At the Dunkirk Town Board meeting on Tuesday, a motion was approved to submit an application for preliminary work involving the Roberts Road and New Road water project. The costs for engineering, grant writing and other fees will be $10,000, which will come out of the town's general fund.
The board is optimistic about the possibility of a grant from USDA Rural Development. Plus, if a grant is received, the $10,000 will be reimbursed. If not, the cost would be a townwide expense.
Councilman Juan Pagan said of the expenditure, "It's a necessity for us at this point," considering the county landfill and residents with sulfur water. "We're here to serve the people."
Town Supervisor Richard A. Purol said, "We want to get the ball rolling."
A letter has been sent to the Department of Transportation regarding the need for a stop light or turning lane at the intersection of Route 60 and Williams Street. Locals have spoken out about the high volume of accidents that occur there, at least three this year.
A recommendation from the fire chief regarding parking in fire lanes was made in order to begin the process of imposing a law to allow Dunkirk police to write tickets along Vineyard Drive, particularly at Tops Plaza. A public hearing, along with a workshop and special meeting, will be on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
The board is implementing a computer program to audit court records.
"We had to make some changes right away," Purol said.
"Our filing system was atrocious. We have to know what's going on."
Purol added, "A lot of good things are going to come from it."
A motion was approved to reappoint planning board members Jay Warren for a term of five years and Roger Newell for a term of six years. Planning board supervisor Jon Ortendahl has resigned with regret.
Purol spoke highly of Ortendahl's efforts. "Jon served without any renumeration at all for the work he did. He never collected a check. He always gave it back."
Ortendahl's resignation took effect on Aug. 20.
September's board meeting date has been changed to Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.