MEETING IN BRIEF: Sheridan


By Daily News • Last Updated 2:35 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Name of board: Sheridan Village Council.

Meeting date: Nov. 8.

Reporting official: Clerk Marcia Hersch.

Actions taken:

1. Approved minutes of the last regular meeting.
2. Approved bills for the general fund.
3. Approved bills for the wastewater fund.
4. Approve the treasurer’s report.
5. Approved purchasing two computers, one monitor, one keyboard and Microsoft Office for approximately $1,600, including installation, from CDW Government.
6. Approved applying the building fund CD to the elevator property loan at Chemical Bank by cashing out the CD at Sidney State Bank on Nov. 9.
Discussion items:
1. Village Superintendent Doug Lane reported the well and well house infrastructure are done. Lilly’s Tree Service recently removed two trees because a homeowner complained about one and Councilman Don Nassif had damage to his home from another one.
2. Assistant Village Superintendent Ed Lingeman reported Community Center rentals have slowed down after a busy October.
3. Councilman Derek Wagner expressed his dissatisfaction about the way a tree issue was brought up at the last meeting. Councilman Harold Arrington said he doesn’t think employees should make judgment calls about trees, but rather the council. Council members agreed Lane has made good decisions and should continue. Lane invited Arrington to come see him if he ever has any questions he would like answered. Councilman Curt Sisson and Wagner thanked Lane for giving them a tour of the village.
4. Commissioner John Johansen reported the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is working on the 2013 budget and distributed documents explaining the differences in fund balances for cities, townships and villages. Johansen said Sheriff Bill Barnwell is concerned about public safety issues. Councilman Pete Gehoski asked for recommendations about the old Carnation building and Johansen suggested inviting Franz Mogdis to January’s meeting for an update about the Brownfield grant.
5. Clerk Marcia Hersch reported the sewer debt CD matured on Oct. 31. She put $14,078.48 into a six-month CD at .30 percent APY that will mature April 19, 2012, and $100,000 into a 30-month CD at 1.0 percent APY that will mature April 19, 2014. Hersch also reported the major street fund CD that matured Oct. 24 was cashed in to repay the local street fund. The water repair and maintenance CD matures on Nov. 17. Hersch will take it out and put it in the checking account so it will be more liquid.
6. Finney’s is in danger of violating the junk ordinance. Council members feel they have taken steps to clean up and hope this problem does not progress further.
7. Mary Ellen Lingeman reported Stanton City Manager James Freed called Doug Lane and Ed Lingeman to help out when Stanton had a water main break because of the time it took to contact Stanton’s maintenance crew.
8. Lane suggested the council consider expanding the water and sewer infrastructure south of town in case future businesses move in.

Members present: President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland, Harold Arrington, Pete Gehoski, Jim Perry, Curt Sisson and Derek Wagner.

Members absent: Don Nassif.

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