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Rebuild or patch?

Sheffield opts for patching village streets

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:54 p.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD — In a night of light discussion, the main item on the agenda of the Sheffield Village Board Monday was a resolution approving $36,000 to repair village streets offered by Mike Richetta, engineer, Chamlin Associates, Peru.

The resolution appropriates money to lay down spray patch where necessary and then put in seal coat on selected roads. Board members discussed outright rebuilding of some streets, but at the cost of $55 per square yard, the board decided the spray patching and seal coating is the most economical approach. In contrast to a complete rebuilding of streets, the cost is $3 per square yard.

In other news:

• Richetta informed the board the Environmental Protection Agency review of the village water plant is almost complete.

• The board noticed that a garden has been planted on village property. Members encouraged identification and notification of the garden planter. Village regulations do not permit use of village land for private use without village approval.

• Board members noted there has not been any visible action taken on dilapidated properties that the village is working on getting condemned.

• A question was raised about spending money on perpetual care. Mayor Bill Rosenow said the village has very meager funds for perpetual care. He informed the board that only interest can be used from the perpetual care fund. The amount in the fund this year is in the $50 range.

• Rosenow said the Ordinances and Resolutions Committee met last month. The committee will provide formal recommendations regarding ordinances and resolutions at the next board meeting.

• A village resident with an improperly stored trailer, truck and tires located on personal property has not been removed following requests by the village to do so. The village’s next step is to take the offending resident to court using a citation.

• Following complaints about ruts on the side of streets due to mail delivery, the village will look into who is responsible for repairing them.

• The board also noted there have been complaints about trailers and mobile homes parked on village streets which are not permitted for safety reasons.

• The village is looking into the cost of a new squad car. An estimated cost is nearly $27,000. The existing village squad car is a 2000 model. The board will look into the cost for possible financing of the car. The village will also look into swapping as much equipment as possible between cars.

• The village drinking water report is now available online. It will also be submitted via the water bill.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16.

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