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Mayor's Welcome

Council Meetings:
2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30 PM
Council Workshop:
1st Monday 6:30 PM

Mike Barhorst, Mayor, At-Large

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Dear Web Visitor:

On behalf of the City Council of the City of Sidney, our staff, and the residents of our great community, I welcome you to the City of Sidney’s web site. Whether this is your first visit or you are a frequent browser, I hope that this “visit” to our community will not only be informative, but give you reason to want to visit the City of Sidney in person.

The City of Sidney has a proud heritage. The village was platted in 1819, and the first log cabin was hewn that same year.  The seat of county government was moved to Sidney the following year, and the village eventually became a city.

From those humble beginnings as a crossroads village, the city has become home to more than 21,000 residents, and is a full-service provider to area citizens. The following departments provide services to our citizens: Police, Fire (including Emergency Medical Service), Water, Sewer, Public Works (Engineering, Streets, Graceland Cemetery), Transportation (Shelby Public Transit and Municipal Airport), Parks and Recreation, Planning and Community Development.  Additional information about each of these departments and the services they provide can be found within this web site.



Sidney is a manufacturing center, with more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other city in Ohio.  In fact, we have a net influx of more than 5,000 workers every work day, and we have good paying jobs that go unfilled.  Whether you are a skilled laborer or are a degreed professional, I would invite you to consider building your future here.

With the continued efforts of the Shelby County Commissioners, the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership, City Council and our fine staff, the City of Sidney continues to build for the future.  We are currently expending $12.5M improving our wastewater treatment plant and $25M improving our water system.  Both projects will enable the City to continue to respond to the needs of our local businesses and industries as they continue to grow.

Sidney will observe its bicentennial in 2020. Plans are already underway for that year-long celebration.  This year, we will host the first biennial Civil War Living History Weekend (September 17-18).  The Friday evening concert series on the Courthouse lawn remains popular, as does the July 4th Celebration and the annual Shelby County Fair.  

Whether you are a new visitor to Sidney, or have stopped here many times, know that you are welcome.  We firmly believe the future is bright and Sidney continues to be a great place to visit, work, worship and raise a family.  If a member of City Council, the staff, or I can be of assistance to you, don’t hesitate to contact us at 937.498.8143. 

Finally, City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays (excepting holidays) of each month in regular session at the City Hall. We welcome your input and participation at our meetings. You may also email questions to us through the City Clerk’s Office (

Again, welcome and enjoy your stay with us!

Mike Barhorst

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