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State of Sidney gives context to residents

 

Brandon L. Summers

Ed Sadler, Sidney City Manager, speaks about the many new and upcoming efforts to improve the city, including removing old business signs and maintaining the city's streets, at Tuesday's State of Sidney meeting, held at Applebee's.

A State of Sidney meeting Wednesday, hosted by the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce, gave residents context about some of the larger city and state efforts underway to improve the community.

Ed Sadler, Sidney city manager, spoke on several new and upcoming efforts, including a program to remove old signs from long-closed businesses.

"There are a lot of signs in town up in disrepair that are for businesses that haven't existed for years," Sadler said. "It makes the town look tired. It's not how we put our best foot forward."

He added, "If we are really going to attract businesses, believe me, they care."

Sadler also spoke about the new truck routes, a part of the city's priority to take care of its streets.

Many of the city's streets are "chip and seal," comprising several layers of tar and rock.

"Most of your streets are nothing but five or six layers of that, on dirt," he said. "It's hard to take care of them and it's a lot of money to build them right. We need to take care of them as best we can."

City-wide building inspections will start in April, Sadler said.

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