Mayor Timothy Heavern announced Sunday that Chautauqua County will provide technical assistance to the village for the completion of a feasibility study on flood mitigation and development potential in the Hideaway Bay area.
Heavern said County Executive Mark Thomas has arranged for staff from the departments of Public Facilities and Economic Development to be available as needed to consult with the mayor and Village Board.
The $16,000 study is part of the Chadwick Bay Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. A state Environmental Protection Fund grant was awarded for half the cost; the other half is $8,000 in "in-kind services" provided by the village.
The village also received a $50,000 loan from the county's Economic Development Fund.
URS Greiner Woodward Clyde Group Consultants, Buffalo, is doing the study. A fall completion is expected.
Heavern said key components of the project are: a detailed evaluation of flood mitigation, identification of means to alleviate beach erosion and improve water quality near the mouths of Silver and Walnut creeks, and designs for improvements along the lake and limited concessions.
"The satisfactory completion of the feasibility study will make the village eligible for additional state funding for more detailed engineering work." Heavern said. "Actual projects resulting from the feasibility and engineering grants will be determined based on funding availability and their value to the village as a whole."