BROCTON – Members of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development organization are looking for progress on area projects that saw grant funding awarded at the end of 2013.
At the group’s monthly meeting Thursday at the Nickel Plate Depot in Brocton, Executive Director Kathy Tampio announced that she is looking for coordination of the Northern Chautauqua Regional Water District plans. She said that a water agency will be meeting soon to start the preliminary plans for the district.
Talks have already been started with the city of Dunkirk, which would supply water to several communities. The program received $1 million in funding late last year to work on the planning stages of the district.
Tampio said that Chautauqua County Legislators Keith Ahlstrom, D-Dunkirk, Robert Scudder, R-Fredonia, and George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, have been named to serve on the agency. There will be 11 members, with others coming from communities that would be served by the district.
Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo said he hopes the transmission line portion of the grant application can be approved so that Silver Creek can use a water supply from Dunkirk. Silver Creek currently gets water from the Erie County Water Authority. Piccolo said there are several years left in the contract with the Erie County authority but he hoped that an option for lower costs with Dunkirk could be available in several years.
The Lakefront Water Revitalization Program also received funding to start programming. Members of the Chadwick Bay group heard from Jay Warren, who has been coordinating Lakefront’s efforts.
The Lakefront group received $65,000 in funding to start its region-wide programs. The group will promote tourism, waterfront revitalization and maintenance along the Lake Erie Shoreline. Ten communities from Ripley to the town of Hanover have signed on to participate in the regional planning effort.
Warren said Chautauqua County has pledged to help the group with planning stages of the program. Communities that participate in the Lakefront group’s effort may receive preferred treatment in grant funding opportunities for lakefront programs, Warren said. He said letters will be sent to leaders in each community to start the two-year planning phase for funding and project designs.
Warren said he served on County Executive Vince Horrigan’s transition team as he started his new post this year. Warren said he knows that the regional projects are a high priority for the county executive.
Tampio said a letter of support to retain Lake Shore Hospital in Irving was sent to hospital board members and several state representatives on behalf of the Chadwick Bay group. A rally will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Silver Creek to support efforts to save the hospital and health-related services provided at the location.