Mayor Anthony J. Dolce was not the only elected official to make a statement during the Common Council meeting.
Councilman Michael Michalski, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak, used his report time to talk about the recent meeting of council with Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation officials. Some council members expressed concerns during that meeting about a resolution creating an agency to allow for borrowing for further study and engineering on the proposed north county water district. The CBRDC's board of directors voted to table the resolution during a meeting immediately following its meeting with council and city officials.
Michalski said CBRDC's information was disappointing on a few levels.
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Councilman Michael Michalski chaired Tuesday’s Common Council meeting in the absence of Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak.
"I think council wanted more hard numbers from them regarding the proposed rates and cost of everything, and it was disappointing we didn't have those numbers. But I think from the city's standpoint it was kind of disappointing and we have a fear of maybe the unknown and I think that goes hand-in-hand with that lack of information coming from that group," Michalski stated. "I hope they'll have that forthcoming as well. I feel there is a fear of losing control as well. I heard the term 'leverage' used at the meeting. I didn't think it was appropriate if we're looking to join a regional board.
"I think we're going to have to expect to lose some of that control and that's something that we're going to have to get our hands around if we expect to go forth with that group, we're going to have to give up some of that control."
A resolution giving council approval of a proposed site plan for the Chadwick Bay Marina restaurant-type facility project was covered during the privilege of the floor when marina owner Jeff Gambino responded to questions from Council-woman Stacy Szukala. Council did approve the plan by a 4-0 vote.
Szukala said Kiyak did have some concerns, noting that they, along with Councilman William J. Rivera, were present at a recent Planning Board meeting when the site plan was approved by that board. Szukala asked Gambino to reply to three questions "for the public's sake."
Demolition of the current building was first on the list. Gambino said he has the permit but wanted to make sure the site plan was approved. He told council he would probably start in about three weeks.
"The reason for that delay is simply because we're finishing pulling out the boats. We want to get that tidied up first and then that building will be down, I would say within 30 days," he added.
When construction would start on the new facility was next. With council's approval of the site plan, Gambino said the next step would be to get the plans finalized by the architect and then get those to Building and Zoning Officer Alan Zurawski for approval.
If Zurawski gives his OK, Gambino said the next step is getting abatement on the sales tax for building materials with help from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. Gambino added he has been working with CCIDA's Bill Daly.
"He needs the plans as well for that process so once again my hands were a little bit tied. As soon as I get those I'll give them to Al and him at the same time," Gambino explained. "He said it usually takes about 30 days or 60 days to get that to where I could move ahead without being penalized."
Gambino added starting too much without the tax abatement could result in losing it. Putting in the foundation is a goal to allow working over this winter.
"He's going to see if he can get me an OK to be able to do at least the foundation work, so let's say it comes in in January and I get my final OK from them," Gambino said of the CCIDA, "I can start working over the winter if my foundation is in."
Szukala said there was a last question.
"What is your anticipated completion date so that the public has an idea of when to expect something new on the waterfront?" she asked.
Gambino replied that under a best-case scenario an opening would not occur until spring 2015 at the earliest for the proposed 17,000 square foot building, nearly $1 million project.
"It isn't a case of whether it will be open in 2015, it should be a case of early spring or later in the year," he added about the building that will match the Boardwalk Market. "The idea is to make both buildings look as if they were built at the same time."
Gambino said some 25 to 30 people would be employed.
"Depending on how it goes, I hope we need 50," he added.
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