SHEFFIELD — Spring is upon us, and children will be able to enjoy the outdoors again. Many of them will want to enjoy the playground in Veterans Park. In order to make the playground even more enjoyable, the Sheffield Village Board met Monday night to address plans to upgrade facilities in the park.
Village Mayor Bill Rosenow informed the board he received word the Sheffield Playground Committee will begin construction of the new facilities the last Saturday of April. The committee is purchasing new equipment for the park. In addition to those plans, the board determined the existing merry-go-round, large swing, large slide and jungle gym will remain. The existing equipment will be refurbished and relocated to make room for the new equipment. One of large swings will be converted to a swing set for toddlers. The wooden structures on the playground will be removed and discarded. The board also discussed options for repaving the existing cobblestone sidewalk with cement.
Additionally, the board discussed the possibility of relocating the park’s derelict water fountain. A suggestion was made to move it to the intersection of Main and Atkinson streets. The thought is to make it fully functional as the centerpiece to a village round-about.
A number of problems associated with the bitterly cold winter were also discussed at the board meeting.
Rosenow said he is interested in having the village buy equipment that can help alleviate frozen water line problems in future winters. He also wants the village to apply lessons learned from the past winter to thwart similar problems in subsequent years. The village also decided it was unwise to work on unfreezing private water lines because of the potential for cutting fiber optic cable and rupturing gas lines. The mayor said those affected by frozen water lines have been offered water from the community, and hoses have been run to bring water to residences where requested.
The village is also aware of several water main breaks and is working to fix them. A water main break on Reed Street and Routes 6/34 is still being worked on. Another on the corner of Reed and Farnham was repaired.
Addressing the board, Phyllis Hayes, owner of Phillies Tavern, requested reimbursement for a bill she incurred to unfreeze her water line. The board said it would pay the bill because the village knows the problem is its side of the water main.
In other business:
• The Sheffield Rescue Unit received a donation in memory of Don Bill. A broken water line in the rescue unit building caused extensive damage. The rescue unit is working with insurers to resolve the issue.
• Village Superintendent Leif Porter has spent the past days inspecting winter damage to village streets. His report will be used to prioritize street repair.
• The Sheffield Library will host a fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. April 6. The Taste of Sheffield Soup Style Supper event will be held at the community center.
• The issue of work hours for Village Policeman Todd Marquez was discussed, and the village should have his finalized schedule by the next meeting.
• The mayor issued a proclamation worded by the Illinois Valley Board of Realtors honoring the 46th anniversary of Fair Housing Law.
The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 7.
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