SHERIDAN – Members of the Sheridan Town Board are preparing to renovate the former St. John Bosco Church building for their town court facilities.
At a workshop meeting held Friday evening in the town offices, board members saw drawings showing how the former Catholic church could be converted to a courthouse and offices.
The town purchased the property from the Diocese of Buffalo several years ago and has been revising the courthouse drawings over the past two years. Court has been operating at the former town hall, located on the corner of Route 20 and Center Road.
The new courthouse would have judges chambers, a jury box and more storage and office space.
Town Supervisor Louis Delmonte said he hopes local contractors can be involved in the project and it can get started soon.
Town Board members decided to discuss hiring procedures with the town attorney as soon as possible to move the project forward.
The board also discussed improvements to the former rectory building, which is used for the town clerk’s, assessor’s and building inspector’s offices. Those offices have been open and in use for several years.
The board reviewed policies and procedures on prevention of violence in the workplace. It was agreed that documents and a training program would be put in place.
Budget worksheets were distributed to all department heads and they were asked to return them to the supervisor as soon as possible for completion of the 2014 spending plan.
Board members said they will be reviewing data collected on visitors to the Sheridan Bay Park. They said the park managers will be providing information on how advertising has been effective in attracting more campers to the facility.
An update on the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Association was provided for board members. Sheridan has opted into the initial phase to develop a regional water system as proposed by the Chadwick Bay group.
The board looked at the proposed assessments for municipalities involved in the group. The assessments will be discussed when the Chadwick Bay group meets next in October.