Center Road raises concerns in Sheridan

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Town Board is supporting the Sheridan Fire Department in its request to have a town road fixed. Center Road, from the Thruway bridge to Route 5, is in rough shape. While there are signs warning motorists about the condition of the road, the fire department and town are calling on Chautauqua County for action.

The Sheridan Fire Department has sent a letter to the county requesting the road be placed on the list of roads to be fixed this year. Supervisor Louis Delmonte said the road is “extremely rough” and is utilized as a main connecting road between Route 5 and 20. Delmonte also said when fire trucks travel Center Road with the air seats, firemen are in danger of hitting their heads on the truck’s roof.

“Anybody who has traveled (Center Road) and I’m sure you all have, it’s pretty rough,” he said. “To take the trucks down there is really rough.”

The town board approved sending a letter in support of the fire department to Chautauqua County. The town is also working with County Legislator Terry Niebel to get the road fixed.

Code Enforcement Officer James Crowell also announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be doing coastal erosion studies in the town of Sheridan along Route 5. Crowell told residents FEMA surveyors may cross property lines but will provide identification and residents should not be alarmed. The board also approved Glenn Reed to serve as the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan liaison and hosted a public hearing, which saw no public comment, on the Time Warner Cable Franchise renewal agreement. The agreement, which is 5 percent of TWC’s gross revenues for 15 years, was approved.

The town board will host a workshop meeting on July 28 at 7 p.m., in the code enforcement/assessor office with a special meeting immediately following. The next regular board meeting will be on Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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