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In Dixon, citywide savings could be $880K

Temporary liquor license hours extended

DIXON – Dixon residents could save about $160 this year on their electricity bill, thanks to municipal aggregation, a commissioner said.

During the election in April 2013, Dixon voters approved giving their city government the power to negotiate for lower electricity rates, which is also known as municipal aggregation.

It was the third time the choice had been put to city voters, with the first two getting voted down.

Commissioner Dave Blackburn said compared to the recent ComEd rate increase – up to about 7.6 cents a kilowatt hour – Dixon residents will play 23 percent less – about 5.85 cents a kilowatt hour – with the city-negotiated deal with Verde Energy, based on information he was given by Rock River Energy Services.

With an estimated 5,500 households in Dixon, the citywide savings could reach $880,000, Blackburn said, adding that the rate is frozen through July 2015 and residents who opted out of the Verde rate last year can join anytime they want.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the City Council unanimously approved changes to the temporary liquor license available for Heritage Crossing on the riverfront.

The most significant change allows for liquor sales to begin at 8 a.m. instead of 11 a.m., for single-day liquor licenses, which are granted by a City Council vote.

The single-day license previously had parameters of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for sales, said City Attorney Rob LeSage, and Mayor Jim Burke, as the city’s liquor license commissioner, could allow for shorter sales time, but not a longer time.

The change stemmed from a local garden group’s interest in holding a riverfront fundraiser, which could include a breakfast and alcoholic beverages. The requested hours weren’t allowed before Monday night’s change.

All temporary liquor licenses must still be approved by the City Council.

The other change to the temporary liquor license ordinance replaced the Dixon Riverfront Commission as the leasee with Dixon Main Street, which took over the day-to-day operations of the riverfront in April.

The City Council also approved three items relating to the Petunia Festival: temporarily closing a portion of state Route 26; regulating street traffic; and establishing the festivals boundary to allow for open alcohol containers.

The 50th annual Petunia Festival will be held from July 2-6.

Next meeting

The Dixon City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. June 16 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers.

Go to or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

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