While several city officials were absent from Tuesday's Common Council meeting, one city resident was on hand to thank some of his fellow residents.
Steve Rees used his privilege of the floor to address council.
"I come here to express my thanks to the residents of this community who in recent weeks spent untold hours in preparation for the fourth annual Dunkirk Garden Walk that occurred this past weekend," Rees began. "The 15 private gardens were made available to any and all who were interested in seeing the results of efforts expended by persons who truly care about their properties, their neighborhoods and the image of the city at large. Although perhaps not true for all gardens, reports of over 120 visitors throughout the day in several locations made the effort worthwhile."
OBSERVER Photo by Gib Snyder
City resident Steve Rees addressed Common Council on Tuesday to thank residents who took part in the recent Dunkirk Garden Walk.
Rees also had thanks for volunteers who "for the past three years have labored to restore the Dunkirk High School Bicentennial Park on Sixth (Street) to a condition that befits a community that cares."
"I wish also to applaud the efforts of the community garden leaseholders who have partnered with the city, the DLDC, and the Chautauqua County Health Network in creating raised-bed vegetable gardens on three sites in the city."
Rees had special praise for one city resident as well.
"Finally, I wish to publicly commend the energy and effort made by Harriet "Skeeter" Tower, who once again was at the heart of organizing this event," he stated. "A bit of her enthusiasm and can-do spirit rubs off on each person that she motivates to participate in community activities, and we are all the better for that."
Councilman Michael Michalski chaired the meeting in the absence of Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak, who was out of the city on a work-related trip, according to Michalski. Councilman William J. Rivera was also a no-show for the meeting, citing last-minute personal issues.
Council's next meeting is Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.
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