SHERIDAN — At least some of the blacktop being milled up from Sheridan’s main street (M-66) will soon find its way into other village projects.
At Tuesday evening’s meeting, village council members voted to purchase several tons of the millings from Michigan Department of Transportation contractors, which is overseeing the road improvement project there. According to Village Superintendent Doug Lane, the millings may be purchased for $7 per ton, far less than the $20 per yard the material usually goes for.
“There are a few places around town we could use (the millings),” Lane said. “We’ve built all this stuff down at the park, the pavilion and stuff. My thoughts are we could use some of those millings and skin some sod off the top (for additional parking). That area was all parking for years; there’s a good base there.”
Councilman Don Nassif questioned whether the property could be altered, since it is technically designated a wetland. Nassif expressed concern that the village would be prohibited from adding the millings by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Village President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland also noted the shortage of parking at the park, particularly when boat trailers are left near the boat launch.
“The other night there were five or six boats out there and it was a real problem,” Wyckoff-McFarland said.
Lane pointed out that the millings also could be used at several other spots around town to patch rough roads in need of repair.
“I would think $2,000 would get us where we need to be,” Lane said. “That would give us five or six loads.”
Lane added that the parking issue at the park would have to be addressed eventually, however.
“We have a new pavilion there that will hold 75 people and parking for three cars,” he said.
In other business, the council again addressed the issue of a decorative clock for the soon to be refurbished main street. The idea had previously been tabled because the cost of the clock — $22,000 — was deemed too expensive for the village budget to bear.
Since then, however, Lane has done some research and found a clock similar to the one first considered, but at about half the price. Also, both Lane and Wyckoff-McFarland have been approached by village residents willing to donate money for the clock’s purchase.
“Between Doug and I, we’ve had at least 12 people saying they want to donate,” Wyckoff-McFarland said.
Lane had already opted to allow Consumers Energy — contracted for the electrical work on the street improvement project — to install the electrical infrastructure for the clock.
Finally, the council heard from Nassif regarding additional dog ordinances for the village. At last month’s meeting, a village resident brought several dog-related complaints to the council’s attention, asking for stricter animal control regulations within village limits.
After looking into the matter, Nassif determined that county regulations, some which won’t go into affect until March 2014, would better serve to address these concerns.
“I don’t think we need to take on the issue,” Nassif said. “We’re not set up to handle animal control. Also, we’re not set up to enforce an animal control ordinance. I think the county is on track with their ordinances.”
Nassif pointed out that any ordinance the village adopted would simply be a duplication of efforts already in the works on the county level.
The Sheridan Village Council next meets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10.