I agree with John VanDyke from Harmon, who wrote the letter on June 12 [“City should straighten out its priorities”] about the parking hogs in Dixon. You know who you are; the driver who feels the need to take two spaces instead of one when parking your car in downtown Dixon, not giving a thought to the next person who might need a spot to park.
What happened to the officer who used to walk around town every 2 hours enforcing the parking laws? Did the city run out of money to pay him? In addition, where are the officers watching out for cars speeding coming in or out of town? What happened to the funds that are supposed to be used to keep our streets safe? With school just around the corner, is that the only time to watch for speeding cars?
There is the problem of people not using their lights when the weather calls for it. In the Rules of the Road that we receive in drivers ed, it states that you should use your lights when required. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen cars driving around town without lights on and the officers of Dixon have paid them no mind. Why is it that none of the law enforcement agencies around here enforce this law?
Another issue that we have been facing is when a police officer is not doing his job – like when a car in the left-turn lane on the corners of Peoria Avenue and First Street decides to go straight instead of turning left like he should have done. The officer just continues to sit at the light as the car drives away.
Are our financial problems being caused by the people collecting a paycheck not doing their job?