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Dateline Dixon: Strategic planning could resume in 2 months

David Nord (left) shakes hands with DIxon Mayor Jim Burke after being sworn in Nov. 12 as the new city administrator.
David Nord (left) shakes hands with DIxon Mayor Jim Burke after being sworn in Nov. 12 as the new city administrator.

The city’s strategic planning could restart in about 2 months, the mayor said this week.

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said the discussions with Sikich, a Naperville company the city contracted for $31,400, likely will resume after newly hired City Administrator David Nord gets settled into the job.

Nord’s first day at work was Nov. 13, and both he and Burke have said it will take a few months until the new city administrator gains the knowledge needed to lead the city government.

The strategic planning is a way for the city to look ahead 5 or 10 years to see where it’s going and where it wants to go, Burke said. The same thing is being done in Whiteside County.

Once the planning is active again, there will be a time for public meetings, giving Dixon residents another opportunity to influence the city’s future.

The city sought public comment on how to best use the money recovered from the sale of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s property and the settlement with CliftonLarsonAllen, Janis Card and Associates, and Fifth Third Bank.

Dixon also will have public meetings after Jan. 1 to get public input on the downtown streetscape project.

Lost on the cutting room floor

This is, I believe, my fourth Dateline Dixon column. And during my time covering Dixon and taking over this column, I have been thinking about how to use it.

I think one of the best uses of your time, my time, and this space is to provide you with some details, tidbits or quotes for the previous week that didn’t make it into an article, be it for space, time or relevance reasons.

There is a lot that doesn’t make it into an article – quotes from sources, information from documents and notes I took during an interview. Often these pieces of information aren’t newsworthy or relevant to what I’m writing.

But sometimes, interesting things can get cut, and I want to use this column to give them life. So each week, I’ll try to include a few pieces I had to cut.

When I sat down with Dr. Joseph Welty last week to talk about his being named the state’s Family Physician of the Year by the Illinois Academy of of Family Physicians, we talked for a good portion of the interview about his marathon running.

He’s run 10 marathons, he said, and his personal best was during last year’s Boston Marathon, which he has run four times. Welty ran a 3:39:00, but missed the 3:38:20 mark to be invited to next year’s marathon by 40 seconds.

On Monday, Dixon Finance Director Paula Meyer said the city has received nearly all of the $40 million from the Crundwell lawsuit settlement. She was waiting on a check for approximately $3 million, the last of those funds.

The money from the sale of Crundwell’s property likely will be received by the end of the year, she said.

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

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