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Dateline Dixon: Winter ‘devastated’ city streets, Kuhn says

Commissioner to evaluate how many can be repaired

DIXON – It’s going to be a spring cleaning, of sorts, for Dixon’s roads and sidewalks.

On Friday, Dixon Commissioner Jeff Kuhn will begin driving the streets where residents have asked for repairs. During Monday’s City Council meeting, he announced that the sidewalk program is coming back.

The city could have about $420,000 to repair those streets, Kuhn said, after the city pays for work on other street projects.

Repairing each city block can cost about $15,000.

Kuhn and a city engineer will evaluate all the roads and determine a combination that will allow for the most work to be done.

Grouping work close together can cut down the total cost, he said, adding that he will also try to make sure roads throughout the city are repaired and not clustered in one part of town.

“It’s kind of challenging and fun to do,” Kuhn said. “But it’s also heartbreaking when you have to make a decision [to not repair some].”

The winter’s cold and snow “devastated the streets,” Kuhn said, and street department crews are currently trying to patch as many potholes as it can.

The sidewalk program, Kuhn said, is simple for residents to sign up for.

“Homeowners call the building department at City Hall with their name and address,” he said. “A member of the department will come and determine how much of the sidewalk should be replaced.”

The city worker will then calculate the cost, he said, which is $125 a yard of replaced sidewalk.

The cost for each yard covers the cost of the cement and other materials, in addition to the labor, Kuhn said.

“As soon as you get your check in for the amount, the crew will be over there getting the process started,” Kuhn said. “So I’m glad we can offer it again this year.”

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at mmencarini@saukvalley.com or at 815-625-3600, ext. 5529. Follow him on twitter: @MattMencarini.

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