Sherman passes budget, changes insurance

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

SHERMAN — At its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Town Board passed the town’s 2018 budget, with a tax levy of $371,508, a 7.77 per cent increase over the previous year.

This followed a public hearing for the budget (at which there were no comments), and a special meeting of the electors.

Michelle Strauss and Debbie Harmeling, representing The Horton Group, had spoken to the board at its October meeting, offering the results of their analysis of the town’s current insurance coverage. One of their recommendations was higher coverage for fire department vehicles and equipment. Strauss reported that she’d met with Fire Chief Todd Stange to review recommendations related to the fire department’s coverage.

“I think we had a very good meeting,” Strauss told the board. Stange was receptive to upgrading the coverage and saw other improvements in the Horton proposal.

Strauss and Harmeling were again present, and answered questions from Chairman William Goehring. Goehring said he, too, had consulted with Chief Stange and confirmed Stange’s favorable reaction to Horton’s proposal.

The board voted unanimously to purchase the proposed policy from The Horton Group. It will become effective Dec. 1.

Some time was spent discussing the Horton finding that the town lacks a public official bond. The board unanimously approved purchase of that bond through Horton.

Goehring said road shoulders were possibly being damaged by contracted Krier Foods trucks parking on Abbott Drive. Goehring contacted several people and was told the trucks would park on other roads. That might alleviate the problem. If it does not, the town could consider designating the road as “No Parking” and have signs to that effect put up.

A few years ago, the town started requiring a $2 sticker for each bag of garbage deposited at the transfer station. This was initiated to cover the rising costs of operating the transfer station.

At first, income from the stickers came close to operation costs. But recent numbers indicate that costs are outpacing income by about $5,000. If that continues, the board will consider increasing the sticker price.

The Strack farm is working with Supervisor Kris Klein to haul loads of fill from the south side of Abbott Drive to the north side. They will put metal plates over the road surface to protect it and place warning signs on either side of the temporary crossing.

The board unanimously approved:

• A resolution establishing a schedule of fees.

• Appointment of Miranda Hurley as Lakeview Library representative.

• The 2018 Joint Powers agreement with the county regarding emergency services.

• The county sales tax revenue sharing agreement.

Building permits issued since the last building inspector’s report: Bruce Anderson, electrical; Joel Whitney Nyhoff, new home, electrical, HVAC, plumbing; Jerry Barbian, plumbing.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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