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Two new members elected

Board President Ost ousted after 14 years

DIXON – Richard Koenig said it’s time for a change on the park district board.

Koenig, 65, is one of two new members joining the Dixon Park District board after Tuesday’s election. Board President William Ost was not re-elected after serving 14 years on the board.

With two seats open, incumbent Shane Miller tallied the most votes with 1,622, good for 44.72 percent, while Koenig had 1,026 for 28.29 percent. Ost had 979 for 26.99 percent.

Brett Schmall ran unopposed for a 2-year seat.

Koenig said the biggest change he wants to make is to communicate more openly to residents.

“People are going to have my email and my address. I’m going to be an open book,” Koenig said. “From the input I received from my friends and the people I know in Dixon, they wanted to see more communication in the park district.”

All candidates vying for a seat said they understood the park board would be working with a tight budget.

Miller, 41, listed completing an extreme mountain biking trail, boat docks for kayakers, improvements in the dog park and more baseball diamonds as projects he’d like to see tackled.

Koenig said he wasn’t ready to give up on the Memorial Pool renovation and said he would like to see more efforts geared toward youths.

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