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Getting ready for the Lovett fest in Dixon

New firefighters take their oaths

DIXON – The City Council on Monday unanimously approved three items specifically pertaining to the music festival in August, featuring Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.

The left-turn lanes on the Galena Avenue Bridge will be closed, parking will be allowed on parts of River Street and Hennepin Avenue, and the city’s liquor code will be amended to allow for open containers of alcohol in designated areas of the festival grounds.

The 2-day festival, Aug. 3-4, will commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the downtown riverfront development. Lovett and his band will perform on Day 2.

The council awarded the contract for hot-mix asphalt street maintenance work to Universal Asphalt & Excavating Inc., of LaSalle, for $375,846.77, which is more than $50,000 less than the city’s original estimate.

The city will use money from the motor fuel tax and other local funds to pay for the street maintenance. 

Two new Dixon firefighters took their oaths of office at the meeting.

Mark Palacz, 30, of Chicago started work with the department June 9. Eric Bergemann, 24, of Arlington Heights started Monday.

Both plan to move to the area, Fire Chief Tim Shipman said.

The Dixon Sister Cities Association will be able to store flags, books and other items in an office in the basement of City Hall, after the council approved a 1-year lease agreement.

The association will pay $1 for the year, City Administrator David Nord said.

Next meeting

The Dixon City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. July 7 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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