The Chadwick Bay communities are moving forward thanks to the County sponsorship of a grant application that will be finalized and submitted by August 12th. The application will include funding to fully implement a regional water system in northern Chautauqua County. Supporting resolutions from 9 municipalities will be included in the grant application as well as letters of support from local, county, state and federal officials, local businesses and organizations including SUNY Fredonia. The 9 supporting municipalities are the Villages of Brocton, Silver Creek and Forestville, the City of Dunkirk and the Towns of Portland, Dunkirk, Pomfret, Sheridan and Hanover.
Even though the Village of Fredonia has declined to particpate in this effort at this time, they have stated in a resolution "...that the Village Board has no objection to a study to explore the feasibility and options for a reliable water system in the northern Chautauqua County area. The Village Board desires to participate in any study to determine what is best for Fredonia and the region."
Chadwick Bay Executive Director Kathy Tampio reminds us that "it is important to remember that this plan to create a regional water system is a living document and with the active participation of each community, it will continue to develop and address the needs and concerns of each and every participating community in order to attain our mutual goal - the production and distribution of a plentiful, reliable and quality water product in an efficient way that results in savings that we can pass along to our customers and enable economic growth in the region."