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Final changes in church-to-court makeover complete

SHERIDAN – The final changes to convert the former St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Sheridan to the town courthouse were completed recently. An announcement was made at the regular meeting of the Town Board held Thursday in the community center that a new sign went up designating the location.

The courthouse was the last building to be rebuilt on former church property. The interior was converted to office space and the judges’ bench occupies what used to be the altar. Church pews are now used as seats for those awaiting their appearance before the judges. The former church rectory and pastor’s home now serve as the offices for the town clerk and assessor and the large auditorium is now a community center.

Since opening, the court has been busy. There were 402 cases heard in February. The court collected fines and payments of more than $38,000.

In other news from the Town Board meeting, a public hearing was held on a fire protection contract which is outside the regular limits of the Sheridan Fire Department. The regular coverage area for the department is a five-mile radius from the fire hall on Route 20. The extra contract provides the department with $4,500 for about 25 homes on Creek, Miller and Stone Quarry Roads in the township. The annual contract was unanimously approved and was the same amount as the previous year.

Under old business, town leaders are still debating the sale of the former town hall building located on Route 20 at Center Road. Only one bid was received in February and it was below the appraised value for the property. Town Supervisor Louis DelMonte said they will meet with legal counsel to pursue other avenues of selling the structure and lot.