Summer festival season is in full swing for the city of Dunkirk. The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation (DLDC) Board members received a report about festivals and events from Dunkirk employee, Timothy Gornikiewicz at their recent meeting. Gornikiewicz has responsibility for overseeing festivals and events.
His report contained information about expenses and income as well as projections of these for the rest of the season.
"Overall we are a little ahead this year. In previous years, we've taken some city money, not a lot, a couple of thousand dollars of city money, to pay for some of the things. ... This year income will be up a little bit, not a lot, but it will be up," said Gornikiewicz. No city money will be used for the festivals and the festivals will most likely produce some income that can be used for them.
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At the last DLDC meeting, Nicole Waite, part time clerical employee, reported that she is working to update the website for the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation and presented a list of the items that are completed and those that are left to complete.
He explained that this year the pattern of spending has shifted a bit. More money is being spent to promote the Beach Bash which will take place on Aug. 4 at Wright Park Beach.
"We had never advertised in Buffalo for it before," he said.
Gornikiewicz also answered a question about how cash at the festivals is handled posed by DLDC board member James Muscato.
"Roughly every hour, I collect all the large bills and bring it to a safe for storage. Overall, this procedure has worked fairly well," Gornikiewicz said.
Another item on the agenda was the training for board members. Public Authority Law requires state-approved training of directors regarding their legal, fiduciary, financial and ethical responsibilities as board members of an authority.
The Authorities Budget Office is providing webinars that fulfill this requirement, although the number of places in each session is limited to 15. Information about registration was provided to the board members in written form so that they could register. A telephone, a quiet space, and a computer with internet access is necessary.
Mayor Anthony J. Dolce advised, "They'll call on you randomly to make sure you're still there."
In another matter, Nicole Waite, clerical employee, reported on her efforts to update the DLDC website, providing a listing of the items that must be posted on the website and the current status of each item.
The listing of the board of directors, by-laws, code of ethics, procurement policy, property acquisition and disposition policy, the list of real property owned by the authority, and investment were reported as complete. Other items were reported as needing posting, needing to create, and waiting on the audit by Johnson Mackowiak.
This website that Waite is updating is accessed through the City of Dunkirk website www.dunkirktoday.com and found by searching for the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation.
A search for Dunkirk Local Development Corporation on google leads to the old website which has outdated information.
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