Sheridan's Village Board has taken the first step in constructing a parking lot for the Robert W. Rowe Public Library, 120 E. Si Johnson Ave.
But before demolition of a vacant home at 100 N. Robinson St., which is adjacent to the library, can even begin, the home needs to be cleaned out. The home is filled almost to the brim with household items that include a pump organ on the second floor.
The board approved a resolution to give authority to Mayor Shelly Figgins to seek proposals for cleaning of the home from "one or more parties performing scavenger services."
The board made it clear any received proposal must require the village be held harmless from any liability, maintain general liability insurance and be named as an additional insured party.
Proposals received by the village may be opened and considered. Proposals should be submitted to Sheridan Village Hall, 115 N. Robinson St., P.O. Box 580, Sheridan, IL 60551.
The village of Sheridan and the library entered into an intergovernmental agreement in February that allows for deeding two lots to the village, demolition of the existing building, approval of a final parking lot concept and completion of a paved parking lot.
Village Attorney Richard Burton has received a demolition estimate from S&K Construction, in Newark, of about $15,000 with an additional $4,000 to 5,000 to be added if any asbestos is discovered.
With a signed agreement in place, the goal is to have the demolition completed before Wednesday, July 4. Half the demolition payment will come from the a library/village joint escrow account. The village will pay the other half from one or more of their operating funds.
Budget on file
On another matter, the board approved a tentative fiscal year 2018-19 budget placed on file for 30 days prior to approval at the next board meeting Monday, May 14. Trustee and Finance Committee Chairman Randy McMurray thanked board members for keeping expenses at a minimum during the past year.
“This tentative budget is a tough one this year,” McMurray said. “We had a good year last year but this year we're looking at spending around $1.2 million in roadwork, the house demolition (with regards to Robert W. Rowe Public Library District's parking lot plans) and sewer work and maybe sidewalk work. We also have to think about replacing our 18-year-old plow truck.”
“I also would like to suggest we be a lot smarter on how we accept bids,” McMurray continued. “Once we accept a bid, there always seems to be changes to it and we end up spending more money than we planned for.”
Property special use put on temporary hold
The Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the village approve a special use request for property at 804 W. Church Street, owned by resident Nicolas Saavedra. If approved by the board, he would be allowed to park his work-related straight truck at his residence.
McMurray raised an objection to an approval.
“He owes the village a past due sewer bill payment of $233.38,” McMurray said. “If anyone owes money, I don't believe we should approve any work or special use permits until the bills are paid. It's just not a good business practice.”
The board approved the special use request on the condition Saavedra pay the past due sewer bill.
The board approved a transfer of $1,503.75 from the Motor Fuel Tax fund into the General Fund.
Trustee and Streets Committee Chairman Jeff Wilhelm said the village, audited by the Illinois Department of Transportation, used too much money from the fund to pay for street projects.
New business upgrades
While Appetizer's Bar & Grill, 165 W. Si Johnson Ave., hasn't opened yet, owner Scott Snell has been working hard to improve the building. A new roof, new siding and tearing off the front of the building are just some of the upgrades. Snell said the building will have front brown awnings to keep the color consistent with the other buildings on the street.
The Serena School District's fifth-grade class will graduate from the DARE Program on Tuesday, May 8. Police Chief Chuck Bergeron told the board 47 students would be graduating.
“I hope that all the board members can attend,” Bergeron said. “When the students see that important people in the community are there to see them graduate, you cannot imagine how it helps their self-esteem issues.”