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Council OKs Dixon Main Street merger

Streetscape matters to be addressed Monday

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – It’s official: The plan to merge Dixon Main Street and the Riverfront Commission was approved Monday night.

The City Council unanimously voted to approve the merger, which means Main Street will absorb the day-to-day operations of the riverfront, and also will create a new events and marketing coordinator position.

The merger has been in progress since September, when a three-person committee studied Dixon Tourism, Dixon Main Street, and the Riverfront Commission and came up with the recommendation.

Also Monday, the City Council approved an agreement between the city and the Department of Transportation, which would improve state Route 2.

Downtown Streetscape Project

Because of concerns raised by Commissioner Dennis Considine, a discussion about accepting bids for Dixon’s Downtown Streetscape Project turned into a decision to hold a public meeting on Monday.

Considine was concerned that the City Council was leaving undecided important issues that should be resolved before they approve a final plan. Chief among his concerns was the issue of whether to have the parking be diagonal or parallel.

The streetscape work, which would include new sidewalks and roads, is expected to start after Memorial Day and be completed by November.

Engineers from Wendler Engineering Services Inc. and Willett Hofmann will be on-hand at Monday’s meeting to address any lingering concerns, including the parking issue raised by Considine.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m.

State politics update

Currently on recess from Springfield, Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, stopped by the City Council meeting to update citizens on what’s been happening during the spring session down at the Capitol.

While he noted that this year, legislators aren’t having to juggle as many hot-button issues as last year, there are still two very hotly contested, important issues on the agenda – the first being the state’s budget, and the second being the state’s revenue and how to address it.

Demmer talked about the two proposals currently on hand to address the state’s revenue – both of which could alter Illinoisans’ income tax rate. One of the two proposals would be to implement a gradual income tax rate, which would require an amendment to the state’s constitution. The other, he said, would apply a permanent, fixed rate of 5 percent.

To attend

A meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the Downtown Streetscape Project.

Go to discoverdixon.org or call 815-288-1485 for more information.

 

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