Sherman approves federal funds for firefighters and school repairs

SHERMAN — The Sherman Board of Breeders recently approved funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to purchase lifesaving equipment for the city’s volunteer firefighters and for legal work to repair the Sherman school.

At their meeting, the board unanimously authorized $40,000 from the federal COVID-19 relief fund known as ARPA to purchase a new knife, spreader and battering ram for the volunteer fire department of Sherman.

“It just strengthens our volunteer fire department and gives them more tools to act, especially in motor vehicle emergencies,” said Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, “and we’re so glad it was We are always satisfied with the work they do and this makes them more able to do their good job.

Another $7,500 was approved for school repairs.

Lowe said the school had encountered problems with its plumbing system, roof leaks and problems with heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

“We are looking for a full and complete repair of the school,” he said. “My entire board and I are interested in seeing the school come back to being whole in a repaired and functioning building.”

Lowe said the Sherman Building Committee, a newly formed committee at the school, would present a school repair plan to the city.

“They’re a really, really good band…and I can’t wait to hear from them,” he said.

To date, Sherman’s chief commercial officer, Liz Cipolla-LaVia, said the city has received approximately $720,000 in ARPA funds. She said they expect to receive approximately $350,000 in ARPA funding in the near future.

In total, the city will receive approximately $1 million in ARPA funds.

“So far, we have set aside $216,945.84 for various purchases and projects,” Cipolla-LaVia said.

Of this amount, the city set aside $19,945.84 for sharing the COVID-19 clinic with New Fairfield; $140,000 to purchase 24 tri-band radios for the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department; $9,500 for the emergency services facility heat pump and air conditioning unit; $40,000 to purchase hydraulic tools for the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department; and $7,500 for legal and request for proposal (RFP) fees for the repair of the Sherman School.

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