The Dunkirk Common Council is set to appoint a new board of members to the Dunkirk Industrial Development Agency at today's meeting.
Under Resolution 56-2012 sponsored by Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez, five members would be appointed to the DIDA effective immediately. First Ward Councilman Michael Michalski and City Clerk Lacy Lawrence will be appointed along with city residents James Oddo, Thomas Murphy and Anthony Popielarz. They will join Development Director Steven Neratko, who will serve as chairman, on the board.
According to 56-2012, state law provides for an industrial agency to have anywhere from three to seven members who "shall be appointed by the governing body of each municipality and who shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority."
The resolution would terminate the terms of existing board members, "with the thanks of the city for their generous volunteer service to the community."
Along with Michalski, Nancy Renckens and former Development director Kory Ahlstrom were serving as DIDA board members.
Three resolutions, 52-, 53- and 54-2012, will give council's authorization for the city to apply for three different grants. A Quick Start Arbor Day Grant under the Urban and Community Forestry Program through the state's Department of Environmental Conservation is covered in 52-2012.
Under 53-2012, the city would apply to the DEC for a grant under the Urban and Community Forestry Program; while under 54-2012, the city would apply for a New York State Main Street Program grant through the state's Office of Community Renewal.
The tax collection agreement between the city and Chautauqua County would be extended to cover the tax years of 2012 and 2013 under Resolution 55-2012. The resolution continues the agreement between the city and county which took effect in 2010.
Two requests for the use of city facilities are on the agenda.
Kelly Services is seeking the use of Washington Park on July 20 for a picnic in the park event that is "intended to generate additional awareness of our services in the Dunkirk area," according to Kelly Services Staffing Supervisor Vanessa Borowiak. The request was pulled from the June 5 agenda to seek more information.
The New York Walleye Association is seeking permission the use of city facilities at the waterfront, some city equipment and a waiver of the boat launch fee during the 19th Annual Amara-Can "Walleye Classic" Fishing Tournament. The event is scheduled July 6, 7 and 8. The city has hosted the previous 18 tournaments, which is expected to bring some 400 competitors and their families, according to Robert W. Zoeller, the president of the association.
Five applications for loudspeaker permits are also set for council consideration.
Council's workshop session is set for 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., both in City Hall.
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