SHERIDAN – Vandalism and illegal dumping in rural areas has become a problem in the Town of Sheridan, town officials said Thursday evening.

At the regular meeting of the Town Board held in the community building, Highway Superintendent Jeff Feinen said that five signs were spray-painted by vandals and will need to be replaced. He said that every day, highway crews are reporting finding trash and old tires dumped on the side of roads.

Feinen said local police agencies have been notified about the problem.

In other matters:

• The highway department was authorized to seek bids for replacing a bridge on Chapin Road with a culvert. Bids for the work are to be returned by 3 p.m. on April 14.

• A bid for repairs to a culvert on East Middle Road was accepted by the board at the recommendation of the highway superintendent. Sall-Tee and Sons of Sheridan was awarded the contract for $9,200.

• Several town roads will be posted for reduced weight limits during the spring season.

• Board members agreed to participate in the Lake Front Water Revitalization Program and authorized a $2,000 contribution to the group. Glenn Reed was named the town’s representative to the group. Reed also was named the town representative on the Northern Chautauqua County Water District Agency.

• Reed gave a report on the progress of the renovation of the former St. John Bosco Church, which is being turned into a courthouse.  He said the projected opening date is May 1. Drywall was completed this week. Flooring and electrical work is on schedule, he said.

Supervisor Louis Delmonte said no plans have been made for the former town hall on the corner of Route 20 and Center Road.  Court will continue in the former building until the new location is open.

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