SILVER CREEK – Communities involved in the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation will look at new projects that increase economic development along the Lake Erie shoreline.
During a meeting of the group Thursday in Silver Creek, members learned that the Lake Erie Waterfront Revitalization Program will accept ideas for projects this year. The program started as the result of interest from area communities. Jay Warren has been representing the revitalization program and said he will reach out to members of planning boards and other development agencies who are interested in projects to benefit the entire region.
The revitalization program includes nine municipalities along Lake Erie in northern Chautauqua County.
It also has received support from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, which also offered the revitalization program office space in Dunkirk, the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Dunkirk.
Warren said the program is seeking applications for a coordinator. Each of the communities involved contributed $2,000 towards the program.
Also, the Chadwick Bay members were asked to review a new bylaws document as prepared by Donald Steger, supervisor of the Town of Pomfret, who proposed that each town have one representative to the agency.
Members approved the bylaws as written. Formal adoption is pending a legal review.
Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo suggested Chadwick Bay should consider a consolidated approach to negotiations with Comcast, the cable company that is taking over for Time Warner Cable.
The group also will consider making a regional approach to local railroad operators regarding crossing safety and maintenance.