Sidney, a fast-growing, picturesque central Maine town of just over four thousand people, is located between Augusta and Waterville along the west side of the Kennebec River. Sidney was settled in the 1760's as part of Vassalboro and was incorporated as a town on January 30, 1792. The town was named for Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) who was English poet, courtier and soldier, and is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan Age.
Once an agricultural community known especially for its production of hay and apples, Sidney is still home to working farms and retains its rural character. Sidney's original nineteen schoolhouses have been replaced by the highly respected James H. Bean Elementary School that is part of the Messalonskee School District. Bordered on the west by Messalonskee Lake, Sidney is a welcoming community that offers recreational opportunities, successful businesses, an excellent education for its children, and friendly neighbors!
Town Farm Road Culvert Project:
A culvert replacement project will begin week in late August. A portion of the road will be closed to through traffic for approximately four weeks. The portion that will be closed will be between 300 Town Farm Road (Nivision property) to 282 Town Farm Road (Morse property).
Unpaid 2017 Taxes begin accruing interest October 1st.
The Sidney Town Office will be CLOSED on Monday, October 9, 2017 in observance of Columbus Day. The Selectboard will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm to the end of business. The Code Enforcement Officer will be in his office on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting an Obsolete Pesticide Collection Program in October. Registration is required; no drop-ins accepted. Register by September 30, 2017. Sites in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta, and Portland. FMI and to register: www.thinkfirstspraylast.org or 207-287-2731.
RSU#18 will hold Public Hearings regarding the November Bond Referendum on the following dates and at the following locations:
Monday, Oct 23, 2017 - China Middle School (for China residents), 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 - James H. Bean School (for Sidney residents), 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 - Belgrade Central School (for Belgrade and Rome residents), 6:00 pm
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 - Messalonskee High School PAC (for Oakland residents), 6:00 pm
There are many residents that have hit upon hard times and are in need of heating aid. These people are employed and they generally are not eligible for General Assistance. By the generosity of those in better circumstances these families can be helped by the Town of Sidney Heat Fund. In order to keep this fund available we are asking for your help in donating what you can. Please make the check out to Town of Sidney and mail to 2986 Middle Road, Sidney, ME 04330 or stop by the Town Office and drop off what you can. We thank you in advance for your generosity.