SHERMAN - It could take up to two more weeks before there is official word on whether the Sherman county Department of Public Facilities shop will remain open this summer.
Wednesday, village of Sherman Mayor John Patterson announced during a Village Board meeting that the shop likely will not be shutting down this summer. Patterson said he received word from a county shop employee, saying that interviews were going to be held for a new district supervisor for the Sherman county shop, to replace the one who had retired. Additionally, Patterson said he was told by Ken France, district supervisor of the Sheridan shop, that the Sherman shop would remain open for the summer.
However, County Executive Greg Edwards said Friday that although interviews are indeed taking place for a district supervisor, it is a part of an analysis by the county to determine whether it is feasible to keep the shop open.
"As part of the analysis, we need to know what we have for potential, what we have for resources," Edwards said. "That includes who could potentially be a district supervisor."
Edwards explained that he has been working closely with Patterson and Mark Persons, the Sherman town supervisor, in order to find all the facts necessary to make an informed decision on whether the shop will remain open.
"We are working our way down through the facts, with regard to the services being delivered and the impact of not having the 17 workers report to Sherman in the morning and then back in the evening during the construction season," he said. "We are investigating the possibilities of working more closely together out there."
Additionally, Edwards said the county is looking for the best process of delivering services to people not only in the village, but in the county and the general region as well.
"So, we have not yet made a decision as to what the final outcomes are, because we are doing another layer of deeper investigation into the total amount of services delivered and the staff's availability to do it," he said. "I hope that in the next two weeks or so, we will have a little clearer picture of where we are."
On Monday, Edwards announced that the county is investigating a shared services agreement with Sheridan.
"The analysis will be to determine the potential for improved services and overall savings that could be achieved with our operations delivered from the same physical building with shared resources," Edwards wrote in his Monday Morning Memo.
According to Edwards, until the investigation into the shared services opportunity is complete, the Sherman shop will remain open.