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Dateline Dixon: Raising funds for riverfront

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 11:15 a.m. CDT
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Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at mmencarini@saukvalley.com or at 815-284-2224, ext. 229. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.

The Dixon Riverfront Commission met Tuesday night in Dixon, and among the topics expected to be discussed were two revenue sources and a draft of a grant.

I couldn’t cover the meeting, because it was going on at the same time the Dixon City Council was hiring David Nord as the first city administrator.

But I talked to Riverfront Commission Chairman Larry Reed before the meeting. He was set to announce that another round of selling engraved bricks – also known as pavers – along the riverfront was going to begin.

The bricks, depending on size, go for $250, $275 and $325. Each size has a different number of lines of text and characters per line. They can be ordered now through May 16, with nearly 80 percent of the payment going directly to the Riverfront Commission, for maintenance and repairs to equipment, Reed said.

The rest of the price, he said, goes to the cost of having the bricks engraved.

As of Tuesday, $68,458 worth of bricks had been sold during the six previous sales, Reed said, which means about $54,766 to the riverfront.

Reed also planned to update the commission on the Dixon Riverfront branded wine, being sold at Crystal Cork, 219 W. First St. Profits from the moscato wine, much like the engraved bricks, will go to riverfront maintenance.

“This is ideal for the holidays, with wine sales,” Reed said. “It’s something that we encourage people to do.”

So far, proceeds from the $20 branded bottles have contributed about $2,313 to the riverfront, Reed said.

Representatives from the commission recently met with officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Reed said, to get feedback on a grant application.

The application draft included a boat ramp that residents could potentially use to commute, via the Rock River, to Dixon’s riverfront, Reed said, but that aspect will be removed before the grant is formally submitted.

The grant is designated more for recreational purposes, so the commission’s application will include a proposal for a canoe and kayak launch and improvements to make the riverfront more accessible to handicapped and disabled persons.

A boat ramp for transportation will be something the commission will continue to pursue, Reed said, but costs will have to be covered by another funding source.

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at mmencarini@saukvalley.com or at 815-284-2224, ext. 229. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.

Office hours

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini will have "office hours" from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Books on First, 202 W. First St.

Feel free to stop by and let him know what's on your mind. Is there a story in Dixon you think should be reported? Stop by to share or just to say hi.

Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at mmencarini@saukvalley.com or at 815-284-2224, ext. 226. Follow him on Twitter: @MattMencarini.

More information

To buy an engraved paver, go to www.DixonRiverfront.net or call Kay Miller at 815-440-7742.

The Dixon Riverfront Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers.

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