SHERMAN - Sherman Mayor John Patterson told the village council Thursday, March 6 that he feels they should pass on a proposal to build a new shared service building on Route 430.
Patterson reported on a joint meeting he attended with Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos, and representatives from Chautauqua County and the town of Sherman. At the meeting, Spanos reviewed a study regarding the shared services building and offered three options - rebuild the existing building, build a new structure at the current town/village location and build a new structure across the street from the existing building.
The county, town and village would each be responsible for one-third of the cost, estimated to be $82,000 - $150,000. "This is not economically feasible for the village," Patterson said, noting that the village already has a relatively new highway building as well as anticipated expenses for equipment, sewer upgrades and water lines.
In other business, the council approved Local Law 1-2014, allowing a tax levy of more than 2% if necessary. Sherman has never used this option but, "it's good to have in place if we need it," Patterson said.
The public hearing for the 2014-15 budget was set for Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.
The "Shave the Mayor" campaign has exceeded $1800 in donations, Patterson reported. All donations submitted from now on will go to benefit Roswell Cancer Center, as the minimum donation to Sherman Day has been met.
Patterson showed the board sample T-shirts made by Triple E to help advertise the event. "I would like to get into the school to offer the shirts to the students and hopefully get the student body involved in selling them," he said. The shirts are expected to profit $3.50 each, all of which will go to Roswell.
Patterson also shared a letter from Sherman Central School superintendent Kaine Kelly asking for a village representative to a rally protesting funding cuts to education through the state Gap Elimination Adjustment program on March 10 in Ellicottville. Council member Isaac Grotto said he would attend.