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Water rates increased, benches vandalized and dissolution study continues

July 13, 2016
Westfield Republican

By David Prenatt

SHERMAN - The Sherman Village Board voted recently to approve the proposed water and sewer rate increases.

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Both the old and new benches and tables at the pavilion in Sherman show signs of vandalism and may not be replaced as a result.

The fees for sewer rent will increase to $7.60 per hundred cubic feet of discharge and the fees for water rent will increase to $4.36 per hundred cubic feet of discharge according to Village Clerk Ann Gilbert.

A public meeting was held prior to the July regular meeting. The rate increase was first proposed a few months ago by water and sewer wastewater plant superintendent Jay Irwin.

In another matter, Gilbert gave the board an update on the dissolution study, noting that Paul Bishop from CGR has sent the final draft of information to Tim Sears who will get it to the committee members. Gilbert said a public hearing should take place in two to three weeks.

Board members also learned that descendants of the first settler of Sherman will participate in this year's Sherman Days parade village trustees learned at their meeting on July 6. Trustee Donna Higginbothom told the board that the historical society has been contacted by some offspring of Dearing Dorman and "they want to ride in the parade."

According to historical record, the first settler of Sherman was Dearing Dorman, with his wife Huldah and son Amosa. In 1823, Dorman built a log house on the town line road, and on November 28, 1823, the first child, Archibald Dorman, was born in the area.

Higginbothom asked if the village was willing to contribute $30 toward the fabrication of a sign that would identify the visitors as Dorman's descendants. Trustees agreed to participate in the purchase of the sign which will cost $120.

In other business, village residents Charles and Howard Raven asked trustees to discuss the signing of a new contract between them and the Village.

According to the Raven brothers the original deed to the property stated that whoever should own the property would get water from the village.

They said they were surprised to learn that the board had decided to add the clause: "for as long as Howard and/or Charles is residing on the premises. "

The Ravens also said that "the word free was the whole trouble" with the agreement. "I've been questioned by many people as to why we're getting free water," said Raven. They suggested that the contract note they are receiving water "in exchange for" providing a right-of-way to the reservoir.

Mayor John Patterson said the village has no problem with writing the agreement without the free water statement. He noted, however, that the parties involved did not come to a final agreement regarding the duration of the contract.

Gilbert reviewed minutes from previous meetings at which the agreement between the Ravens and the Village was discussed. Gilbert and Patterson repeated the trustee's decision that the Ravens would pay both a $30 ready to serve fee and a $5 ready to serve fee each quarter.

Patterson noted that the contract needs to say there will be no charge for water and sewer other than the ready to serve fees in exchange for use of the Ravens' right-of-way. Patterson suggested that the contract state that this agreement continues as long as the Village of Sherman uses the Ravens land as an access to the reservoir.

Patterson also told village trustees that there has been a lot of vandalism in the village in recent weeks. He cited petty thefts, the defacing of property, and the "carving up of the new picnic tables in the pavilion."

The mayor noted that if this activity continues, he feels the picnic tables and benches should not be replaced.



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