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Dateline Dixon: Boat docks still in works

Bill Brady visits Dixon, brings up Reagan

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:32 p.m. CST

Discussions about boat docks along Dixon's riverfront are expected to continue, after a meeting at City Hall on Monday.

Mayor Jim Burke met with Riverfront Commission Chairman Larry Reed and Rick Curia, CEO of Ken Nelson Toyota, to discuss the docks and ways to reach potential donors and raise the nearly $125,000 needed.

The local dealership and Toyota corporate donated a combined $5,000 to the boat dock program.

Curia said he hoped the initial $5,000 could spark other donations, adding that he thought the docks would be popular among boaters in the Sauk Valley and be beneficial for the downtown businesses.

The Riverfront Commission's boat dock subcommittee is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Dixon Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., to futher discuss fundraising and ways to get the program going.

The proposed plan for the boat dock, which would be along the south side of the Rock River and just east of the Peoria Avenue bridge, includes parking locations for up to 10 boats, in addition to a canoe and kayak launch.

Menus and phone numbers for restaurants that would deliver to the boat docks could also be included.

There's no timeline yet for installation or fundraising, Reed said, but it's unlikely the docks will be installed by this summer. The commission and the city don't want to piecemeal the dock together.

Brady and Reagan

State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, made a campaign stop in Dixon on Monday night, for a meet and greet at Books on First.

Brady is running for the Republican nomination for governor. The primary is March 18.

He talked to residents about his stance on health care, education and taxes, among other issues. I covered most of those in today's edition, but there was something Brady said during an interview after meeting with residents that I couldn't find a place for in the article.

Brady was talking about why he was the most electable of the Republican candidates because he could bring the party's base together.

"If you're going to win as a Republican, you got to be able to bring the party together," Brady said. "Not unlike Ronald Reagan, as I sit here in his hometown, was able to do. You have got to be inclusive, but as the leader, you have got to be able to bring them together."

In the article, I explained why Brady felt he was the most electable, but given Dixon's most famous former resident, I felt I should give the quote life here.

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at or at 815-625-3600, ext. 529. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.

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