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Plans stall on converting old church in Town of Sheridan

SHERIDAN – Plans to continue the conversion of the former St. John Bosco Church in Sheridan into the Sheridan Court House were stalled Thursday when Town Board members learned they needed an architect or engineer to help with the bidding process.

Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro told board members that they could split the project into different bids for carpentry, electrical and other construction issues but that their drawings should be stamped by a professional engineer or an architect.

Board members had hired a firm to draw up the project but were less than pleased with the outcome and made several changes to the original drawing.

At the urging of the town attorney, they agreed to contact some other firms to discuss professional services for the bid documents and specifications for the work.

The town acquired the church property several years ago and has been remodeling other buildings including the former rectory for use as town offices. The church was designated as the court building but has been held back because of design changes and requirements for a public court.

The town’s local court is still being held in the old facility at Route 20 and Center Road. Last month, local justices heard 297 traffic cases and a variety of other civil cases.

In other matters, board members expressed concern about vandalism at the Memorial Field Playground. They said swings were damaged, and hoops on the basketball court were torn down. Increased police patrols were requested.

Town residents may drop off car tires smaller than 19 inches at the town barns through next week. The Highway Department will accept old tires between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on work days. There will be no fee for the drop off. Residents are limited to 10 tires from each household.