SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Village Board reported Monday the village tax levy yielded $133,600 in operating income for the year ending Dec. 1. The total represents the largest share of the village’s operating income. The village’s tax levy is also at the maximum allowable by law.
In other news, a water/sewer abatement ordinance was approved. The abatement on property taxes stems from a 1996 EPA loan for a water/sewer project. The village draws enough income from its sewer/water payments to pay for the loan of $380,000 from EPA. The final payment is due in 2022. Without approval of the abatement ordnance, village property owners would see an average annual increase in property taxes of $300 for 2012. Payoff of the loan is currently funded through a $12 bi-monthly charge village on water bills.
The village treasurer also reported Sheffield made its first monthly payment of $6,891 on a loan for a new water/sewer project completed in April 2012. The village will make monthly payments on the $147,000 loan for six years.
The board expressed thanks to the village building and grounds team for replacing the lights on the community sign on the east side of town. The board also said the village needs to replace the yield sign by Veterans Park that has graffiti on it.
The village approved a $250 donation to help fund the Danish Church Christmas Program. The program is scheduled for Dec. 15. Proceeds from the event will go to the Sheffield Historical Society.
Village employee John Gosch has resigned his position with the village. He will not be replaced at this time.
The new town pick-up truck will be delivered in February.
Chester Fritz of the American Legion is looking for ideas for a Veterans Memorial possibly planned for the Veterans Park. Fritz may be reached at 815-454-9051. American Legion Adjutant Gen. Bill Rosenow is available for suggestions at 815-878-2732.
Village-wide events planned for December include:
• A live nativity enacted at the Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
• Santa is scheduled to arrive at the Sheffield Pride Park next to the grocery store at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. Santa will be in the Community Center if the weather is inclement.
The village’s non-denominational Christmas Service will be held at the historic St. Peter’s Danish Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. Dec. 15.
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