SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Village Council approved a bid for some badly needed repairs on a four-block stretch of Sherman Street at its meeting Tuesday evening.
The vote to award the contract to Lakeview-based paving company Taylor Asphalt Paving was unanimous. According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, Taylor not only came in with a bid substantially below the other two bidders, but the contractor comes highly recommended by neighboring communities.
“(Taylor) has a small crew and low overhead,” Lane said. “That’s why they’re so much less expensive.”
Taylor’s bid came in at 76 cents per square foot, well below the highest bid of more than $1 per square foot.
“He’s done work in Lakeview and other towns,” Lane added. “For that kind of price, if he’s doing Lakeview, (they) wouldn’t be using him if he wasn’t good.”
The work will include patching of some of the more worn areas of the street, but is intended only as a stop-gap measure until spring, when a complete chip and seal job will be completed.
Lane said work on the patching should begin within the next couple weeks. Total cost for this phase of the project is expected to be around $7,500, which is being paid out of the village’s street repair budget.
The council also discussed possible repair efforts to the village’s water tower. The tower’s interior paint, which is nearing the end of its 20-year life cycle, has begun to wear away and will need to be replaced in the near future.
Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland also addressed the logistics of maintaining the city’s water supply in the event of an emergency while the tower was being renovated. Lane said that due to a recently added village well, this would not be a problem.
The council took no immediate action on the issue, however, Lane pointed out the best option would be to let out bids for the project over the Christmas holiday season and have the work done in April.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Wyckoff-McFarland mentioned the recent success of the Sheridan Farmers Market, which takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays in the mornings.
“I went past there at 10 minutes after 6,” Wyckoff-McFarland said. “There were already (vendors) there setting up their tents. We had eight farmers there this past week.”
Trustee Don Nassif agreed, saying, “It’s been going well.”
Nassif added the new farmers market sign was probably at least partly responsible for the increase in vendors.