Both of those contracts expire at the end of this year. The management employees contract is also under negotiation, having expired Dec. 31, 2010.
The Chautauqua County Planning Board will have a little less busy work to do if 56-2011 passes.
Under the resolution, the city would no longer have to refer several types of zoning matters that it is required to do under County General Municipal Law 239-m. Included in the review exemptions are: special use permit reviews, rear and side building setback, fences, decks, minimum building size, minimum building lot size, size and height of garages, number of storage sheds and subdivision of lots.
The city is required to enter into a legal agreement with the county to formalize the exemption agreement.
There are three communications from the public.
The proposed Vineyard Drive Tim Hortons is seeking approval to tap into the water and sewer lines serving the site per the agreement between the city and the town of Dunkirk. Robert W. Bender, the project planner, submitted the letter and advised council the required information is on its way to the Department of Public Works.
Council will be asked to approve a loudspeaker permit for a meet and greet for a political candidate. Harriet Tower submitted the request on behalf of the Friends of Stephanie Kiyak for the event to be held in Stearns Court on Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.. Kiyak is the Democratic candidate for councilman-at-large and is opposing Republican Kevin Muldowney, the current Second Ward councilman.
A notice of claim for $804.10 in damages to a car that was filed by Washington Avenue resident Mary Barbknecht rounds out the agenda. Barbknecht stated her car was damaged by a limb that fell Aug. 23 from a tree located between the sidewalk and street in front of 827 Washington Ave.
Council's workshop is set for 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.; both in City Hall.
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