DUNKIRK – A resolution to support a grant application for a regional water system was approved Monday by the Dunkirk Common Council.
The action followed a meeting held last Tuesday, when County Executive Gregory Edwards and members of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Group met in a public session to answer questions about the regional water plan.
The motion to support the county’s efforts to look for grant funding got unanimous support from the board, but a second motion to pay a $6,000 stipend to the Chadwick Bay group passed only by a vote of 3-2.
Stephanie Kiyak and Stacey Szukala voted against the funding to Chadwick.
Szukala commented that she wanted to see more progress from the group toward regional projects.
Chautauqua County will act as lead agency for an application due next Monday that will seek funds to help put together a regional water distribution system. The City of Dunkirk’s water filtration plant would be the supplier, according to early plans.
Kiyak said that the draft of the grant application, received in city offices Monday afternoon, notes that plans have not been finalized for the administrative portion of the grant.
Mayor A.J. Dolce said he shares the concerns from Council members about the details of the project. He also added that he wanted to maintain dialogue about a regional water system with neighboring communities.
In another matter, the Council approved seeking grant funding for repairs to the seawall. Director of Planning and Development Steve Neratko will apply to the State Regional Economic Development Council for $750,000 toward the project.
He said that would be between one-quarter and one-third of the total project cost.
Neratko also said the project would include a walking and biking path near the seawall on Lake Front Boulevard.
City Clerk Lacy Lawrence announced that she has named Grace Tarnowski deputy city clerk.