Some thoughts for the voters of Sidney to consider when choosing a candidate on Nov. 15.
Do you want: 1) a candidate that lives in Sidney, pays taxes and may or may not have a business in Sidney; 2) a candidate that owns a business but does not live in Sidney; 3) a candidate that owns a revenue property but does not live in Sidney, or; 4) Someone that lives in another municipality but chooses not to serve their own municipality but wants to be on Sidney’s ballot for whatever reason?
It is important to sift through the candidates and decide what you want for Sidney because each of these categories have different agendas.
Non-residents (five candidates) of Sidney go home to their own communities.
Another decision you must make is: 1) do you want an open government where you get to make your voice heard, or; 2) do you want a closed government like we have had in the previous years?
We have only been invited to discuss topics of concern during the third reading when the councilors had already made their decision and our concerns where dismissed.
The business community appears to be well represented but who is standing up for the residents?
Another decision you must make is: do you want high density construction in the form it is now taking (i.e. large house on small lots and taller buildings) and do you want more business, longer hours and hundreds more people in our town?
Do you believe our roads can accommodate this increase and then there is the parking?
Yes every vote counts but it is important you take the time to hear what these candidates are saying. Sidney is at a crossroad and its future is in your hands.