Strong start for downtown Sheridan clock fundraising

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:55 am on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Members of the Sheridan Village Council, from left, Daryl Bush, Derek Wagner, Susan Wyckoff-McFarland and Don Nassif discuss fundraising efforts for a proposed new downtown clock at Tuesday’s council meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

SHERIDAN — It may not happen until next spring, but this village is well on its financial way toward the purchase of a new, analog clock for its downtown, currently in the middle of a major streetscape project.

At Tuesday evening’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland filled in council members on the results of a recent fundraising effort. Letters were included with last month’s village water bill explaining the clock project and asking for donations.

In one week alone, the village received donations totaling $6,900, prompting Wyckoff-McFarland to be optimistic with regard to raising the rest of the funding required to purchase the $20,000 clock.

The names of those donating between $500 and $1,000 will be permanently engraved on the clock’s pedestal. The names of all who donate, regardless of amount, will appear on a framed, matted plaque in city hall.

Most of the donations that have come in so far, Wyckoff-McFarland said, are substantial. However, she noted that every sponsorship is important.

“We want people to know that donations of $10, $20 or $50 are great, too,” Wyckoff-McFarland said. “Every donation is going to get us that much closer to our fundraising goal, which is $20,000.”

Any funds raised above that $20,000 will go toward purchasing new Christmas decorations for the downtown area. The decorations previously used by the village will not work with the new lamp posts going in as part of the larger streetscape project.

Village officials are already planning for additional fundraising efforts, including the posting of a Facebook page dedicated to the clock. Plans also are under way to mail informative brochures to village businesses, as well as businesses in nearby communities.

Councilman Don Nassif suggested putting posters up at area businesses explaining the fundraiser and featuring pictures of the clock.

“I’ve had people outside the village who have shown lots of interest,” Nassif said.

The clock as proposed will be somewhat “old fashioned” looking, in keeping with the overall streetscape design, and will sit atop a large, iron pole bearing the inscriptions of the “silver” and “gold” level donors.

Donations may be mailed to Village of Sheridan, P.O. Box 179, Sheridan, MI 48884.

“We’re pretty excited about this,” Wyckoff-McFarland said. “Hopefully, we can keep the momentum going.”

In other village business, the council heard from Assistant Superintendent Ed Lingeman, who noted that leaf pickup will begin next week and the village will be flushing all fire hydrants in the community within the next two weeks.

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