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Closing Sherman shop would benefit county

February 27, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Sherman Mayor John Patterson said it's likely the Sherman Department of Public Facilities shop will remain open this summer.

County Executive Greg Edwards said facts are still being gathered, but with interviews taking place for a district supervisor, it looks like Patterson might be right.

Would keeping the shop open under county ownership be in the best interests of Sherman residents? Maybe.

Would it be in the best interests of the county as a whole? Probably not.

During a December meeting at the Sherman Fire Hall, Edwards said closing the shop would save county taxpayers at least $150,000 per year, while maintaining the quality of services that Sherman residents expect. Let's call that a win for the county.

Sherman residents, citing a variety of concerns, fought for the shop.

Business owners said if the shop shut down, they would lose money to competitors in Falconer and Sheridan where the employees would report to work. Other residents are concerned about longer response times. During the summer season, that would be a small price to pay, as would added gasoline costs and additional miles on county vehicles.

Modifying the current shop structure in Sherman probably wouldn't be a popular move in the village. Patterson has to do what his constituents want and fight to keep the shop open year-round.

Edwards, however, needs to do what's best for the county, which is to save it money. Keeping the shop open under county ownership with no shared services agreements would be a mistake. There are public safety reasons for the shop to be open during the winter months, as anyone who travels Interstate-86 during a snowstorm can attest.

There are no similar arguments to keep the shop open in the summer. The County Executive is right - it's time to close the Sherman Department of Public Facilities building during the summer.



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