The grant for $1 million couldn't have come at a better time to Chautauqua County.
Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. Chairman Dan Schrantz said the news of the grant was very good. "It is great news, and I would like to thank everyone in the organization and the results with what can happen values the CBO," he said during Chadwick Bay's meeting.
The grant was announced Wednesday as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's third round of economic development funding through regional councils in which more than $715 million in projects was released.
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From Left: Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. Executive Director Kathy Tampio and Chairman Dan Schrantz are reviewing the minutes before the meeting.
The money has been earmarked to modernize water infrastructure to help industral businesses increase efficiency.
Also, the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program will receive $65,000. This will be handled by the county's Department of Planning and Economic Development.
During the meeting Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. Executive Director Kathy Tampio said she had the grant extended 120 days so they could get all their projects done since the process has taken them so long.
"We have received a letter of commitment from the City of Dunkirk including them in the local funding," she said.
Northern Chautauqua County Local Economic Development Committee member John Jay Warren said the board needs to think about what town projects it's doing.
"Each representative needs to start thinking about all the town projects and to start prioritizing them," he said. "I know Westfield spoke about wanting a rest area with a parking lot for the Westfield trails and that is approved."
The plans for lakefront development involves everything from erosion issues caused by flooding to trails for parks.
Board member representing the town of Sheridan Glenn Reed said he is pleased about the funding.
"I moved to Sheridan six years ago and I am glad something is going to be done about the water," he said.
The board praised Chautauqua County Executive-Elect Vince Horrigan for his part in this project.
"He wants this to be a win for every community and sees this as a positive thing," Tampio said. "It is a new start and a trust between communities that are dedicated to the project."
There will be a meeting in January to discuss more plans on the water development and how to proceed with the funding.