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Common Council has DPW?discussion

July 4, 2013

The Department of Public Works was a topic of discussion during this week’s Dunkirk Common Council meeting....

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Jul-05-13 7:45 AM

we are happy others see Tony for what he is and is not, but that will not solve the mess the daily city operations is in, IF WE HAD A CITY MANAGER and not a politician running things. maybe it would be different. it hard to fire a relative in city government, isn't that right Mr.Mayor

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Jul-05-13 7:21 AM


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Jul-04-13 6:02 PM

Why not have the local utility co's do the tree trimming s they do here in our area? Electric and phone companies contract these jobs out to trim tree that hang out over their power lines. When does the city have a duty to cut down a residents tree, are they not responsible for that? Dunkirk politics have never changed and we've been gone, not long enough!!!

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Jul-04-13 5:28 PM

Trade in the "Frey dirt digger" for a tree trimmer!

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Jul-04-13 10:40 AM

Imagine that,an employee of the City that doesn't have the proper credentials for the position!No wonder we have such serious problems.

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Jul-04-13 9:12 AM

With all due respect to Mr. Gugino, Where was the personnel shortage when the a department laborer was assigned to the Memorial Park project that took two years to complete at a cost exceeding $170,000, includng $43,000 in overtime, done withiout council approval and wihout competitive bidding?The very last thing we should be doing is adding someone to the payroll. Show me the numbers on the volume of trees that need removal and trimming and show me a bid from the private sector. Just as the Memorial Park project could have been done for half te price it's a good bet that tree operations can be done for a fraction of the cost of a public employee. I say put it out for bid along with trash pickup operations and give us an honest comparison. When I studied economics I learned that government should be the employer of last resort and that is especially true not that government workers cost more than private sector workers. Show me the numbers!!!!!!!

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Jul-04-13 8:47 AM

Good questions asked. Not so sure about any good answers!

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Jul-04-13 8:30 AM

Does it not seem odd that "Teflon" Tony can do no wrong in this administration or the previous? Normal day to day work such as mentioned cold patching of holes in the street and tree trimming are not being done. Now he wants to take $20,000 from the fuel account to pay for the fixing of the tree trimming truck. Now we all know that mr. Gugino had no prior training or a degree as required by the city code to be hired as superintendent. Yet he was hired by Frey and kept on by Dolce as Superintendent. Why? The council needs to look into this as it is affecting the appearance and the work priorities of the streets dept. Which in turn affects the taxpayer. Could there be a connection between Frey, Dolce and Gugino? Time for council to look into this.

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