SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Village Board started the process of bringing music to citizens’ ears following the endless winter.
With the thoughts of warmer days and pleasant nights enlivened by the sounds of popular music, the village board approved the dates for the Music on Main event. The event is set for July 19. At the request of Music on Main Board member Adam Kunkel, the board also appropriated $3,500 toward event expenses. The funds will be paid for through the Band Fund tax. In order to help out further, the village agreed to provide police security, porta-potties, tables and garbage removal.
In an effort to minimize the impact on Main Street businesses, set up for the event won’t begin until the businesses closes on July 18. The event committee is planning on hosting at least two bands.
Several board members questioned why the event had to be held on Main Street. They wanted to know why it couldn’t be held in the Homecoming Park. Kunkel explained that given the number of anticipated attendees, the event was easier to manage and secure on Main Street. Hosting the event in the park and on grass presents several problems according to Kunkel. There is also the problem of bugs, the number of volunteers to manage such a large area, the lack of adequate lighting, and the absence of a concrete pad to place the stage on.
In response to the board’s request, Kunkel said the Music on Main committee would provide a balance sheet with an itemized listing of expenses, receipts and the disposition of any profits. Typically the committee donates any profits to local charities. Kunkel said his committee expects expenses and turnout to be similar to the previous year’s event.
In other village news:
• Mayor William Rosenow said everything is on track with the playground project. Work is scheduled to begin the last weekend of April. Volunteers are needed to bring the installation of the new playground equipment to a speedy completion.
• The board approved a replacement for the Veteran’s School Park memorial tree of Barbara Ann Williams Phelps. The tree was brought down by the winter weather.
• The village has received numerous complaints about the disposition of a residence occupied by Jimmy Phillhower on South Park and Chestnut. Villagers have complained that the front yard of the house has become a muddied mess and littered with vehicles and trash. The village decided to look into actions necessary to return the property to a healthy condition.
• The board gave approval to begin the legal process necessary to commence the demolition of two unkempt properties in the village. One property is located at the corner of Park and Cook. The other is at east end of Railroad Street.
• The mayor said the village needs a new squad car. Following the latest repairs to the vehicle, the mayor said the 12-year-old vehicle is a 160,000 mile money pit. The estimated cost for a replacement is $25,000.
• Work on cleaning up the local cemetery began and is proceeding as planned.
• The village-wide cleanup day is set for April 30. No electronics will be accepted for removal.
The next board meeting is set for April 21, at 7 p.m.