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SHERRARD — Village officials are investigating unauthorized construction in Fyre Lake.

At Monday’s meeting, village clerk Laura Green reported a resident had begun new construction without the required paperwork. Officials delivered a “cease building” notice to the resident, she said, though the foundation had already been fully excavated

Sherrard Mayor Delbert Henry said six lots were recently bought in Fyre Lake. He suggested the village board create a committee to provide professional knowledge on building-permit requirements to ensure standards.

“We want to make sure everything is built to the best quality possible,” Mayor Henry said.

Ms. Green said construction in Sherrard was supposed to follow both Rock Island County and Rock Island city building codes.

“We want to take a proactive approach so this does not become an issue,” Ms. Green said. “We need to set a precedent.” She said fines for ignoring the ordinance could be double or even triple the permit fees.

The new construction committee will discuss requiring owner occupancy of a residence for five years after building and basing the building permit fee on square footage instead of the projected value of the property.

Also Monday, village board members heard a possible sewer crisis was averted when Sherrard Water Operator Dan Helm addressed a problem when a pump quit on a lift station near the grade school. The pump had to be pulled, rebuilt and reinstalled.

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Mr. Helm said Fyre Lake developer, Wm Capital, planned to hand over five fully functional lift stations to the village by the end of the summer. Once those are completed, there are three left for a total of eight lift stations Sherrard will take over.

Village board members also discussed work on 310th Street hired by Wm Capital. The work was done last summer per an agreement with the Fyre Lake developer, with plans for Sherrard to accept the next portion when completed.

“We had an engineer observing,” Ms. Green said of the work. “We’re having that engineer back out to do core samples.” She said the road wasn’t sealed.

The village is also talking with the developer about $90,000 in curb damage on 310th Street believed to have been caused by a Fyre Lake golf course lawn mower.

Village trustee Lisa Sanders proposed Sherrard spend $2,500 to $3,000 for a radar speed sign for the corner of 5th Avenue and 1st Street. Discussion then moved to evaluating the amount of hours patrolled by the village’s police chief and deputy, with 80 hours currently allotted between the two each month.

The topic will go to the village’s personnel committee for further discussion.

The board also approved donating $250 to Sherrard High School Post Prom/Students Against Destructive Decisions and buying seven first-aid kits at up to $75 each for the “Stop the bleed campaign.”

It also was announced the Fyre Lake village-wide yard sale will be May 19, Sherrard village-wide garage sales are planned June 2 and the semi-annual village-wide special trash pick-up will be June 5.

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