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On eighth try, Chautauqua County lawmakers support new water district

MAYVILLE – After three failed motions to table a resolution to support a water district for eight communities in northern Chautauqua County, a motion to establish a water agency was approved Wednesday by the Chautauqua County Legislature.

The new agency will help implement a water supply system.

County Attorney Steve Abdella, who is also interim county executive, said the formation of an agency should mark one of the first steps in formation of a district. He said the agency would still allow for changes after more plans are finalized for the district. A resolution to amend the original was also approved.

Legislator Keith Ahlstrom, D-Dunkirk, suggested that the resolution should state that the three legislators who are named to the agency all be from the areas listed in the water district. The original resolution called for any three legislators. Ahlstrom said that it would clearly make sense to have representation from the areas involved in the new water district.

Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe said his community would like to be the backup supplier to the northern district. He said Fredonia has invested in its water treatment facility and would not be in favor of closing its water treatment plant. He said the plant uses gravity to feed its system and this has been helpful to Dunkirk as a backup in the event of a power outage.

Kathy Tampio, executive director for the Chadwick Bay Development Association, said there could be changes. She said there is no final plan and the agency would help finalize one. She said Fredonia’s water treatment plant may be included in a supplier in a future plan.

Legislator Robert Whitney, D-Jamestown, called for a brief recess before the vote was taken and asked fellow Democrats to meet in a caucus.

The Legislature approved Silver Creek’s enhanced policing services with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. The one-year contract calls for 24/7 police services. Deputies from the department have been covering the village since June when the mayor asked for help due to a lack of patrol personnel in Silver Creek. The resolution calls for payments of $94,413 for each quarter in 2014.

Lawmakers approved $300,000 in county industrial development agency bonds in the amount of $300,000 to assist in the development of the former Maplevale Farms facility in Clymer.

A resolution establishing the equalization rates for each community in the county was approved. The majority of the communities have 100 percent rates. Fredonia has the lowest rate at 20.21 percent.

The legislators also approved appointments to the Public Facilities Committee, Fish and Wildlife Management Board, Traffic Safety Board, Disaster Preparedness Commission, County Health Board, County Aging Advisory Board, Youth Board and Conewango Watershed Commission.

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