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Dixon to consider new use for wastewaster treatment facility

Budget, Main Street merger also on agenda

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 9:38 a.m. CDT

DIXON – During a work session before its regular meeting tonight, the Dixon City Council will hear a presentation about a potential new use for its wastewater treatment facility.

Lance Schideman, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois, will talk to the council about a pilot plant that could turn human waste into algae and then into oil, Mayor Jim Burke said Friday.

In December, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory said its researchers had turned algae into crude oil.

If the technology of turning human waste into algae proves true, Burke said, municipalities across the country will want add those plants to their current wastewater treatment facilities.

“The end game, if it’s feasible, is to make the wastewater treatment facility a source of income,” Burke said. “That would be the real endgame.”

Burke said he and other city officials have had several meetings with Schideman and others involved with the technology. The mayor wanted to get the City Council involved, he said, and then cautiously proceed with discussions.

Agenda items

During the regular meeting, the City Council will vote to place on file its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The City Council and departments heads began budget workshops in January and can approve the budget later this month.

Also, the merger between Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Riverfront Commission could be finalized tonight.

Under the terms of the proposed merger, Main Street would absorb the majority of the riverfront commission’s duties, including the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the riverfront.

Main Street will hire a events and marketing coordinator, with some of the salary and benefits being paid by the city.

To attend

The Dixon City Council will meet for a work session at 5:30 tonight in City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers.

The regular City Council meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

Go to www.DiscoverDixon.org or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

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