Development in the city of Dunkirk is apparently for the birds. At least for the pigeons, as pictured in the Dunkirk Local Development Corp.-owned vacant Flickinger building.
In more than 21 months since taking office, this administration of Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce may have made some small strides in regionalism efforts, but it has taken too many steps back in terms of development. Council is not making a difference either as its members try to look as if they have no fault in the lack of progress.
Ultimately, however, council and the mayor are the ones responsible if nothing is being done and the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. has no vision. To hear them tell it, it all comes down to the previous administration.
"Sometimes the past won't go away," Stephanie Kiyak said on a recent "Viewpoint" program on WDOE. The councilwoman-at-large later noted on the radio show that the major goal of the organization right now is to "create a website."
Talk about desperation. For probably 10 percent of the total $200,000 it costs to run the city's development department, you could probably get a website built if that was going to boost building and investing the city of Dunkirk.
Better yet, you could probably get a computer intern from SUNY Fredonia to help build the website and further cut costs.
All this newspaper has asked for in the last three months is a vision and plan for the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. We do not want to know about its troubles, every business and non-profit organization has those. We do, however, want to know what it is going to do to build and boost the city.
If maintaining a website is the best we can expect, then changes need to be made. Or, instead of pigeons, it will be vultures that will be circling the city in the years to come.