As Mayor of the City of Sidney, I am pleased to welcome you to our community. Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to learn more about our municipality.
Sidney is a wonderful place to visit, to live, play, work, worship and raise a family. The county seat of Shelby County, the courthouse is located in the heart of our historic downtown. Identified as one of the country's 100 finest county courthouses, it is surrounded by other iconic buildings.
They include The Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association building, The Spot restaurant, and The Monumental Building. The Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association building was designed by Louis Sullivan, the "Father of Modernism." The building is considered the finest and best preserved example of his "jewel box bank" buildings, and is still used by the organization for which it was constructed.
Known for grinding its hamburger fresh daily as well as for their fresh-baked pies, The Spot restaurant has repeatedly made national lists of the most iconic restaurant in the state of Ohio. Ohio's governors have been known to stop and eat, and President George W. Bush stopped for both a burger and a pie during his presidential campaign in 2004. A fine example of the streamlined Art Moderne architectural style with its smooth, unornamented wall surface faced with gleaming white porcelain tile, a mid-century modern neon sign still hanging over the front door remains the Spot trademark.
Following the Civil War, Sidney leaders were the first in Ohio to construct a memorial hall dedicated to the memory of the 325 "Shelby County boys" who lost their lives in the Civil War. The Monumental Building was designed to honor the past while simultaneously serving the community. It became the center of both government and cultural life, housing the mayor's office, the fire and police departments, the water works, the Clinton Township Trustees, the library, and the Grand Army of the Republic. In addition, the third floor contained a large opera hall.
Heart of the Community
The only city in Shelby County, Sidney is a center of manufacturing. In fact, there are more manufacturing jobs per capita in Sidney than in any other city in Ohio. From our beautiful downtown to our schools, our tremendous park system, unparalleled community services and our inherent sense of volunteerism, Sidney has something for everyone to discover and enjoy.
In fact, Sidney's charm and hospitality is the result of the remarkable people who call Sidney home. Sidney will celebrate her bicentennial in 2020, While times have changed, the friendliness and hospitality that recall a simpler time remain the heart of our community.
The community continues to grow and change. A 48-tap, craft beer bar-restaurant recently opened in downtown Sidney, and at least two additional establishments are scheduled to open in the coming year. Ground is scheduled to be broken on a new Marriott Towne Place Suites hotel yet this year. Sidney has been named one of the country's Top 100 Micropolitans for the past three years.
As a full-service community, Sidney is responsive to its citizens and businesses. Sidney not only takes care of its needs for today, we continue to build for a better tomorrow so that we can be well-prepared for the changes ahead that will affect our citizens and the entire region.
Again, welcome to the City of Sidney. Enjoy your visit, and come back again often.