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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

City Council Continues Water Agreement

New Water, Waste Water Superintendent Announced


August 17, 2022 | View PDF

The Sidney City Council in its Aug. 9 meeting approved continuing the Joint East Sidney Watershed Authority (JESWA) with the South Platte Natural Resource District.

City Manager David Scott said the partnership with the SPNRD has been successful through the creation, construction phase and completion of the project.

Scott proposed the City Council approve formation of the Sidney Watershed Coalition (SWC). The loan payment would continue as with JESWA at an 80-20 percent split of the semi-annual principal and interest payments with the City responsible for 80 percent of the loan, he said.

The City and SPNRD entered into an agreement in February 2014. Scott said in the January 2022 meeting of the JESWA, City Council and SPNRD, all parties agreed to move forward, and it was in their best interest to continue sharing the loan responsibility.

The council then approved creation of the new Sidney Watershed Coalition (SWC).

The Council then approved an application for the Oktoberfest Parade submitted by Christine Radtke.

The parade, in conjunction with the Oktoberfest celebration, will be 10 a.m. October 1 on Illinois Street from 19th Avenue to 7th Avenue.

The council also approved the annual Municipal Certificate for Street Compliance. Street Superintendent Hank Radtke said the certification is an annual requirement of the State of Nebraska.

The council also approved Mayor Roger Galloway signing a letter of support for the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The last letter of support supported by the City was signed by then-Mayor Joe Arterburn in 2017.

“The rigorous requirements set by this certification process set Sidney apart from other communities that do not participate in the process. I recommend that we seek recertification,” Scott said in his presentation to City Council.

Scott later announced a replacement for Rob Kuhns, who recently stepped down as the Water and Wastewater Supervisor. Taking his place is Joe Talich. Scott said Talich had been Kuhns' second for several years.


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