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3 April 2020

Small Business Support Resources

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Dunkirk would like to provide our local businesses with as much support as possible. There are many non-profits, small business organizations, chambers, and local, state, and federal agencies working hard to help our small businesses. The City’s Planning and Development Department is ready to help point local businesses in the right direction in order to access funding and loan support during these trying times. 

Mayor Rosas stated, “I want to assure all businesses in the City of Dunkirk that I will do all that I can to assist them through these troubled times and I have directed our Development Department to reach out to our business community to see how we can assist them with meeting the eligibility criteria for different programs at the local, state, and federal level. We are in this together and we will come out of this a stronger community.” 

The link provided includes is a list of local, state, and federal programs specifically identified to support small businesses. The full detailed business support list can be found below. The business support list gives further details on who to contact, how to access the programs, and applications that are available. The City will also be sending out postcards to all residents and businesses in order to further connect businesses to the support they need. Any comments or questions regarding this announcement should be addressed to Director of Planning and Development, Rebecca Wurster, at rwurster@cityofdunkirk.com.

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2 April 2020

City-only recycling facility and non-commercial City yard waste facility open Saturday only

Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced that the City of Dunkirk DPW recycling and City yard waste facility on Lucas Avenue is being improved, and the facility will be re-opened for City-only residents starting this Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recycling material will now be sorted in the indoor bins and all materials must be clean as just a little bit of garbage or cross-mingling will cost taxpayer’s the full amount of landfill fees for that batch.

The facility is camera-monitored and vehicle plates will be recorded and checked to be sure they carry in-City registration. Non-resident dumpling can be prosecuted with significant fines under City Code. The disposal of these materials is a direct cost to City tax payers, so the facility is limited only to those residential tax payers. Vehicles should be cars or SUV’s as no large trucks or trailers will be accepted at this time.

Remember to check your recycling calendars for yard waste pickup right at the street near your house during the summer months and also for the days the City picks up your recyclables right at your curb side.

The Chadwick Bay Group of the several regional communities identified brush disposal as the top priority for that group at the beginning of 2019 and the City hopes that a regional location and solution to this priority will be addressed and put in place soon. If you are not a City resident, please contact your local community for their advice on brush and recycling disposal in your location; the County transfer station also offers a recycling area.

Thank you for your cooperation as the City begins this tighter approach to yard waste disposal and recycling collection. Mayor Rosas asks that everyone please maintain social distancing at these facilities and do all other recommendations to keep yourself and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2 April 2020

City Playground Equipment Closed During Pandemic

Following the lead of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Wilfred Rosas has instructed the closure of all City playground facilities during the safest-method responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City’s beautiful parks remain open for now,  but all must adhere to social distancing and the other recommended procedures to protect each other from spread of the dangerous virus. However, slides and courts and swings, and similar items where children play close, must be closed for an indefinite time.

Mayor Rosas thanks the citizens of Dunkirk and the visitors to Dunkirk for understanding the unique needs for personal and inter-personal safety during the precautions necessary to fight the war against COVID-19. Please follow all precautions prescribed by the County Health Department and by our state and federal experts on this pandemic.

Further precautions may be implemented as Mayor Rosas is daily on a conference call with the governor’s team of health experts. The Mayor wishes you all the best during these very trying times and thanks you for adhering to the safety prescriptions now and for those that may evolve.

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23 March 2020

Resources for businesses effected by COVID-19

City of Dunkirk Small Business Loan ProgramThe City of Dunkirk has a Small Business Loan Program in place to facilitate the expansion and retention of business activity within the City of Dunkirk.  Eligible activities may include:  operating capital, purchase of land or buildings, construction or renovation, up-fit tenant improvements, and/or purchase or equipment or inventory.  
Businesses in danger of closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for loans between $2000 – $25,000.  Visit http://www.dunkirktoday.com/city-offices/economic-development/loan-and-financial-information for information and an application.

CCIDA Emergency Working Capital Loan Program

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on businesses throughout Chautauqua County, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) is providing low-interest loans not to exceed $10,000 to businesses throughout Chautauqua County. This emergency funding, which originates from the Al-Tech Loan Fund, can be used for working capital needs, and the normal application and securitization requirements are being relaxed.  While these emergency loans are to be paid back in their entirety, they will be interest-only for a minimum of three months, and leniency is being exercised in terms of normal collateral requirements.

New York State has now been approved as an Economic Injury Disaster State so our small businesses can now start the SBA Disaster State so our small businesses can now start the SBA Disaster Loan application process. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are for small businesses. A business can apply for up to $2 million and the interest rate will be 3.75% (2.75% for nonprofits that qualify). Loans over $25,000 require collateral. Business will need their most recent Federal Income Tax Return and information on monthly sales. It is recommended that businesses look at the last three years of their Tax Return documents in order to develop a strong estimate on what their losses would be for this year. Loans can take up to 21 days for approval and then several more weeks for the closing documents to go through. Funds can be used for fixed debts, payroll, and other bills. The assumption (this is not confirmed yet) is that the loan payments will start five months after the loan dateThe application can be accessed online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

CHQbuylocal.com 

The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, and the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, together announce the launch of CHQbuylocal.com, a website geared toward promoting local restaurants and retail businesses. The website will initially contain a listing of restaurants that are remaining open for take-out services, as well as links to their websites and/or social media pages. We will also actively be promoting these businesses via various social media platforms. Please help us by patronizing our local restaurants and promoting our local establishments on your social media pages. Shop safe! Shop small! Shop local! 

Resources and Information
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has compiled a comprehensive list of information for businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Chamber has also created a private Facebook group where businesses can discuss issues, seek help from the group, and share concerns and stories. Any local business can join the group here.

