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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

City Council Considers Blight Zones


February 2, 2022 | View PDF

What areas of Sidney should be defined as "blighted," and what areas should be removed from the blighted definition?

That is a question proposed to the Sidney City Council on Jan. 26.

Bobbi Pettit, Five Rule Rural Planning of Kearney, explained to the city council with City Manager David Scott how the city can have no more than 33 percent of the city defined as blighted.

Pettit said cities like Sidney need to consider when to designate an area blighted, and when to "de-blight" a neighborhood. A blighted designation helps the city in receiving grants for development.

The council also approved, on second reading, two rezoning petitions by Broc and Taffani Dye and by Brian and Mandi Raffelson. Both properties will be rezoned from A (Agriculture) to AR (Agriculture Residential).

The council also approved purchases for the Landfill, and the Electricity Department.

Finance Director Lane Kizzire talked with the council about broadcast equipment in the Council room. At issue is getting technology up-to-date enough to consistently broadcast city council meetings.

The Council also received the quarterly Chamber of Commerce report from Chamber of Commerce President/CEO McKailie Carnahan-Kuhns.


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