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North County Water District now official

March 24, 2016
By Jimmy McCarthy ( , Westfield Republican

The North Chautauqua County Water District is officially established.

Chautauqua County legislators approved a resolution in February to form the water district after years of work and collaboration. A referendum period was in effect following the County Legislature's approval of a resolution in December, determining the establishment of the water district was in the public's interest. No petition for referendum was received.

"This effort has set the stage for major economic development in the north county as evidenced by the announced plans of Athenex to build a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical facility in the town of Dunkirk," said County Executive Vince Horrigan.

"I believe Fredonia will eventually become a part of the water district. That will be a huge success."

Legislators also approved resolutions to appoint an administrative board for the district and issue $11,750,000 in bonds for the project. Horrigan said the county will conduct a Request for Proposals for the design and construction phase, after which it will go out for bids. The administrative board will determine the firm for the project in hopes to begin installing pipes in the spring.

Pipes will be installed along routes 5 and 20 where residents in the towns of Sheridan, Dunkirk, Portland and a portion of Pomfret will be serviced along with the village of Brocton and North County Industrial Water District.

"The North County Water District will be a tremendous boost to the economy in the northern part of Chautauqua County," said Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan. "I'd like to offer a special thanks to Horrigan and Kathy Tampio, clerk of the legislature, and all the elected officials involved in this project. I'd also like to thank my fellow legislators for their support for this project over the years."

Those serving on the administrative board are the town supervisors participating in the water district, mayor of Brocton, North County Industrial Water District chairman, Niebel, Tampio and John "Jay" Warren.

In other news, the legislature authorized the use of funds to defend a lawsuit brought forth by the town of Ellery that challenges the environmental review of the landfill expansion in Ellery. The town filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Chautauqua County to invalidate the permitting and the State Environmental Quality Review. The case will likely be heard in April.

In 2010, the county filed an application to the DEC in an effort to add new cells to the landfill. Construction of new cells would extend the life of the landfill by 20 years.



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