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‘Good time’ to seek grant money in Sherman

December 12, 2013
By David Prenatt - Correspondent , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

This is a "good time" to seek grant money in order to upgrade the sewer system, members of Sherman villagcouncil were told Wednesday.

Sherman water plant manager Jay Irwin informed the council that he had spoken with USDA representative Tom Becker, who told him that there were grant funds available. However, Sherman would need an engineering study before the grants could be applied for

Irwin said he believed that the work done recently by Hill Engineering of North East, PA, would suffice for the engineering requirements. The village employed Hill recently in an attempt to seek a combined sewer upgrade with Findley Lake.

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Sherman Mayor John Patterson continues to grow his hair for the “Shave the Mayor” fundraiser.

Irwin told the council that the village needs new head works, including an above-ground pump station and grit removal. He noted that the sewer plant's pumps often get plugged up because of heavy material, such as toys, flushable wipes and underwear, that come through the drains. These materials get wrapped around the impellers and cause the pumps to stop working.

Sherman Mayor John Patterson instructed Irwin to set up some optional dates that members of the council can meet with Becker about applying for funding.

In a related matter, Irwin told the council that backflow valves are required in all commercial properties to prevent contamination from flowing back into the water system. Every backflow should be certified each year, he said.

"The risk is low of there ever being a backflow," Irwin said. "But we should have a record of who has them and we should make businesses aware that it is required," Irwin said.

In other business, Patterson told the board that the "Shave The Mayor" project has already raised more than $800. Patterson will grow his hair throughout the year. Tickets will be sold for a chance to help shave the mayor's head during the Sherman Day and to the Sherman Day committee.

"We have set a goal of raising $2,500," Patterson said. "I think we are going to fly by that."

Donations can be made by contacting the Village of Sherman at 761-6781, by fax at 716 761-6206 or by e-mail at



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