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New facility coming to Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — The village of Sheffield will soon have a new mental, physical and spiritual services provider.

Cornerstone Community Wellness, Inc. recently purchased the building at 302 N. Mason St. and will provide services from that location. The building will house space for support groups, mental health workshops, child and adult mentorship, life skills classes, health education, childcare and a fitness center. The opening date for the new center is set for Jan. 1, 2015.

Cornerstone Community Wellness informed Sheffield of the building purchase via a letter to village Mayor Bill Rosenow, who announced the new facility at Monday’s village board meeting. In the letter, the business requested the building being rezoned from a manufacturing to a Business 1 property.

In other village news:

• Rainbow Kids United will host a summer together at the Hennepin Canal Visitor Center on Aug. 13. The group will depart from Sheffield United Church of Christ at 3:30 p.m. and return around 5:30 p.m. The event will include a scavenger hunt, sidewalk art, watermelon spitting contest, food and Bible story skits and songs around a campfire. Those interested may contact Pastor Jane at 815-454-2290 to help out or ask about details.

• The village paid around $21,000 for tree removal due to the storm in July. The first installment of property taxes for the year was received which helped offset the expense of the tree clean up.

• The bids for the tarring and chipping of streets will be opened next Monday at 2 p.m. in the village community center.

• Village Attorney Dan Tracy will be publishing notices for the demolition of abandoned and dilapidated properties in the village.

• The new squad car’s accessories have been installed. Rosenow said Sheffield Police Chief Todd Marquez will now be able to put in more hours.

• Following up on complaints received at the last board meeting, 12 properties have been cited for weeds. Village enforcement will follow up with letters.

• The village voted to sell the old squad car and old truck. Bids will be opened the Sept. 3.

• The results of the diagnosis of the unusual iron readings found recently at Well 6 have been received by Superintendent Leif Porter. The conclusion is that nothing is out of order. The only change found in the water is the magnesium level. The magnesium level affects the hardness of the water. The iron in the water problem could have been caused by a simple shaking of the ground by a lightning jolt, according to Porter.

• The village’s 20-year-old pipe locator is unreliable and nearing failure. A replacement will cost around $3,000. The current equipment’s casing is not electrically isolated and consequently yields faulty readings. The board approved purchase of a new locator.

• A board member said some residents have suggested adding new bathrooms on to the existing park pavilion. The mayor is leaning toward all new construction of the new bathrooms along the design of that found in nearby Francis Park. The village board decided to explore ideas and then to draw up plans at the next meeting.

• The Sheffield Fire Department will be taking over the blowing of the siren for emergencies. The existing switch will be transferred from the village maintenance building to the fire station.

• The village attorney and village fire trustee attorneys are working on an inter-governmental agreement to allow Sheffield’s fire department and rescue units to work together.

• The village has been informed it will have to purchase a canvas cover for the dump truck per state regulations. The board approved purchase of the cover. Porter said he will look into pricing.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 18.

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