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Potential water district is focus of Fredonia-Dunkirk talks

FREDONIA – Mayor Stephen W. Keefe says he has met with Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce and public works directors from both their communities to talk about the potential for a North County Water District.

Keefe, who told Fredonia trustees about the meeting Monday during the workshop session held in Village Hall, said the session was productive and both municipalities would be able to work together. Dunkirk is expected to be the major supplier of water if a regional district is established. Fredonia would be the secondary source.

Fredonia Village Attorney Samuel Drayo Jr. said he has written to Chautauqua County Executive Vincent W. Horrigan requesting a status report on municipal resolutions that are required for the water district process to proceed. He said he also requested a final version of the water districts’ long-range plan.

During a meeting earlier this month, Horrigan said he would like to ask the Chautauqua County Legislature to consider financing for the project during the lawmakers’ December meeting.

Drayo said he believes that approval from district’s nine municipalities is required before a bonding resolution goes before the Legislature.

Keefe said that he plans continued meetings with Dunkirk and noted that a primary issue that needs to be resolved is a new transmission line between the two communities. Dunkirk uses Lake Erie as its water source, while Fredonia has an inland reservoir.

Together, the two communities can produce nearly 10 million gallons of water a day, which is believed to be enough to support all communities in the north county area and allow for potential growth.

Also at the meeting:

• Trustees approved an environmental assessment, to be sent to the state Department of Transportation, for installation of a decorative clock at Route 20 and Temple Street.

• Officials announced that Village Hall will be closed today.