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Sheridan roads, beach, residences sustain damage in storm

SHERIDAN – Several roads in the Town of Sheridan were damaged by the heavy rainstorm that hit northern Chautauqua County on Tuesday.

Residents whose property sustained damage should go to the town clerk’s office for information about assistance, Town Clerk Julie Szumigala said.

“We no longer have a town beach,” said Highway Superintendent Jeff Feinen.

His report to the Town Board Thursday included storm damage to several roads and culverts and the Sheridan Bay Park on Lake Erie. He said the sand on the beach was washed away and rocks and debris were left on the shore. Roberts Road remained closed, and Feinen said that he was having an assessment of damage on Roberts Road.

Other roads that were damaged but are re-opened include Meyers, Straight, O’Brien and Chapin. Preliminary damage estimates come to $60,000.

Sheridan residents can get information about losses at the Portland Fire Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday. In addition to applications for assistance, there will be information about disinfecting water wells and other flood safety information.

In other business, board members said they would consider some requests from the Sheridan Historical Society. The group is considering purchasing the former town hall building at Route 20 and Center Road. Before they make a decision on the purchase, the members of the board of directors would like an annual donation of $3,000 to be provided. They also would like assistance with the drainage and the parking lot. Historical Society Secretary Virginia Becker attended the regular meeting and offered to attend the next meeting.

Town Supervisor Louis Delmonte said the requests will be considered at a special meeting scheduled for July 27 at 7 p.m.

The special meeting agenda also will include a review of two bids received for the town’s insurance.

The town clerk’s office will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Regular office hours will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday.