SHERMAN - Sherman village plans to "cover all the bases" regarding the purchase of a new loader for the Street Department.
Village board members conducted a public hearing June 4 and assured those attending that every detail pertaining to the purchase of the appropriate loader and dump truck will be carefully investigated.
"We will cover all the bases. You can count on that," said Mayor John Patterson.
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Sherman Mayor John Patterson continues to grow his hair in anticipation of the “Shave the Mayor” project.
Sherman Street Department director Doug Crane told board members that the present loader is no longer fully functional since the front brakes had to be disconnected. He said that the new loader will be bought on state contract.
Under the state contract, the village has the option to purchase either a Caterpillar, Case, or John Deere loader. Crane said he favors purchasing the Caterpillar even though it is the most expensive because it is the easiest to use and it has the option of a buy-back program. Under the program, Sherman could trade in the loader for a new one each year by only paying $10 for each hour used on the current one.
"They know that when they take this machine back, they will make money on it," Crane said. Crane said he had already received full specifications on all three loaders as well as a new snow-plow truck.
The village will receive a $10,000 grant to help purchase the plow truck and $20,000 for the loader from the USDA. In addition, it is pre-approved for a low-interest loan of up to $100,000. The interest for this loan would not exceed 4.5 percent.
Patterson said before any final decisions were made, the village would consult experts to choose the correct machines for its needs.
In other business, Patterson said discussions with some residents about the debris in their yards were "positive." At least one of the residents said he was repairing several of the items. The village code allows items on a property if they are "salvageable."
"The issue is that the word 'salvageable' is a matter of opinion," Patterson said.
The board also decided that the veteran's monument yard should be kept free of vendors on Sherman Day. Patterson said he had received requests from several vendors wanting to use that space and space on the museum grounds.
"I want to keep it clean. Every veteran has a stake in that monument," Patterson said. "I think it would as disrespectful to do this as to put up a hot dog stand in Arlington National Cemetery,"