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Letter to the Editor: Reader: Hickory Square Project Not A Good Idea


February 7, 2018

I see the Chamber is pushing for the Hickory Square project at a cost of $732,000. If this project works like other projects the city has done the cost will double. The city of Sidney is in debt over 14 million dollars and they want to add to it.

They need to ask do we need it and why do we need it? Will it bring back the men and women clothing stores, the shoe stores, the jewelry stores, the variety stores, the soda shop stores and the barber shop stores that used to be downtown? One of the reasons these stores are gone was the lack of support and with Sidney being in decline will there be enough support to support this project?

Sidney needs other project fixed before we need to spend money on a project that will not help. We need our deteriorating streets repaired first.

This project is the work of a couple of people and their idea and one of them is no longer here. It works in other places with more population and it does not work in small places. Maybe they should vote on this and let the tax payers decide if they want it after all the taxpayers have to pay for it when it goes over budget. Let the people decide not a couple individuals.

Jack Schilling, Sidney


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