FREDONIA – The Chadwick Bay Regional Development Association has received a $360,000 state grant toward the planning of a regional water project.

Executive Director Kathy Tampio said Thursday the City of Dunkirk, was named in the grant as lead agency, and that the funding will help with planning a Northern Chautauqua County Area regional water distribution system. The preliminary planning has the city as the supplier of water to several surrounding communities.

The overall regional plan is estimated to cost about $30 million. Additional funding through Chautauqua County was also announced for $35,800.

The group submitted a Consolidated Funding Application to New York State. Tampio said she learned that the project was rated 20 out of 20 points and was ranked second among all Western New York applications.

The grant funding through the consolidated program is expected to be announced in December, she said.

Members of various communities in the northern county area attended the meeting. Dunkirk officials are making major updates to the city’s water system.

Tampio said the Chadwick Bay group will pursue a regional meeting with representatives of the railroads, as several communities have expressed concerns about closed railroad crossings in connection with the regional water service plan.