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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Gallaway Returns as Sidney Mayor

Councilman Olsen Selected as Vice-Mayor


December 16, 2020 | View PDF

The Sidney City Council has a change and a continued leadership.

In the Dec. 8 Zoom council meeting, the council approved the verification of votes cast in the Nov. 3 election. The Sidney City Council approved the purchase of a new fire truck for just less than $500,000.

The vote came during the Dec. 8 meeting of the city council. County Clerk Beth Fiegenschuh's certified count shows1,695 votes for Joe Arterburn, 1,896 votes for Burke Radcliffe, 1,089 for Loren Hoekema and 19 scatterings. For the airport authority, 1,946 votes were cast for Jim Price, 1,705 votes for Shannon Odiet, 49 write-in votes for Nic Haas, 79 write-in votes for Jesse Mueller and 154 scatterings. Price is no longer living in Cheyenne County and cannot serve on the Airport Authority Board.

Following the acceptance of the county's clerk's certification of votes, the council was suspended and City Attorney J. Leef managed the meeting for swearing-in of Arterburn and Radcliffe. Following the oath of office, the council was tasked with choosing a mayor and vice-mayor.

"It gives me great pleasure to nominate Roger Gallaway as mayor," councilman Bob Olsen said.

Gallaway said he is not opposed to the nomination, noting there are still issues the council is addressing. A motion was made for nominations to cease and then his nomination was approved unanimously. Olsen was then nominated as the new vice-mayor.

In the Oct. 13 city council meeting, the council gave consent to Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief LaVerne Bown seeking bids for a new fire truck.

The council approved up to $529,984 to purchase a new fire engine in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The truck will replace a 1992 Pierce Lance Class A Fire Engine currently in service.

In October, Bown anticipated three bids for a new truck. In the December 8 meeting, he announced only one bid was received by the Nov. 12 deadline.

Bown said in his presentation to the city council that he expects to get about $40,000 for the current engine. City Manager David Scott said the City may receive grant funding of $50,000 or less as well.

Bown and Scott added the company is offering discounts according to the size of payment.


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