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Focus will change in merger

Group will shift to long-term planning

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 4:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 5:10 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Riverfront Commission will still exist, even if it is merged with Dixon Main Street.

Day-to-day operations of Heritage Crossing, however, will no longer be their business, said Chairman Larry Reed at Tuesday’s meeting.

The commission will instead focus on future projects and development of the entire Riverfront, Reed said.

Instead of regular monthly meetings, the commission could meet quarterly too, he said.

Reed spoke to the commission Tuesday about a recent recommendation made by Police Chief Danny Langloss, who headed the Economic/Community Development Task Force.

That recommendation called for a merger of the Riverfront Commission and Main Street. Both groups have said in the past they would be in favor of consolidation.

That could come when a city administrator is hired. A final candidate could be chosen by the end of next week.

“Talking to [Police Chief Danny] Langloss [special assistant to the City Council], everything is on hold until an administrator is brought on board,” Reed said. “The administrator is going to be in charge of coordinating everything.”

Under this arrangement, Main Street would be responsible for all aspects of the rental of Heritage Crossing.

Also, the executive director of Heritage Crossing, a post held by Kay Miller, would be eliminated. Josh Albrecht, executive director at Main Street, would be in charge of managing and scheduling events there.

John Groshans, maintenance director of Heritage Crossing, would remain as an employee of Main Street and retain his regular duties. The city would be responsible for making a plan to take over maintenance of Heritage Crossing within the next year.

The City Council has not taken any official action on these recommendations yet.

In other items, the Riverfront Commission requested $500 for new brochures from the Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Grant Program and will meet with Dixon Tourism to talk about a three-sided message board at Heritage Crossing.

The commission voted in favor of buying a 40-by-26 foot bronze plaque at an estimated cost of $2,989. The plaque will recognize those who donated to the construction of Heritage Crossing. The money for the plaque will be taken from the foundation account, which has a balance of $35,184.46.

Additionally, $14.65 was collected in coins from the Heritage Crossing fountain. Two $33 light bulbs were damaged as a result of people walking in the fountain, Groshans said. He asked people stay out of the fountain.

 

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