BROCTON – Members of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. learned Thursday about the completed grant application for a northern Chautauqua County water system project.
At the board’s s regular meeting in the Brocton American Legion Hall, Executive Director Kathy Tampio gave a report on the status of the grant application for the state’s consolidated funding program. She said the application will be ready to be submitted by Monday’s deadline. Chautauqua County is the lead agency for the group.
Tampio said there will be a brief presentation on the issue at the next County Legislature meeting.
The City of Dunkirk gave its approval Monday to participate in the funding application, but the Village of Fredonia rejected the idea of participating during a special meeting Tuesday. Other communities – from Ripley to Silver Creek – have supported the idea.
Daniel Schrantz, chairman of the Chadwick Bay group, said many officials and community residents are in favor of the regional plan, which would result in an economical and safe water supply.
Rick Henry, representing the project consultant Clark, Patterson, Lee, said one of the goals of the grant application is to get reimbursement for some work already done in the City of Dunkirk. The city is in the process of completing improvements to its water treatment facility and transmission systems. This water treatment facility would be the primary provider for a northern Chautauqua regional district.
Members of the Chadwick Bay board said support is important from industry leaders in the area.
In other matters, Don Steger, treasurer of the group, said the executive committee will be deciding on policy matters concerning communities that do not contribute to the Chadwick Bay group.
Payments are outstanding from the Town of Hanover and Village of Fredonia. Dunkirk voted to send its contribution to the group at its most recent meeting.
The agency’s annual budget is about $12,000, which covers administrative fees, some office supplies, insurance for officers and costs of an annual audit. The 2014 budget will be on the agenda for the Sept. 12 meeting in Sheridan.