New Sheridan courthouse officially up and running

SHERIDAN – As of mid-June, Sheridan Town Court operations have officially transferred to the newly renovated courthouse at the municipal complex on Route 20.

The announcement was made during a recent town board meeting, which saw the parking lot outside the community center packed with vehicles of those attending court night on the same day. Town board members seemed excited the transfer from the old Sheridan Town Hall has finally wrapped up and the space was being utilized once again.

“I think we’re all just happy that the project is finally complete, after all these years,” Supervisor Louis Delmonte said. “It turned out according to our expectations and the contractor did a great job. We’re just happy it’s done and over with, and we can move on.”

Some town officials previously justified the move as ensuring the former St. John Bosco church would not turn into a derelict structure, as well as acting on a need for additional parking and office space and handicap accessibility for the court. The old church campus was bought from the Diocese of Buffalo in 2009 for $160,000.

One lingering project still needing attention is a 42-by-64-inch sign to cover the courthouse’s cross-shaped window.

Vacanti’s Extreme Signs of Fredonia was approved to create and install the sign for $550. The business was the lowest of three bids.

The court held 336 Vehicle and Traffic Law cases and collected nearly $40,000 in fees during May.

Also during the meeting, Town Clerk Julie Szumigala announced Sheridan’s 2015 charge for workers’ compensation will be $59,812, an increase of $5,608 over the current year.

“Our original notice said it was going to be $68,000, but the final number came back quite a bit lower, which was nice, comparatively speaking,” she said.

The Silver Creek Senior Citizens group was permitted to seek grant money through an application by the county to make repairs and capital improvements at the senior center on Route 5 in the town of Sheridan. The $200,000 renovations include replacing the roof, windows and interior floor; making restrooms handicap-accessible; and repairing the parking lot. The town is not expending money on this project and is merely expressing support in the search for grant money.

Results of the application should be announced sometime toward the end of the year.

The board renewed its annual agreement with the Sheridan Memorial Field Association to lease the field for the summer recreation program for $2,750. The program started this past Monday and runs through Aug. 8.

County Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, attended the meeting to inform the board he received calls about a lack of signage for Harrington Road.

“Apparently we’re missing a sign at the corner with Route 5, and on the south part of Harrington Road, there is a sign, but it just says ‘Harrington Road’ and not ‘Werle Road’ too,” he said. “If the town buys the signage, it’s my understanding the county would put it up.”

Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Feinen reported his department caught five illegal dumpers dumping garbage on Airport, Cook and Center roads since Memorial Day.

Selig Tree Service of Brocton was allowed to remove a dead tree in the front yard of the municipal complex, pending proof of insurance. The removal includes grinding the stump and costs $825. Selig was the lowest bidder.

A new fire alarm service agreement with FSC Systems was approved for $309. The agreement spans next year and covers the town office building behind the courthouse.

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