SHERMAN - The Sherman Town Board voted Thursday night, March 1, to seek estimates for minor renovations to the courtroom and meeting center.
Justices Doug Neal and James VanVolkenburg petitioned the board to use a grant of $8,758 from the state Justice Court Assistance Program, or JCAP, which was awarded to the town recently. The town originally petitioned for a grant of $27,050, but received less because many of the funds available went to several courthouses in the eastern part of the state which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene this past year.
Justice Neal listed several possible renovations which have become necessary, including renovating the ceiling, installing gutters outside of the entrances so that water does not drip down and come under the door, re-doing the floor with tile and baseboard, two air conditioners - one for the courtroom and one for the town office - and purchasing a copy machine for the main office.
Photo by David Prenatt
The Sherman Town Court, pictured above, is hoping to use a grant for some minor renovations including the ceiling, the floor and exposed pipes.
The courtroom currently has pipes hung from the ceiling, wall radiators and a concrete floor. Justice Neal noted the pipes would have to be enclosed in a manner which would not obstruct the windows.
Justice Neal acknowledged the grant would not be sufficient to complete all of these projects, even though they were approved through the grant application. Supervisor Mark Persons agreed. "Prioritize things in the order that you want them done," Persons said.
The board agreed as much work as possible should be done with the grant money and then it will decide whether more funds can be obtained to complete the others.
The board also agreed to seek out estimates from local contractors for the work. Because the grant is under $10,000, it is not required go through formal bidding processes. Also, the work will probably not require building permits since it is largely renovations.
In other business, Persons noted a letter from the Brokenstraw Conservancy Group asking for support from all municipalities whose boundaries include some segment of a watershed conservation plan now before the state. The project just touches on the far southwestern corner of the town limits.
Also, the town received a letter from National Grid Electric stating that it can expect its electric bill to decrease anywhere from 4 to 14 percent.