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SILVER CREEK – Members of the Chadwick Bay Development Corp. are preparing to turn over the planning of the northern Chautauqua County regional water plan to a new agency.

At the regular meeting Thursday, held at Tom’s Restaurant, members were told that the new Northern Chautauqua County Water District Agency will hold its first meeting on April 10 in Silver Creek.

The agency, which has held an organizational session and elected officers, was formed to take over the planning of a regional water system.

The Chadwick Bay group has been working on the initial phases of the water system for the past several years. Interest from communities in the northern end of Chautauqua County prompted county officials to help with the formation of the new agency.

Chadwick Bay Executive Director Kathy Tampio said the city of Dunkirk will act as lead agency for the initial grant funding received to help plan the project. Chautauqua County will take over financial responsibilities if the process continues and long-term financing is needed.

Tampio encouraged communities to bring other regional ideas to the table. The members are encouraging a cooperative meeting with representatives of the local railroads. Tampio said she will try to facilitate meetings to discuss railroad crossing safety and maintenance of railroad properties.

Pomfret Supervisor Donald Steger asked members to review the bylaws and consider changes. The group includes supervisors, mayors and other community leaders from the northern Chautauqua County area.