Sherman / Williamsville Bike and Hike Trail connecting the two sister Villages

After ten years in the making, the Villages of Sherman and Williamsville were awarded a $2 million grant in October 2016 for a $2.8 million dollar estimated project under a grant offered through the Federal Government and administered through Illinois Department of Transportation under the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) which has been established to improve bicycle and pedestrian travel and other nonmotorized alternative travel options.  The Villages are responsible for up to 20% of the total project cost shared between the Villages.

The proposed 4.4-mile multi-use Bike and Hike Trail will connect the two Villages and will provide a safe access and non-motorized access for residents and users to enjoy. The Villages hope that in the future the trail could be a component of the Route 66 Trail, which connects Chatham and Springfield and Sherman.

 Status Report as of September 4, 2018.  At the September 4, 2018 Sherman Village Board Meeting, the Village Engineer, Mr. Kevin Kuhn of KnT Engineering announced that the major steps of securing the leases with Ameren have been complete and are before IDOT for final approval that puts the project about 10% closer to approval for bid letting purposes.  

Village Improvement Projects

COMPLETED - Portion of Sebring Road Scheduled for Improvement Approved

At the August 2, 2018 Village Board Meeting, President Clatfelter and the Village Board of Trustees approved an ordinance to improve a section of the road on the far west portion of Sebring Road that has fallen to disrepair over the years.  This section serves several residents to the west of the railroad and the Rail Golf Course maintenance operations.  Last year, in conjunction with Williams Township, Sherman Public Works replaced the damaged culvert pipe with a new larger pipe for better drainage under the road.

Status Report as of September 17, 2018 - PROJECT COMPLETED.
Thank you to Williams Township for your assistance!
Status Report as of September 1, 2018.  Work to begin on the road starting Thursday, September 7 and finishing its first phase by September 8.  Williams Township will be providing the chip and seal once the project has had time to settle and rolled properly.

Road Repairs Around Village of Sherman Approved

At the September 4, 2018 Village Board Meeting, President Clatfelter and the Village Board of Trustees approved an ordinance to authorize the contracting and scheduling of various sections of road improvements around the Village which have been commonly referred to as the “reverse speed bumps”.  Funding available will allow for up to 15 sections for 2018.  Priorities for these projects to include sections in Old Tipton Estates, along First street to Meredith, Partridge pass, and other sections along Lost Tree.  Village Administration will post the sections that are scheduled for repair once the schedule is worked out with the contractor.

Status Report as of September 5, 2018.  Staff is identifying the priority sections to be improved based on funding allocation and priority.  Staff working with the Contractor to identify start dates and location starts.  Staff will make public announcements before projects are underway.

Crack Filling and Pothole Repairs for Fall 2018

At the September 4, 2018 Village Board Meeting, President Clatfelter and the Village Board of Trustees announced that Administrative and Public Works staff are making priority lists of road repair projects around the Village that will include filling in and repairing large cracks and potholes on our roads, especially in our subdivisions.  The work is being performed in conjunction with Williams Township. 

Status Report as of September 5, 2018.  Staff has identified the priority areas around the Village that need the greatest attention based on the most recent road improvement plan study.  Priority areas will include sections in Brookside Glenn area, Crown Point, Waterford Subdivisions as well as others.

Road Improvement, Repair and Patching Project Planning Under Review for 2019

President Clatfelter announced that Administrative and Public Works staff are working with the Village Engineer to get an early start on the Village’s annual road improvement, repair and patching plans for the 2019 project season.  Plans, cost estimates and schedules to be presented to the Board by the November Board meeting in preparation for the 2019 season.

Village Park Playground Planning to Get Underway this Fall

President Clatfelter announced that Administrative Staff are working with the Village Engineer to begin the planning process for the Spring 2019 Construction of a new Play System in Village Park.  Staff have been directed to work closely with the Parks & Recreation Committee and involve students and parents of the Sherman Elementary School and community to be part of the equipment selection process.

Administrative Staff and the Village Engineer will present the process plan to the Board in the October Board meetings.  Administrative Staff have been directed to research, locate and inquire about grant funding from other agencies to assist the Village in providing a state-of-the-art playground component and safety surface system at Village Park.

Multi-Use Path – West of Old Tipton School Road from Red Bud Run into Village Park

President Clatfelter has directed Administrative Staff to work with the Village Engineer to design and request bids for the construction of a multi- use path along Old Tipton School Road from Red Bud Run into Village Park that will provide a nonmotorized off street safety route for residents to get to Village Park.

Administrative Staff and the Village Engineer will present information to the Board on the status of this project in the October/November Board meetings.  Providing a safe route to access Parks and Recreation services at Village Park is a high priority for the Village.  Construction anticipated in Spring/Early Summer 2019.