Countryside 10K goes on with changes

Under new management, the Countryside 10K road race was held June 3.
Formerly a Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation fundraiser for ag literacy and education, the race was taken over this year by the Second Wind Running Club.
The start and finish were at Witt Park, and the course was kept the same as previous years, on country roads.

Community building plans on hold

Plans for a shared village/township building have stalled.
Sidney Village President Chuck White told the village board Monday that he had attended the last Sidney Township board meeting to talk about plans for a building that would replace the community building that serves as the village hall and the township hall, which was demolished last August due to mold problems.  

Moo Thru comes to Dairy Barn

A Sidney business has added a drive-thru as a way of keeping up with customer demand.
The Sidney Dairy Barn held a ribbon cutting with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce last week for its new Moo Thru.
Owner Dennis Riggs said there are typically 40 to 50 people in line on the weekends.

Read the full story in the June 15 issue of The County Star.

Sidney spared from major flooding woes

The heavy rains last week weren’t as harmful to Sidney as they have often been in the past.
As of Thursday afternoon, the only streets closed in the town were David, the main downtown street, and North Scarborough Street.
“The water’s going down right now, and the rain has stopped,” Supervisor of Operations Earl Bennett said.

Solar company surveys prospects

The commercial solar industry is courting the Sidney area for energy production.
Cypress Creek Renewables, based in Santa Monica, Calif., contacted the village asking what its regulations would be for a solar farm. Village officials are reviewing solar farm ordinances from Kankakee and Livingston County for guidelines.

Read the full story in the May 11 issue of The County Star.

Sidney water committee to meet

The village’s water committee will meet as the next step after an engineering firm presented the village board with information to help them determine how much to raise rates to fund needed infrastructure improvements.
Village staff provided five years’ worth of financial statements, budgets and usage data to Farnsworth Group Engineering Manager Michael Friend.

Sidney to conduct water rate study

The village will spend $8,150 to have Farnsworth Group do a water rate study.
“It’s a lot of money, and I’m not looking forward to spending it,” Trustee Troy Roberts said. “But even if we don’t contract with them, we have to figure out something.”

Read the full story in the March 16 issue of The County Star.

Water rates rise; more set

The village board has raised water rates to cover the cost of a 15-percent increase from supplier Illinois American Water.
The current minimum rate for the first 2,000 gallons is $22 and will increase to $24.50. The rate per 1,000 gallons over the minimum will rise from $11 to $12.50.

Read the full story in the Feb. 16 issue of The County Star.

Water company’s rate hike may trickle down

Sidney water customers may see an increase in their water bill soon.
Village President Chuck White reported that the Illinois Commerce Commission had approved a 14.7-percent rate increase request from Illinois-American Water Co., Sidney’s water supplier. The rate increase went into effect Jan. 1.

Read the full story in the Jan. 12 issue of The County Star.

Building plan on hold for now

Village officials are waiting to hear from Sidney Township representatives before moving forward on plans for a shared building.
The two government entities have been in discussion about building a combined township hall and village hall on the former Sidney Grade School property at the corner of East Byron and South Washington streets.

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