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Recently planted trees in path of streetscape work

Trees will be relocated to different spots

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Larry McCormick dumps a load of soil onto a Flowering Snowdrift Crab tree along Peoria Avenue in downtown Dixon.

DIXON – Trees planted in downtown Dixon on Monday will have to be moved.

Throughout the city, the Dixon tree commission has been replacing trees that have died as a result of the harsh winter and recent droughts. Seven of those trees are in the area of downtown included in the streetscape project, according to Carol Chandler of the tree commission.

The tree commission “got their signals crossed,” City Administrator David Nord said, and mistakenly planted the trees.

The trees will be moved to other parts of the city in the next 3 weeks, Chandler said, adding that she has already contacted other members of the tree commission to find spaces.

If there isn’t space in the city, which Chandler said is unlikely, the trees will be moved to the nursery by the city’s wasterwater treatment plant.

The downtown streetscape project is set to begin work after Memorial Day. It will replace streets and sidewalks downtown, add some landscaping elements, create a small park at Peoria Avenue and First Street, and add parking, among other elements.

Last week, the Dixon City Council awarded the streetscape contract to Fischer Excavating Inc., of Freeport, for $5,776,273. A portion of the work will be paid for by KSB Hospital.

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