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.

Resident worried about public safety

Sidney resident Darren Frields came to the village board meeting Monday with concerns about public safety.
Frields said he often seeds motorists speeding, disregarding stop signs and engaging in dangerous behavior on golf carts, four-wheelers, go carts and utility vehicles.
“There is a problem,” Frields said. 

Read the full story in the Nov. 17 issue of The County Star.

Trustees not forcing removal of dog

Sidney resident Gayla Sargent spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting to make a special plea for her dog, Bear, who was classified as a dangerous dog by Champaign County Animal Control in June in connection with the dog escaping her yard and encountering a neighbor dog next door.    

Sidney Town Hall comes down

A landmark building with over 100 years of history was erased from the downtown landscape Aug. 22.

Sidney churches unite for Vacation Bible School

The churches of Sidney hosted VBS Day Camp 2016 for ages 4 years and up, with the theme “Go Tell It on the Mountain!” Aug. 6 at Countryside United Methodist Church. There was a kickoff event with food and games for the whole family on Aug. 5. Day Camp for ages 4 years and up will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6.

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