SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Town Board this week considered some regulations it would like in place for a shale-mining operation at a farm on Aldrich Road.
John Munch, owner of the farm, said he is willing to comply with changing hours for the operation, including having a later start time during school days and only operating until noon on Saturdays.
Shale from the farmland is being used as a road base at the Dunkirk Airport, which is near the farm.
Town Highway Superintendent Jeff Feinen asked that Munch also produce an $80,000 bond in the event that trucks damage the roads in the town. Munch said he would agree to the bond and thought that the contractor who was hauling the shale probably already has a bond for possible road damage.
The board unanimously agreed to allow the state Department of Environmental Conservation to act as lead agency for the mining operation. Board members agreed that their comments, along with any issues submitted by local residents, would be sent to the DEC in writing for consideration for a mining permit for the property.
In other business, the board heard from Shannon Karcz , youth recreation director, who said she will start the summer program June 24 and end it Aug. 2. She said she is in the process of staffing the summer program.
The board authorized a $2,750 agreement with the Sheridan Memorial Field Association to use the field and equipment for the summer program.
Town Clerk Julie Szumigala reported that many participants have agreed to join the Memorial Day parade May 27. Lineup will be at 11:30 a.m.
A contribution of $700 was approved for the Sheridan Happy Seniors group, and a donation of $300 will be sent to the Silver Creek Senior Citizens Club.
A resolution of support was approved for the Lakefront Water Revitalization Program. Board members agreed to join with other communities in the north Chautauqua County area to share services and plans for future improvement programs.