Development of regional water district taking place along Route 5

BROCTON – Lots of development is taking place along the lakefront concerning the future of water for northern Chautauqua communities.

Portland Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz was authorized to sign a resolution recently to name Chautauqua County as a lead applicant on a $35 million Western New York Regional Economic Development Council grant for the purpose of establishing a northern Chautauqua County regional water district.

The town supervisor penned his name to the resolution and reported to a packed council meeting made up mostly of lakefront residents in the town that Portland’s Water District 2, along with the West Town of Dunkirk and Pomfret, would like to see a new water main installed, and are hopeful that the Village of Brocton will eventually throw their support in too.

“This would give everyone adequate water, and eventually we wouldn’t need to rely on the water tower at all. We would be looking at a 16-inch main headed this way, and the new tower in Dunkirk would give you the adequate pressure,” Schrantz told the residents.

The supervisor did update the council also on the future of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation’s efforts noting that some municipalities who haven’t signed on financially may be affecting the momentum.

In other matters, the supervisor was authorized by council to sign a general release agreement between the town, John and Carol Boltz and their selected contractor to provide adequate restoration work to their property resulting from disruption during the creation of new Water District 7.

Schrantz and council members were also presented with a petition of at least 89 signatures by Portland resident Ken Becker in protest of the proposed moratorium on shipping containers, semi trailers and truck bodies to be used as storage. The moratorium was proposed by the town’s planning board earlier this month, and Becker contends, “To build a building in order to replace those would increase the residents’ tax levy. Nowadays with the taxation issues taking place I would ask the council to consider tabling this or doing away with it.”

The town supervisor agreed to take the item back to the planning board for further information.

Concerning the planning board, the council accepted with regret the resignation of Pete Pinkoski from the town planning board effective July 8. Anyone interested in filling the important vacancy on the planning board should contact the Town Clerk’s office for more information.

Highway Supervisor Chuck Kelley and Schrantz reported to the council that the Peerless Street Bridge project is still waiting on a green light from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and that the town hopes to have everything in line for next year’s contract bidding season.

Kelley also gave thanks to all of the municipalities and Department of Transportation crews that assisted Portland during the recent flooding of town creeks.

“I’d just like to thank everyone that helped out during that storm, our shared service agreements truly came in handy that day,” Kelley said.

The council will reconvene on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.