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Sheffield looks at ordinance changes

Board also discusses upgrades to recreational facilities

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:16 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:19 p.m. CST

SHEFFIELD — If approved by the Sheffield Village Board at its next meeting, the village will have a number of adjustments made to its ordinances.

Research by the board’s Ordinance Committee found one of those adjustments will be a revision to the village’s burning ordinance. The committee recommended that most burning be prohibited on Sundays or Mondays. That ordinance change suggestion and nine others dealing with name changes to governmental entities and the like were read at Monday night’s meeting. The board is expected to consider the changes at its next meeting. In related ordinance news, the board passed the annual prevailing wage ordinance.

Discussions about enhancements to the village’s recreational facilities was the other main topic of the evening. Mayor Bill Rosenow informed the board of his conversation with a plumbing contractor about ideas for new restroom facilities at Veteran’s Park. The board also took up the idea of creating a structure that would be amenable to expansion. Rosenow said he also contacted a contractor about putting a concrete platform under the pavilion at Homecoming Park. Currently, the 60-by-90-square-foot space under the platform gets muddy following rains, which makes it unusable. Rosenow believes the price could be in the $15,000 to $17,000 range. The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet to discuss the matter further, at 11 a.m. on July 3.

A motion was passed to buy a new police squad car despite two dissenting votes. The village accepted a state bid of $21,000 for the new police squad car. Accessories will add another $6,000 to the cost. The board approved the purchase because the current squad car is burning oil, unreliable and has more than 200,000 miles of use. The board’s Police Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to discuss details on accessories. The board is expected to look into passing a resolution to sell the old squad car at the next meeting.

In other news, the street crew will work on filling up ruts near post boxes, which was discussed at the last meeting.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 7.

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