DUNKIRK – The Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. will be seeking $10,000 for a lakefront water revitalization initiative under the Chautauqua County Occupancy Tax Program.
Executive Director Kathy Tampio got the go-ahead to seek the funding during the group’s meeting Thursday at Shorewood Country Club.
The Chadwick Bay group has been promoting the Lakefront Water Revitalization Program concept with 12 communities in the county that border Lake Erie or have major tributaries near the lake. Presentations have been made to 10 communities that are considering forming a lakefront revitalization district to help with regional studies.
Jay Warren, a representative of the economic development committee of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, said that the presentations have been well-received in the communities and that he hopes to finish the last of the presentations by the end of May.
The goal is for the 12 communities to join together to promote tourism, natural resources and infrastructure that will support lakefront communities. Grant applications are sent to the state Department of Coastal Resources.
Both Warren and Tampio indicated their support for the lakefront concept as a positive way to share planning costs and seek funding.
Warren reported that he has met with Fredonia State College officials and that he believes the project to build a lakefront biology center in Dunkirk is still viable. He said the center would be used for teaching in the area of natural sciences and also be a tourist attraction with exhibits and information about the Great Lakes region.
The group welcomed Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo as the newest member. Piccolo was approved as a member of the finance committee.
Richard Purol, supervisor of the Town of Dunkirk, was elected vice chairman to replace Kurt Lindstrom, the past mayor of Silver Creek.
Tampio announced that a $15,000 donation was received from Nestle Purina Co. toward the local matching-funds project to promote a regional water system.