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Sheffield approves appropriations

Mayor wants residents to fill out USPS survey

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:57 p.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD — Sheffield appropriations of $1.8 million were approved by the village board Monday night.

In contrast to the amount appropriated, the total actually spent in the last fiscal year was $911,000. The new numbers represent the amount of money the village is authorized to spend between May 1, and April 30, 2015, but Village Mayor Bill Rosenow doubts the dollars spent will reach the total approved.

Since the village post office has been earmarked for a change in hours or possible closure, Rosenow encouraged villagers to fill out a survey sent in the mail by the postal service to local residents regarding their views on a possible closure. Rosenow wants the village to do whatever it can to keep the post office open. The U.S. Postal Service currently rents its space on Sheffield’s Main Street. The building is also up for sale and has had no offers.

Rosenow suggested making an offer for the building which could then be used by the USPS. The board met in closed session following the general meeting to discuss village options.

Also at the meeting, Don Bixby of Chamlin and Associates of Peru presented the results of an Environmental Protection Agency audit of the village’s water and sewage systems. The EPA report summary of the audit had several recommendations. The primary recommendations included painting of the village aerator piping, addition of a generator on one of the pumps to maintain water flow in a power grid failure, and the addition of a dedicated pump to draw wastewater through pipes and away from wells. Other recommendations included replacement of older air lines in wells, upgrading of the well lead and lag system to maintain proper water flow, and separate chemical feed pumps for each well.

In other water treatment news, Rosenow said for an unknown reason, Well 6 on the east end of town is pumping too much iron. He added the Mill Street lift station is having problems which the village is looking into.

In other news:

• Recent storms caused a tree to fall on the roof of the old town hall, which resulted in significant damage. The village will call in insurance adjusters to determine the severity of the damage.

• The storms also caused a number of monuments to be disturbed in the village cemetery.

• Ordinance 2014-06-16-02 in reference to amendments and corrections in the ordinance book was passed.

• The board discussed the possibility of forming a list of chronic property ordinance offenders and having it looked over at each meeting.

• Funding for a new $1,100 radar gun for the squad car was approved.

• The village is starting to replace older defective water meters with new ones. The meters will be installed by the village.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 21.

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