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Sale of old Sheridan Town Hall draws only one bid

SHERIDAN – Because only one bid was received on the sale of the former Sheridan Town Hall on Route 20 at Center Road, Supervisor Louis DelMonte announced Thursday that the Town Board will consider contacting a real estate agency to sell the building.

During a board meeting Thursday, trustees agreed to lease the building to the Sheridan Historical Society for $1 for a one-year term. The society has to agree to vacate the building in a reasonable time if it is sold. The historical group uses the building for meetings and historical displays.

DelMonte said the only bid received was “well below” the amount the town considered a reserve.

In other matters:

• The supervisor said he is investigating complaints about the town assessor. He said Assessor Daniel Fisher is supposed to have five hours each week of office time and he has been out of town for several weeks.

Town Clerk Julie Szumigala said several people have asked about filing property tax exemptions and meeting the March 1 date for paperwork. She said there have been several complaints from residents about the lack of response.

DelMonte said the board will look into the complaints.

• The issue of a dog left outside during cold temperatures was the subject of the dog warden report. The report of a dog on Middle Road being left outside last Friday was on the Internet and on several media reports.

The dog was found to be in healthy condition and well cared for by the local dog warden, Chautauuqa County sheriff’s deputies and an SPCA investigator, Szumigala said.

• The Town of Sheridan is seeking a member to serve on the Board of Assessment Review. The board meets two times each year in the spring to hear grievances about property assessments. Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact the Town Clerk’s Office, officials said.