SIDNEY - The Sidney City Council convened for the first time in the new year Tuesday night. 

Pending review from the city attorney, council members approved a herbicide and fertilizer seasonal services contract with Cranmore Lawn & Land Services for application to city parks, green spaces and other city properties. 

The city's park department added 55 acres of park land last year, according to Superintendent Tom Von Seggern. He says, historically, city staff sprayed for weeds and fertilized city properties each season, but city staff decided spraying and fertilizing should be done by a commercial applicator with appropriate credentials. 

The agreement allows for an option of four one-year extensions through 2026. Seasonal payments will total $71,135.60, a department expense that was accounted for during the city's budgeting preparations. 

Cranmore's contract was last voted on and approved by council in March 2020. 

Council also approved a pair of liquor licenses. One for Beans and Steams Coffee House on 610 Glover Rd and another for the former Two J's liquor retail location at 1500 Illinois Street. 

Paul Strommen, with MSW Liquor, LLC, told council members they're planning on reopening the former Two J's downtown retail store with a new name by mid-March.

City Manager David Scott noted council meetings can now be streamed on Youtube. Residents can access the link on the city website.

Councilman Brad Sherman announced the Sidney Elk's Lodge is raising funds to replace the Christmas lights above the downtown businesses and recruit more building owners to add lights to their structures.