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Dixon Riverfront Commission will meet every other month

Merger with Main Street expected soon

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon Riverfront Commission is expected to merge with Dixon Main Street in the next few weeks, but even after that merger, the commission might continue to meet, its chairman said.

During the Riverfront Commission’s regular meeting Tuesday night, commission members expressed a desire to continue to meet and keep an “eye to future projects,” Chairman Larry Reed said.

The commission will next meet at 6 p.m. March 11, in the Public Safety Building, 220 S. Hennepin Ave. in Dixon, but after that will meet every other month.

In the proposed merger, Main Street would take over the event planning and promotion responsibilities, in addition to others. In a presentation to the Dixon City Council, Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said his organization was in favor of the Riverfront Commission staying intact as an expert group.

The city council will have to place the formal merger contract on file and then approve it at a later city council meeting.

Main Street is expected to take over most of the revenue generating functions of the Riverfront Commission, Reed said, but the commission said it wanted to keep the Dixon Riverfront-branded wine.

Additionally, Reed said the Riverfront Commission will operate “business as usual” until the merger and can still set reservations for events or sell the engraved bricks.

The Riverfront Commission was scheduled to vote on commission officers Tuesday night, Reed said, but will wait until after the merger to make those votes.

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