Sidney

Water system sale plan put in motion

 The village is taking the first steps toward selling its water system.
The village board hired Farnsworth Group to prepare a proposal for preparing bid packets to sell the system.
Under the Small System Viability Act, a large utility can acquire a system like Sidney’s at fair market value. The legislation sunsets in mid-2018.


Sidney Summer Fun Daze coming

 This year’s Sidney Summer Fun Daze will feature more seating, more parking and a new bike giveaway.
The demolition of the town hall building has eliminated the main indoor venue for the event. The area where the building used to stand will now have more picnic tables available for people to sit and rest.

Read the full story in the July 20 issue of The County Star.


Training teaches about AirLife helicopter safety

A total of 20 firefighters from local departments joined in the AirLife Landing Zone (LZ) training on June 24 in Sidney.
Members from Homer, Longview, St. Joseph-Stanton and Sidney fire departments were present. Lt. Grant Bennett of the Sidney fire department and the AirLife staff organized the training.

Read the full story in the July 13 issue of The County Star.


VBS fun

The Sidney churches presented “Getting S’More of Jesus” vacation Bible school for ages 4 years and up on June 9 and June at the Sidney Christian Church. A cookout was held on June 9, and a VBS day camp was held on June 10.


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.


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