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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Sherman Shop, targeted for closing, has been granted a reprieve.

County Executive Greg Edwards, in his State of the County address, announced that the Department of Public Facilities shop will stay open this summer while a study is made to see if the county, the Village of Sherman and the Town of Sherman can consolidate their highway operations under one roof there.

The county announced last November that it could save $250,000 by closing the Sherman Shop. A district supervisor post would be eliminated and year-round mechanics would go to shops in Falconer and Sheridan, along with the 17 members of the Sherman road crew working during the construction season.

Edwards postponed the closing after meeting with Sherman Village Mayor John Patterson and Sherman Town Supervisor Mark Persons, who want to keep the shop open. They agreed to do a professional analysis of their highway operations. The study is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.