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SHERIDAN – Members of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Association heard a presentation on solar energy and lighting at their regular meeting Thursday at the Sheridan VFW Post .

Nathan Rizzo of Solar Liberty provided information about solar-powered projects installed in other communities and outlined the usefulness and economies of the program.  

Rizzo offered to complete independent audits for each community and to explore financial options for municipal projects.

In other business, members also talked about their comprehensive plan for the next year. The members will work together to present information to railroad representatives regarding safety at the crossings in their communities and the transportation of flammable liquids on rail lines.  

Jay Warren of the Lakefront Water Revitalization Program encouraged community leaders to submit plans for projects that will promote economic growth and tourism in the region. Municipalities with borders on Lake Erie or which have tributaries in their area are members of the revitalization program. The plan will seek improvement projects that benefit the waterfront area and maintain and protect the integrity of the water and its sources.

Warren said that the group has about 90 percent of the local share of funding towards the Lakefront Water Revitalization Program projects. Each community involved was asked to commit $2,000 toward funding.

He said each community should be prepared to name a representative to the program’s planning committee.

Kathy Tampio, Chadwick Bay’s executive director, reported that a federal grant has not yet been authorized for the group. She said the grant money is “tied up on the federal level.”