DIXON – If you were wondering why there were no American flags in downtown Dixon or along the Galena Avenue bridge for the Fourth of July, you weren’t the only one.
During Monday night’s Dixon City Council meeting, Commissioner Dennis Considine asked Commissioner Coleen Brechon, City Administrator David Nord and other city staff about the lack of flags.
“The Fourth of July is usually the celebration of the American flag and our independence,” Considine said. “And I didn’t see one American flag on the bridge or downtown or any of the business districts. And I’m wondering why.”
Brechon, the commissioner of public property, said she made the decision to not put up flags.
“Most of the streets were torn up [from the streetscape project] ... except for a short section on the west side of First Street,” she said, adding that there wasn’t enough room on the bridge for the flags the city has.
Brechon said she’s already had discussions with Curt Phillips, superintendent of public property, about how city can add flags to the bridges next year.
The City Council approved a petition to vacate the alley behind 1712 Factory St.
According to the city, Phillip MacRunnels, of Dixon, wants to remove a garage and other buildings on his property there.
Vacating the alley allows MacRunnels to remove the garage and build a bigger one, according to the city.
The Dixon Plan Commission previously approved the petition.
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