While Fredonia seems to be ignoring future issues in regard to its water system, there is some good news regarding regional efforts.
Dunkirk and Silver Creek are beginning a study on how the city could head east and supply Route 5 customers and the village with water. Last week, the council approved by a 4-1 vote, helping pay for the initiative.
"I think this is what we should be looking to do," said Michael Michalski, First Ward councilman. "Certainly we want to stay involved in the Chadwick Bay water district, if that's what you want to call it, but we have to move on our own as well," he added. "No one is going to pay our bills for us. We can't wait for someone else to form a water district in the area. We're taking our efforts and trying to make our own ends meet on our own. ... My hats off to the current administration for making this happen and looking into it and reaching out to Silver Creek in the meantime."
We do question the one "no" vote from Stephanie Kiyak. If you are a regionalism proponent, you try to work with a partner, not alienate it.
A "no" vote in this case was not acceptable.