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Council eyeing loud-speaker permit, paralegal position

Juan Rivera

A pair of resolutions involving a city position and a loud-speaker permit could create some noise Monday evening in Dunkirk. Common Council members are scheduled to meet on Monday due to the annual National Night Out event, which takes place on the first Tuesday in August in Washington Park.

In unfinished business, council will consider rescinding a loud-speaker permit for the Unique Car Club. At the meeting on July 20, the motion was tabled.

That car club was responsible for a controversial June 26 show at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds that council members noted they had more numerous complaints due to the large music. It impacted the Dunkirk High School graduation and a wedding at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Central Avenue.

Unique Car Club leader Juan Rivera and other supporters addressed the council last month — and after city officials emphasized they have no problem with car clubs having fun, just when they get loud — Councilman-at-Large Paul VanDenVouver proposed to put off a decision on rescinding an Aug. 14 permit for Rivera to have loudspeakers at a Point Gratiot event.

Another resolution aims to rescind a 2020 action surrounding a paralegal position. In the prefiled motion, it is noted that “concerns have been raised about the creation … and its status as a management confidential position.”

Last year, controversy surrounded this same position due to council giving the position a $7,500 pay increase, which totaled 19%, and making the post a union position. Mayor Wilfred Rosas vetoed those attempts, but was overridden by council.

Monday’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

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