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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.

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24 January 2020

Dunkirk’s Pickle Ball Court is open for Ice Skating

Mayor Wilfred Rosas is pleased to announce that the City of Dunkirk’s Pickle Ball Court located next to the Wright Park splash pad is now open for ice skating.  “Thanks to our City Firefighters, the pickle ball court has now been filled with water and is ready for everyone, young and old, to lace up their skates and ‘go ice skating’ in what I hope to become a family tradition.”  Mayor Rosas said.

The court will be open daily, weather permitting, and will be lighted in the evenings from 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Mayor Rosas said, “When the pickle ball court was designed it was designed for year round enjoyment, and that included ice skating.  To be able to have our children, young people and families utilize this facility in the winter as well as the summer is just one more reason to be proud of all that we have to offer here on the shores of Lake Erie.”

“I would also like to give special recognition and thanks to Ryan Hall, Recreation Department Coordinator, for the added time and effort that he has put into helping to make ice skating on the pickle ball court possible.” The Mayor stated, “And I invite everyone to come out and skate!”

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20 January 2020

Mayor Rosas proclaims Monday, January 20, 2020 as “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” in the City of Dunkirk

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14 January 2020

Lt. Governor Hochul to present Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address in Dunkirk

Mayor Wilfred Rosas is pleased to invite you to a presentation by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. in the SUNY Incubator at 214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY.

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9 January 2020

Christmas Tree Pickup

Dunkirk residents wishing to dispose of Christmas trees may do so at the Streets Department on Lucas Avenue by placing them on the brush pile.

Residents may leave trees at the curb then call the Streets Department at 366-4411 and leave the address.  Trees will then be picked up when personnel is available.