Group wants to move Sidney Summer Fun Daze to park

SIDNEY – The village's annual summer festival may get a new home.

Sidney Summer Fun Daze, which is organized by the Sidney Improvement Group, has been held downtown for the last five years. Sidney Improvement Group member Keith Kropp approached the village board Monday to ask about the possibility of moving the event to Witt Park, which is in the northwest corner of the village.

Sidney Summer Fun Daze typically features a carnival, a beer tent north of the Sidney Town Hall and a car show on David Street. This year, the food vendors and flea market lined up along East Byron Street, and the carnival was at the corner of Byron and Washington streets, about two blocks from the car show and beer tent.

"It (Witt Park) is in one spot, so there would be one cleanup," Kropp said. "There will be less work barricading streets and parking cars."

Trustee Charles Day objected to the possibility of automobiles from the car show being parked on ball diamonds. Day feared that parking cars on the fields would cause ruts and that consequently kids playing there would get hurt.

"They (cars) are going to be leaving indentations," he said. "Topsoil doesn't withstand several thousand pounds."

Village President John Finn supported the idea, saying that the park would provide more lighting.

"I think it would be more child-safe out there," Finn said. "I think it'd be a good move. This event helps this community out immensely."

Sidney Improvement Group members noted that the move is only a possibility and that they just want to have it available as an option. All village board members voted to give them that option except Day.

In other business

Storage facility plans discussed. The board heard from Supervisor of Operations Earl Bennett about plans to build a storage facility for equipment and supplies that had been housed in the village's former water treatment plant, which was recently razed.

The village is currently renting a storage trailer for the items. Bennett presented the board with three quotes for a building with a rock floor.

The board tabled the matter until its next meeting.

Saloon gets OK to drive stakes in street. The board agreed to let the Sidney Saloon drive stakes into Byron Street for a tent during the business's annual poker run on Sept. 6.

"I'm not for putting any holes in the pavement," said Trustee Cory Willard. "I don't want to open up a floodgate for everyone that has a party."

Day suggested letting the saloon put the tent on the street this year on a trial basis.

"The good thing about this is it will keep it (the poker run) close to their business," Finn said.

Trustee Larry Pridemore agreed, noting that the poker run raises funds to develop the town's parks.

"It's been a good program, a positive program for a good cause," Pridemore said.

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