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Airport buys land to comply with codes

DIXON – The city’s airport is cashing in on federal funds to meet federal guidelines, and in the process, acquire some land.

The airport board will spend $37,900 to buy 3.5 acres adjacent to Charles R. Walgreen Field on state Route 38 from Lincoln Avenue Church of God, board member Al Hill told the City Council on Tuesday.

The land will help the airport meet codes for the size of clear path needed when an airplane approaches a landing strip, Hill said.

The church was considering building on the land, but could not because of the federal codes, and so agreed to sell it to the airport, he said.

The city will pay $1,895, and the federal and state government will pay the rest using airplane fuel tax revenue.

The land also will help the airport board deal with a drainage problem and provide space for additional hangars, should they become necessary. It’s also next to the city garages, meaning the city could use the space.

“We see it as a win-win,” Hill said.

Also Tuesday, commissioners:

– Put a 3-year contract with its water department employees on file for public review for 14 days. They will vote to finalize it July 15.

The contract gives the nine members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 196 a 3 percent raise the first year and 3.5 percent raises in the second and third years.

The pay increases are the same as an agreement with the Dixon police. Negotiations continue with the unions for the firefighters and street department employees.

– OK’d a plan commission recommendation to allow Lee County Animal Control to build a new dog pound in Lee County Business Park. Mayor Jim Burke abstained from the vote, because his real estate office is involved with the property.

– Voted to use $250,000 in motor fuel taxes for street resurfacing. Commissioner Jeff Kuhn said he would announce which streets at the July 15 meeting.

To attend

The Dixon City Council next meets at 6 p.m. July 15 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

Go to and click on "Citizens Information Center," or call City Hall, 815-288-1485, for an agenda.

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