Portland seeks candidate for waterfront revitalization initiative advisory committee

BROCTON – The town of Portland is currently seeking an individual to fulfill the role of a town representative for a Waterfront Advisory Committee as part of the Northern Chautauqua County Local Waterfront Revitalization Program initiative (LWRP).

At Wednesday’s Portland Town Council meeting, Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz read from an update sent to Portland from Mark Geise, LWRP project manager and Jay Warren, LWRP project advisor.

With Portland having submitted its financial pledge to the initiative, a Waterfront Advisory Committee will now take shape pursuant to funding guidelines and members will act as liaisons in meetings and discussions throughout the progress of the project.

In discussing who may be interested in serving, Town Attorney Charles Loveland suggested, “Should it be a lake shore resident? We’ve got plenty of residents in Greencrest, and those areas along the lake shore that know about the setup and what problems exist there. Maybe we look to that area of the town for interested candidates to serve.”

According to the communication from Geise and Warren, a representative for the Advisory Committee can expect a 12- to 18-month commitment and to attend an average of six to 12 meetings, as well as reviewing documents and other materials for content and accuracy related to the project.

The town does have a deadline to fill the role of the committee member, and will need to provide that person’s name to the project’s steering committee on or before Aug. 1.

Interested candidates should contact the Portland Town Clerk’s office for more information.