The County has also created webpage with additional resources at both ccida.com and CHQpartnership.org/covid19. We will continue to provide links and resources for the business community as we navigate the COVID-19 situation. This information be continually updated during this fluid situation and will direct you to current information as well as resources, such as our CCIDA Emergency Working Capital Loan Program and SBA Loan Programs

SBA Federal Disaster Loan Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal disaster loan program has been approved for all counties in NYS and is available for applications.  Low-interest loans for working capital are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout New York State.

Information on the program, how to apply, and a webinar can be found on ESD’s website located here: https://esd.ny.gov/resource-guide-covid-19-sba-disaster-loans.

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22 March 2020

COVID-19 Update

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18 March 2020

Recycling & Brush Drop-off

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to Chautauqua County’s decision to close the Transfer Station, Mayor Rosas and Public Works Director Woodbury are informing the public that the Lucas Avenue Recycling & Brush drop-off station will be temporarily closed until further notice.  This is to ensure the safety of Residents and City Employees. 

The curbside pick-up of recycling will continue as scheduled per the 2020 Curbside Collection Schedule.

The City of Dunkirk thanks you for your patience and understanding during this time.

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18 March 2020

PSA – All Residents

There are no current confirmed cases of Corona Virus in Dunkirk that I am aware of at this time, but that doesn’t mean there are not individuals who are at risk.  I am encouraging everyone to be vigilant, and to take precautions and follow the guidelines set out by Governor Cuomo and the department of health. 

Basic symptoms of this virus are shortness of breath, persistent cough, and fever.  Unless your symptoms are severe, do not go to the ER or an Urgent Care Facility – call your health care provider.  SELF Quarantine!  Stay Home!

I urge everyone to be aware of the importance of prevention.  Therefore, I have instructed my department heads to take pro-active action in City Hall, and I urge all residents of the city of Dunkirk to do so as well. 

The basic prevention guidelines are:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, coughing with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
  • DO NOT SHAKE HANDS – use the fist pump or elbow pump.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water – lather and wash under running hot water to the tune of “Happy Birthday” generally 20-30 seconds
  • Wipe surfaces regularly with sanitized wipes – alcohol or bleach based
  • Use hand sanitizers liberally – especially when touching doorknobs, stair bannisters, etc.
  • Keep hands away from mouth, nose and eyes as much as possible
  • If you feel sick, feverish, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath or have flu like symptoms – STAY HOME! Call your health care provider!

As more information becomes available I, or a member of my staff, will keep you informed.  In the meantime, please stay tuned to your local radio station, television channel and Dunkirk Access 1301.

For more information, you can call the NYSDOH Hotline at 1(888) 364-3065 or visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov

Thank you,

Mayor Wilfred Rosas

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18 February 2020

CDBG Consolidated Plan Survey

This year is an exciting year for the City of Dunkirk as we prepare to submit our 3-Year Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  CDBG is a federally funded grant program to promote activities that improve our community such as Housing, Public Services, Community Facilities, Economic Development, and Public Improvements and this plan will cover the 2021 – 2023 program years.  

Community input is essential in helping guide our priorities and this survey is an important piece of our planning. We are seeking input from City of Dunkirk residents, business owners, non-profit service providers, real estate professionals, and anyone else that has a vested interest in the development of our community.  

We need your input so please take a moment to complete the survey and return it either by mail, fax, or email to jmeaux@cityofdunkirk.com by March 31, 2020 so your opinion can be heard! 

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31 January 2020

Wright Park getting new playground

The city of Dunkirk is looking to put in a new playground down near Wright Park this year. On Wednesday the city announced at the Economic Development Committee meeting that they received a grant of just under $300,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, which the city is looking to put towards an all inclusive playground that all children can enjoy. 

The city of Dunkirk is looking to put in a new playground down near Wright Park this year. On Wednesday the city announced at the Economic Development Committee meeting that they received a grant of just under $300,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, which the city is looking to put towards an all inclusive playground that all children can enjoy. 

“There hasn’t been a playground down there for quite some time and that’s something that we hear from the community quite a bit,” Deputy Director of Planning and Development E.J. Hayes stated. “The project will be close to $400,000 with a majority of funding being used on an all inclusive playground that is pretty large and designed for all kids to play on, but also be interactive for young people with disabilities.”

Hayes added that it will also be accessible as well to seniors, or people who want to be able to go on the playground and do things with their children or grandchildren. The playground will be located on the open lot on Serval Street, which will better connect the beach and lake front with Wright Park.

Other things included in the grant spending will be connecting Wright Park with the bike and walking paths better, nature play areas along the creek with a potential footbridge going across to connect both sides of Wright Park and improving and upgrading existing bike paths already there.

An upgrade to the bathroom there was also discussed, but Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto would rather see the entire structure wiped out and a new one erected. 

“There’s holes in the roof, it’s caving in on the sides,” Bamonto said. “Upgrading now, you’d almost be spending what it would cost to just build a new one.”

Bamonto also mentioned dugout roofs, “we got kids playing down there now, it’s not just adults using it. Those are the only dugouts in the city that don’t have tops.”

As for the playground, the city will be going to contract shortly and hope to break ground by late spring.

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30 January 2020

Mayor Rosas to deliver State of the City Address on Friday Jan. 31, 2020

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas, pictured, will be presenting his 2020 State of the City address in the Court Room, Second floor of City Hall at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Mayor Rosas will be reviewing completed and projects in process, the current and future projects as well as the status, challenges and opportunities of his administration. With an eye to the future, the mayor will outline his vision and goals for 2020 and beyond. The National Anthem will be performed Friday by Mckayla Pasierb and Jeremy Bohn, cast members from this year’s Dunkirk High School musical presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof.” This event is open to the public and all residents are encouraged to attend.