SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Village Board, meeting Feb. 12, heard resident Brent Lyons address the board in regard to building a shed/garage on a vacant Reed Street property.
He said he plans to appear before the County Zoning Board for three variances. The board asked that he also present a sketch of the property, setbacks and the proposed building for the next meeting.
Mary Ann Cernovich and Connie Hahne, representing Sheffield Pride, invited the board to collaborate with Pride and all other Sheffield organizations at a dinner meeting to discuss how the organizations can best work together to benefit each group and the community.
The main focus will be communication between each organization and how to organize and distribute the information. Trustees Cernovich and Lanxon will represent the board.
Pride requested the use of village property for a tractor pull on July 7 and Harvest Fest on Sept. 22. Pride would also like to sponsor a “free admission” summer concert series the last Friday of every month, May through August, in the Homecoming Park.
Hahne reported the pickle ball net would be put back up in April.
Village President Steve Endress welcomed Jaimie Whipple, who was sworn in as Sheffield police chief by Village Clerk Adrienne Ries.
The board reviewed reports by Ries and Public Works Superintendent Pickard and Police Chief Whipple. Ries updated the board on the new billing system. Pickard stated a leak has been fixed. Also, a new plan for snow removal has been implemented.
A residence with extremely high water usage questioned options for verifying usage. Per the board’s suggestion, Pickard will test the meter for accuracy and replace.
Local towing company policy for towing vehicles for code violation was discussed. Chief Whipple will find out what the village needs to do to set up an account so if and when towing begins, all will run smoothly. Whipple recommended hiring several more officers to fulfill the hours for police protection.
Village President Endress updated the board on the status of the TIF district. The engineer is finishing up the borders of the TIF district and adding the soon-to-be-annexed properties to the map. All details are on track to be completed on schedule.
The weather siren was discussed. Superintendent Pickard will be named ESDA coordinator, and Trustee Lanxon expressed the fire department’s willingness to help if needed.
Ries updated the board on the IEPA application submitted in January with the help of Chamlin and Associates. Included in the application is a request for water meter replacement and installation as well as water tower recoating.
The board approved minutes, payment of bills and payroll, and an expenditure for Chamlin and Associates for engineering to prepare for the IEPA loan application.
After executive session, the board voted to hire K. Gene Karzin and Dalton Kuffel as officers in the police department at $18 per hour in a part-time capacity to cover shifts for police protection.