Sheridan Village Council turns decorative clock plan down, looks into dog ordinance

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:35 am on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SHERIDAN — Plans for a decorative clock previously discussed by members of the Sheridan Village Council for inclusion as part of the village’s upcoming streetscape renovation project have been scrapped due to a misunderstanding regarding its cost.

At previous council meetings, Village Superintendent Doug Lane proposed power for the clock be included in the electrical work scheduled to begin soon. Lane, along with Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland, suggested the clock could be added at a later date, as long as the power was already available for it.

The cost of adding the electrical conduit to power a clock to the current planned work would be negligible, Lane said.

Wyckoff-McFarland, at last month’s meeting, concurred, saying, “We wouldn’t want to look back two years from now and say, ‘Gee, I wish we’d put a clock in.”

After a report in The Daily News mentioned the clock, several sponsors came forward offering to pay for all or part of the project. Unfortunately, the project would be about 10 times costlier than the originally projected price of $2,000.
At Tuesday evening’s meeting, Lane noted that he had been provided with erroneous numbers regarding the clock’s cost.

“The info I got was $2,000,” Lane said. “Somebody dropped a decimal point; the actual cost is $20,000, not $2,000. I should have researched it myself.”

In light of the new data, Lane altered the village’s contract with Consumer’s Power, which is doing the electrical work, to exclude the conduit that would have powered the light.

“We might do something in the future,” Lane said. “But for now the (clock) project is temporarily scrapped.”

The council also discussed plans for signage to let residents and travelers know that businesses along Main Street will remain open during the streetscape project. Lane suggested the possibility of renting additional signage at a rate of $60 per month until the work is completed, sometime in October.

Lane also informed council members that the village’s plans to purchase a new programmable logic controller — a device that helps control the town’s water supply and keep the water tower filled — could be put on hold for the time being.

Though the current controller is somewhat dated, it will continue to serve the village’s need for the time being, Lane said.

“I talked with a guy from the (supply) company and he said (replacement) is not that crucial,” Lane said. “He said it’s obsolete and so forth but they do still have parts available.”

Lane added the council might want to consider the board’s replacement at some future date, but that the device could have years of service remaining.

“We’re good right now,” Lane said. “But a year from now that could change.”

In other business, the council heard from Sheridan resident Mary Levesque, who encouraged the council to adopt an ordinance dealing with the number of dogs residents can have within village limits. Lavesque, who resides on Sherman Street, said one home there has as many as 14 dogs kept outside in poorly-maintained pens. The barking and sanitation issues have gotten out of hand, she said.

Councilman Don Nassif said he would look into the issue.

“I’ll talk with Animal Control and get more information,” Nassif said. “I’ll see what I can find out.”

Wyckoff-McFarland agreed that the village should probably have some sort of ordinance to deal with the issue.

“We’ll see what fits into the licensing of a kennel,” Wyckoff-McFarland said. “We’ll find out how to go about this and try to keep a better eye on it.”

Councilman Darek Wagner expressed concern over coming up with the “magic number” of dogs per resident that would best suits the village’s needs.

“is it two, is it three?” Wagner said. “It’s a fine line.”

Wyckoff-McFarland pointed out that there wasn’t much the village could do about the dog problem at present due to the lack of a standing ordinance. Also, since the village no longer has a police department, enforcement of ordinance violations is problematic.

“We’re trying to find a way to better enforce our ordinances,” Wyckoff-McFarland said. “We’re working toward that.”

The council meets next on Aug. 13.

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