BROCTON – The Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. heard a presentation on the prospects for a regional water distribution system when it met Thursday in the Nickel Plate Restaurant.
The City of Dunkirk is developing plans to extend its distribution to surrounding communities.
Kathy Tampio, Chadwick Bay’s executive director, said all the neighboring communities are very interested in looking at the options of getting water through Dunkirk. Silver Creek currently purchases water from the Erie County Water Authority. Other communities are producing their own supplies with reservoirs and wells.
Tampio said that leaders of the communities are eager to see progress. She said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards told her he would make it one of his priorities before he leaves office.
Tampio told community leaders to expect that a meeting with Edwards in the near future to help determine the administrative issues of a regional system.
“We are not sure if it would be a county water district or some other entity,” she said.
The Chadwick Bay group received confirmation of an additional $5,000 in funding through the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation toward the seed money needed for the regional water system program.
Tampio said several other grant requests have been submitted to help with the start-up of a regional water program including a local government efficiency grant through the state Department of State.
The group heard a presentation on combining water systems by a representative of Clark Patterson Lee, an engineering firm.
In other business, Tampio has been collecting Time Warner Cable contracts from various communities in the Northern Chautauqua County area. She said she discussed the possibility of negotiating the contracts as a consortium with the state Public Service Commission and was told it is an acceptable method of renegotiating contracts.
Tampio said that each individual community would still be responsible for signing a contract with the cable television provider but that a larger group may have more bargaining power.
It was agreed that several communities have issues with railroad crossing maintenance and bridge repairs. Tampio said the City of Dunkirk will be asked to host a meeting with representatives from CSX and Norfolk Southern to bring attention to the regional issues involving railroads.