Sheridan council considers long-range projects


By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:47 am on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SHERIDAN — Members of the Sheridan Village Council got the chance to do a little “blue sky” planning at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

Dave Johnson of Fleis & Vandenbrink engineering in Grand Rapids presented the council with dozens of possible municipal improvements that could be implemented at some future date.

Johnson was at the meeting to promote his firm and to offer its services for any village projects that may come along.

Fleis & Vandenbrink has been contracted by hundreds of towns around the state for work ranging from streetscape projects to infrastructure repairs to the creation of facades for entire downtown areas.

“The two things we don’t do are legal and auditing,” Johnson said. “But other than that we do pretty much everything you guys might contract an engineering firm for.”

Johnson touted the firm’s ability to locate grant funding for a wide variety of municipal improvement projects, noting that Sheridan was at something of a disadvantage for some grant monies, due to the fact the village does not qualify for many low income-based grants offered by state and federal agencies.

Johnson also mentioned the many awards his firm has won over the years. In this area, the firm has done work for Edmore, Belding, Howard City, Lakeview, Big Rapids, Newaygo and other cities and villages.

Village Superintendent Doug Lane mentioned the possibility of improvements to the area south of town on which the old Carnation building now stands.

“Once that building comes down, I think we’re going to have a pretty desirable piece of property,” Lane said. “But we don’t have the infrastructure in place at this point.”

Johnson agreed to return to Sheridan at a later date to go over the village’s “wish list” and discuss possible funding options for future projects.

In other action, council members further discussed the installation of four new picnic tables in the park. Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland said she would like to see the new tables in place before Memorial Day. Lane said that would not be a problem. Several outdoor grills also will be installed this spring.

The council also considered several designs for new lighting planned for the downtown area. The planned street lights will be of the LED, low-draw variety, regardless of design.

The council meets next on April 9.

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