Economic Development, budget to be big topics at Sidney City Council meeting

SIDNEY, NE — It is a busy agenda for Sidney's city council for their upcoming meeting Tuesday. 

The group will hear from new Economic Development director Kim Matthews. She will deliver an economic development report to the council. Matthews is also set to present a resolution to the council on designating part of downtown Sidney as a blighted area. 

According to city documents, the designation is needed to be eligible for Community Block Grant Funds for items such as facade improvements. The city council has made the same designation for other parts of town on multiple occasions in years past dating back to the 1990s. 

City manager David Scott will officially present the proposed city budget for the next fiscal year. City council and staff held a workshop last week to prepare the budget. 

Other items on the agenda include the second reading of a rezoning application for land at 1109 Greenwood Rd., a Historic Preservation Board Appointment and a resolution regarding a Municipal Annual Certification of Program Compliance from the Nebraska Department of Transportation.