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Meetings called off because of weather

Dixon will reschedule; Sterling won’t

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Dixon and Sterling city councils didn’t meet Monday night because of the severe cold weather.

Additionally, Dixon City Hall and Dixon Library were closed, and the city’s support personnel were told to stay home. Emergency personnel with Dixon’s police and fire departments were working, and the streets and water departments were on call if needed, Mayor Jim Burke said.

The Dixon City Council is expected to meet later this week, Burke said, but no date has been set.

The Sterling City Council doesn’t expect to reschedule its first meeting of 2014, Mayor Skip Lee said, unless it discovers it’s required by law to do so, which the mayor didn’t believe it was.

Sterling City Council had no new business on its agenda, only consent agenda items that are approved with one vote, so Lee didn’t see the need to have the meeting given the weather, he said.

The lone ordinance on the consent agenda, to go along with the approval of the minutes and bills and payroll, was to extend the special-use permit on the proposed sports complex for 1 year.

When the Dixon City Council meets, it will receive an audit presentation from Wipfli for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The City Council will also vote on hospital board appointments and place on file an engineering agreement for work on the Palmyra Street water main.

The wind chill Monday dipped as low as 40 below, and some electricity service in Dixon was out for several hours after a power line fell at 6:10 a.m., according to ComEd. All power had been restored around 11:30 a.m., Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss said.

In anticipation of the weather, Burke decided about 9 p.m. Sunday to close City Hall after he had spoken with Langloss.

The Hospice of the Rock River Valley was closed in Dixon on Monday, and nurses were on call for patients’ needs. The Lee County Health Department was also closed.

“I’m glad we did it,” Burke said. “... I didn’t want to be the only operation in town closed down. ... I think we made the right decision with it.”

City Hall will be open today, Burke said.

As of Monday, the Rock Falls City Council meeting was expected to be held at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St., Mayor Bill Wescott said, adding that a decision to cancel was still possible.

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