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Dixon Park District not expected to repair parking lot

District office repairs will wait, too

DIXON – Budget restrictions will likely prevent the Dixon Park District from making repairs to the parking lot at its main office, the executive director said.

The park district got an estimate to repair the gravel and rock parking lot, which had holes and ruts develop, but Executive Director Deb Carey said there isn't any money in the budget for the nearly $31,000 that was estimated for the repairs.

The estimate was for the parking area near Palmyra Street, Carey said, and another portion of the lot that takes cars back out to the street.

The issue was discussed during the park board's regular meeting Wednesday.

"We got an estimate, which was probably a very good and fair estimate," Carey said. "But we don't have that money in the budget."

If the park district was to make the repairs itself, she said, it could save about $9,000.

The park district's budget for the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, is $1,332,595, Carey said, adding that next fiscal year's budget is projected to be $1,295,328.

Carpeting in the park district's office also needs to be repaired, Carey said, but just like the parking lot it will have to wait until money becomes available in the budget.

The park district board also approved a lease with Dixon Petunia Festival to use Page Park on July 14, Carey said.

Petunia Fest will pay the park district $1 to rent a portion of the park, according to the lease, from Peoria Avenue to the baseball fields, but not including the fields.

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