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Fund far short of money for docks

Raising $153,000 needed to be topic of Saturday meeting

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Funding remains the obstacle to adding docks at Riverfront Heritage Crossing.

A Riverfront Commission subcommittee made up of boating enthusiasts and commission members will meet for the first time Saturday at Dixon Main Street to talk about the project moving forward, Chairman Larry Reed said. Fundraising will be a focus.

The project, which was heavily discussed last summer at Riverfront meetings, would cost about $153,000: $82,305 for the docks, $42,500 for a vertical anchoring system and $28,000 for labor.

With just $4,665 in the Riverfront’s boat dock fund, the project still is a “work in progress,” Reed said.

“Funding is a big key issue. We have to decide how we’re going to go at it, and if we should go at it slowly and build just a portion of it.”

Obtaining grants has been talked about at past commission meetings.

The design plan created in July 2012 calls for a dock with room for 13 boats extending west of the stone stairs at the center of Heritage Crossing toward the Peoria Avenue bridge. It would have five slips with room for a boat to anchor on either side and a wider platform with room for a boat on either side and one at the top.

A $2,000 canoe shoot, not included in the estimate, could be added to the plan, Reed said.

A portion of the “MidSummer’s Drawdown,” a joint fundraiser between the Riverfront and Main Street to be held July 20 at Heritage Crossing, will go toward the dock fund.

Two meetings coming up

The Riverfront Commission's boat dock subcommittee meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Dixon Main Street Office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave.

The commission's regular meeting is at 6 tonight at City Hall, 121 W. Second St. Among other things, members will discuss the city's study on consolidating Dixon Main Street and Dixon Tourism.

Go to www.discoverdixon.org or call 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

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