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Sheffield to review trailer ordinances

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:46 p.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD — At Monday night’s village board meeting, Mayor Bill Rosenow said the village of Sheffield needs to look into ways to remove derelict trailer homes from local properties.

Rosenow asked the village ordinance committee to review ordinances that have bearing on the issue. The mayor asked the committee to meet to review ordinances in May. Following the committee report, any changes or additions to existing ordinances will be put forward for review and comment by the village at large.

In an update to concerns about the village’s water usage reading disparities aired last fall, Rosenow said tests conducted by Midwest Meter this month reveal the meters at the water plant are giving accurate water flow readings. Midwest Meter said the loss of water is due to inaccurate house readings and fire hydrants. The village next wants to proceed with replacing home meters which the village knows are inaccurate.

Rick Constantine of East Farnham Street spoke before the village requesting the village help pay for removal of tree on village property that abuts his property. Constantine said he would help pay for half of the cost of the tree removal. A tree removal bid provided by Cut Above was approved by the board to remove the tree. Rosenow added the Andrew Mollen property needs a tree removed, and it will cost around $800.

The memory tree replacement for Barbara Ann Williams Phelps will be a swamp oak that has a life expectancy of 250 years. The tree is $400, and there will be no charge for actual planting. The tree will be placed in the southeast corner of Veterans Park along with the memorial marker. The memory tree is a replacement for the original tree which was damaged by winter weather and has to be taken down.

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