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Sherman officials propose committee to discuss highway building future

January 16, 2013
By DAVID?PRENATT - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Sherman town and village officials have proposed to County Executive Gregory Edwards that a committee be created to assist the county in saving costs while keeping the Sherman Highway Department Building open year round.

At Thursday's meeting of the Sherman Town Council, supervisor Mark Persons he and others would be meeting with Edwards to discuss a letter he sent on behalf of the board to the county executive, as well as to legislator Fred Croscut and county facilities director George Spanos. The letter recommended that a committee be created comprised of Sherman mayor John Patterson, Dennis Sweatman, Art Malecki, Arden Ohlsson, Greg Rater and town councilman James Higginbotham to assist the county executive office in adopting and implementing cost-saving measures.

The letter stressed the board's position: "The Sherman Town Board strongly advocates for the reduction and realignment of supervisor positions in all the County Highway Departments and adamantly supports the continuance of the Sherman Highway Facility year round."

The letter stated the board's belief that closing the facility for part of the year would negatively affect Sherman taxpayers, result in higher cost and decreased quality of road maintenance and snow removal; adversely affect the business community of Sherman; and negatively affect shared services between Sherman and the county.

Persons said Edwards, Croscut, Spanos, Patterson and himself would be meeting Friday to discuss the proposal.

In November, the County Executive office announced the possibility of closing the facility during the summer months in order to reduce costs. County workers and residents alike have expressed great opposition to the proposal since then

In other business, the board approved its reorganization plan for 2013. The greatest change would be an increase in the burial cost from $200 to $250.



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