I would like to respond to a comment from November 6 titled, “Sheridan has become stagnant. “
As a resident of Sheridan, I was quite surprised by the title, which indicates that Sheridan has become “stagnant!” I was even more surprised that the content from writer Susan Bigler indicated that Sheridan was in “a rut” that we owed ” get out of “. The negativity of the article, written by an unsuccessful political candidate, was truly disheartening.
The idea that she would bring an advantage to the city was obviously not shared with the residents, as indicated by her vote totals. In the article, she claims to want “Share my pride in my hometown with the whole region” – instead, she portrays him with negativity and while she pretends not to be “Sorry” for herself, her article on sour grapes indicates otherwise.
To be clear, Sheridan has so much to offer, not only to the townspeople, but to the entire region. We may not have a welcome sign – but the Route 20 area alone – a roughly five mile stretch from Sullivans to Stebbins Road has 20 small businesses.
Other businesses located off the main road also continue to provide valuable services. For example, Walkers on Route 39 is an impressive company that processes many local and regional grapes and juices and distributes products across the country. The large wineries that are part of generations of hard work and the produce grown by vendors who work from sun to sunset to provide fresh local produce to the area is an indication of the city’s commitment.
Our town boasts of four wineries that attract tourists and are active in community events.
We have greenhouses that offer varieties of flowers and vegetables. We have several garages offering services. Sheridan has a modern fire station with men and women who volunteer to keep the community safe. There is also a vibrant VFW Post that consistently honors our veterans who are so important to small communities like Sheridan.
We have an amazing historical society who have worked diligently to preserve the history of the city. If there are any activities that this group believes could benefit society or events that will draw people to the site, they should take them to city council and get the word out. While it is true and unfortunate that we lost our Catholic Church, it was a decision of the Catholic Diocese – not the parishioners and certainly not the city.
Sheridan is not, as stated in the article, “Lose our identity”. Townspeople know they are residents of Sheridan – by their tax bill, not just because they are “Voters”.
This raises another problem. The residents of Sheridan have reasonable taxes compared to other communities. This is accomplished by having city council members working to maintain this status. Sheridan Bay Park, as an example, was also mentioned in this article. The city has worked diligently to secure a grant for the repairs and updating of this facility. I understand it was finally approved. This work will be carried out without additional taxes. We will need this expertise as we work on creating additional water districts for the city.
I believe we have representatives who are always open to new ideas and suggestions and we are fortunate to have good and honest elected officials – all of whom work tirelessly in their private lives but always offer to serve the city with dedication because ‘they believe in its history, the future and our people. Elections really have less to do with political affiliation, as suggested, but more with the character of the candidate.
Personally, I am proud of our city. I think Sheridan is doing very well.
JoAnn Niebel is a resident of Sheridan.