SHERMAN - The Sherman Village Board of Trustees decided Wednesday, May 1 to give residents a little extra time to pay their water bills because of illness suffered by the town clerk.
Board members voted to extend the due date for water bill from Wednesday, May 22 until Sunday, June 2. The action took place after financial manager Ann Gilbert fell ill, and village officials became concerned residents might have tried to pay their bills, but could not. Bills paid by June 2 will not incur any penalties.
In other business, the board discussed a bid to re-insulate the shared highway services building. The building had been insulated a few years ago, but the work had been done improperly and the insulation had been put in wet, Village of Sherman Mayor John Patterson said. During the winter, the building experiences several problems, including ice chunks hanging from the roof.
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Members of the Sherman Chamber of Commerce are seeking funds to better illuminate the storefronts along Route 430.
The cost to re-insulate the building the village and town share is estimated at $51,650. The village would be responsible for one-third of this, and the town would pay the rest.
"Something will have to be done to alleviate ice buildup," Patterson said. "There's a lot of questions to be answered before we do anything."
The town and village boards will meet soon to discuss the issue.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce told the council they are seeking grant money to install 14 awning lights to better illuminate the storefronts on Route 430. Patterson said he believes the project will succeed.
"It's a way of dressing up our downtown area and help keep people in town longer," he said.
The board agreed to authorize Hill Engineering of North East, Pa., to continue a study on the feasibility of extending sewer lines to Findley Lake.
"At some point, Findley Lake and Sherman councils have to present this to the taxpayers for a referendum, but we are nowhere near that yet," Patterson said.