Below are a list of major projects underway or recently completed. For additional information, questions or suggestions please call Village Hall at 217-496-2621, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm.
Sherman/Williamsville Bike & 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 UPDATE JULY 2020. Project went to Bid by IDOT. Bids have been presented and under review by both Williamsville & Sherman.
Sherman Village Park Playground Completed & Opened, July 2020.
The new playground system at Sherman Village Park was opened in July 2020. The new system provides play opportunities and challenges for ages up to 12 years of age and handicap accessible swings and access platforms. Surface material is a poured in place rubberized material that provides easy access from the concrete path, soft surface for falls, and better drainage for rains.
Special thanks to our Union and Business partners for donated time and materials to install the roughly 10,000 square foot system saving the Village over $50,000 in labor and added costs for construction. Thank you to Eric Knoles of OSHEA Builders for his supervisory oversight, Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, Carpenters Local 270, Teamsters Local 916, Operative Plaster's and Cement Masons Local 18, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 137, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 965, PH Broughton & Sons and Capital Ready Mix for supplying the concrete for the path surrounding the play system.
Multi-Use Path – West of Old Tipton School Road from Red Bud Run into Village Park.
Part of Phase 1 of Safety Access Route to Sherman Village Park. Engineers are completing the final design plans for the new multi use path system (non motor vehicles) for a safe access route for walkers, non motorized bikers, joggers, and pedestrian traffic. Plans to be presented to Village Board in upcoming months for funding and construction time line.
Phase II of Safety Access Route is in the initial planning stages for non motorized path that will connect Red Bud Run to St John's Drive.
Funding shortfalls in MFT due to COVID 19 have slowed the process.
Road Improvement Projects around Village.
COVID 19 has caused shortfalls in MFT funding availability for planned road projects. Village Board is looking into priority road projects for upcoming season with funding availability or new funding opportunities. Plans include mill and overlay, crack filling and pothole repairs and general improvements.
Hydrology (drainage) Plan around Village.
Village Board is reviewing funding opportunities and cost sharing opportunities in village subdivisions to address storm water drain issues around the Village.
Sidewalk, Concrete Repair Projects, Gutter Projects around Village.
Village Board is reviewing funding opportunities for sidewalk repairs, additions, and gutter repair projects around the Village as either an in-house project or third party contractor.