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Dateline Dixon: Park District repairing Lowell Park grills

Former city engineer working with Fehr Graham

DIXON – The Dixon Park District's stone grills at Lowell Park have been removed for repairs.

The grills were "literally falling apart," Executive Director Deb Carey said in an email, and were taken to be repaired using the original limestone.

Park District crews will insert rebar and pins for strength and structural support, Carey said, and the grills will be returned to their former locations.

"These are definitely an important historical aspect of the park, but this will be a long-term project," she wrote. "[We] may not get them repaired until winter."

Ortgiesen lands a job

Former Dixon City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen is now working with Fehr Graham, an engineering firm with locations in Rochelle, Rockford and Freeport.

Ortgiesen resigned from the city in April 2013 after it was revealed that he made personal purchases on a city credit card. He paid back what he owed, with interest, when he left.

Ortgiesen attended a Morrison City Council meeting as a Fehr Graham representative in May.

Streetscape work continues

The downtown streetscape project is now in its third week. On the west side of the project, work will continue on Peoria Avenue, between First and Third streets.

On Peoria Avenue, between Second and Third streets, there will be installation of water services, storm sewers, light pole foundations and electrical conduit, in addition to sidewalks being replaced with temporary sidewalks.

The intersection of Peoria and Second may be partially or completely closed at times for pavement removal and water main installation.

The east side of Peoria, between First and Second, will be closed at times for road work.

On the east side of the project, work is continuing on First Street, between Hennepin and Galena avenues, including water main, street and sidewalk work and the installation of a retaining wall on the south side of the block.

Go to for a map of the streetscape work and closed roads.

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

SVM reporter at Books on First today

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini will have "office hours" from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Books on First, 202 W. First St.

Feel free to stop by and let him know what's on your mind. Is there a story in Dixon you think should be reported? Stop by to share or just to say hi.

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