Sherman Hopes To Continue Main Street Renovations

SHERMAN – The village of Sherman hopes to continue a project to renovate Main Street, especially for merchants on the south side of the street, Mayor John Patterson told the council recently.

Many businesses have already received a “face-lift” through the program, which has also helped renovate some apartments. The program is funded by grants through the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation in Mayville.

The project takes place through the village but is conducted entirely by CHRIC, which awards the bids for work and oversees its completion. Depending on the grant, businesses may or may not have to supply a matching grant for the work.

Patterson said he met with merchants from the south side of Main Street, because it seemed as if the project was largely benefiting north side businesses.

CHRIC will seek three grants. A Rural Area Revitalization Program grant for $200,000 can be used for housing. A Main Street Grant for $100,000 covers building facades and sidewalks. And a Technical Assistant Grant for $20,000 is used to pay for architect fees.

In other business, Patterson reported that Sherman Day was very successful and $4,389 was put back into the fund for next year. He thanked everyone, especially Ann Gilbert, town clerk, for their work in making it happen. “With all of the things going on in the county that day, we had a nice crowd that stayed throughout the day,” he said.

The council reappointed its Zoning Board. Members include Nick Kenyon, Doug Crane, Carl Van Curen, Virginia King and Kevin Biehls. Alternate members are Tim Fisher and Justin Mason.