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Council to begin work post-election

Settling the races

Photo by Jordan W. Patterson Wilfred Rosas, a Democrat, defeated Republican-opponent Shaun Heenan 1,660 to 1,601 votes, respectively, for Dunkirk mayor. Pictured from left are Roberto Rosas, brother; Frank Beach, Dunkirk Democratic Committee member; Wilfred Rosas, Dunkirk Mayor; Ned Divine, Dunkirk Democratic Committee chairman; and Hector Rosas, brother.

The Dunkirk Common Council is set to meet today in regular session at 5:30 p.m., the first meeting since the results of the recent city election have been finalized with incumbent Mayor Wilfred Rosas defeating Third Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan.

Heenan, along with Fourth Ward Councilman Michael Civiletto who lost his re-election bid and Councilman-at-Large Andrew Woloszyn who did not seek another term, head down the home stretch of their two-year terms.

There are three pre-filed resolutions on the agenda, all sponsored by the entire council, along with two notices of claim and two communications from the public.

Resolution 97-2019 concerns the city’s fiscal year 2018 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

According to 97-2019, there were no comments on the CAPER at a public hearing nor were any comments received during the 15-day public comment period. The 2018 program year saw the city utilize $858,115 in funding to “assist our community with home repairs, home purchases, after-school programs, street improvements, and demolition of vacant structures, among other programs.”

Under Resolution 98-2019 the Common Council would authorize the mayor to execute an application on behalf of the city for a grant under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a reimbursement project grant under the Urban and Community Forestry Program. The program will be known as the City of Dunkirk Tree Maintenance Project.

The final pre-filed resolution, 99-2019, would continue the shared services agreement between the city and Town of Dunkirk for certain police services from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020. The town will pay $1,820.64 per month with the city providing not less than 12 hours per week of patrol in the town.

The notices of claim include one from Verizon for damages allegedly done to a cable when the city was doing work on Lucas Avenue on Oct. 22. The other notice of claim is from Nancy Napieralski for injuries that occurred when she allegedly tripped and fell in front of 625 Central Ave. on Oct. 29 at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The first communication is from Danny McGill, a former chairman of the city’s Cable Board, which is covered under Chapter 19 of the City Code. McGill wrote to oppose Resolution 93-2019 which was adopted at council’s last meeting. That resolution granted Spectrum Northeast LLC a 15-year franchise renewal agreement

Stephen Rees, on behalf of Revitalize Dunkirk, is seeking permission to provide a hydration station for the benefit of the participants in the annual Memorial Day parade.

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