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Dateline Dixon: Portable toilets go ... portable

Park District: Cost to keep them was too high

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:35 a.m. CDT

If you walk through Haymarket Square, you might notice something, or a lack of something. There are no portable toilets.

There were portable toilets there in the past, but they were removed recently after the Dixon farmers market was moved from the park to the riverfront.

The toilets are too expensive to have in a park or location that won’t have a group of people for a long time, said Deb Carey, executive director of the Dixon Park District.

In fact, it wasn’t until 10 years ago, she said, that the park district started having portable toilets in parks when there wasn’t a major event going on.

The portable toilets in Haymarket Square were locked during the winter and when the farmers market wasn’t going on, Carey said, adding that she knows the availability of them is something people like to have.

The park district’s budget for portable toilets is $5,500 a year, she said, and will cover the portable toilets at The Meadows, Ballou Park and E.C. Smith Park, in addition to some placed near flushable toilet facilities in the winter or before the water can be turned on.

“Unfortunately, the rest of the small neighborhood parks don’t have them,” Carey said.

In other Dixon Park District news, the splash pad, 251 Custer Ave., is now open. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week.

The Dixon Municipal Band’s first concert of the season will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at Page Park.

The band’s other concerts next month, all at 7:30 p.m. at Page Park, will be June 12, 19 and 26.

The band will play five concerts in July and possibly one in August.

The deadline to enter the Dixon Business Competition is 4:30 p.m. Friday. Entrepreneurs can enter their summary business plans in the competition for $10,000 in no-strings-attached cash prizes, free commercial rent, and professional advisory support.

Business plans will be confidentially scored by a panel of judges. Entries must be delivered to the mayor’s office at City Hall. 121 W. Second St. Details and a summary plan outline can be viewed at www.dixonbusinesscompetition.com.

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