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Dixon: A growing city – Annexation plans move forward

City council also discusses zoning requests

DIXON – The City Council reviewed a handful of annexations and zoning requests on tap in various stages at Monday's meeting.

Lee County Jail

The council approved the county's request for a special-use permit to build the Lee County Jail at a new site in the industrial park rather than attaching it to the Lee County Courts Building.

The Plan Commission signed off on that proposal Jan. 25, and the county aims to construct a law enforcement center of 36,000 to 38,000 square feet at 240 E. Progress Drive on about 3 acres of land it owns between Lee County Animal Control and the Lee-Ogle Transportation System.

Sheriff John Simonton has said the new site will be easier to build on and is likely to reduce the cost of the jail.

Plans include building an 80-bed jail with a mezzanine level and an observation tower in the middle along with a sally port and space for sheriff's department and patrol and investigations operations.

Veterans Memorial Park

The council referred its petition to annex in its own land at the Veterans Memorial Park to the Plan Commission.

There's an empty lot in the 400 block of North Lincoln Avenue that was donated to the park, and the plans are to construct a building to house a military museum, shop and storage.

The land never was annexed into the city, and it also needs to be rezoned with a special use for a museum, City Manager Danny Langloss said.

New IT company

Dixon resident Justin Wiggins is looking to annex his property at 2014 Lowell Park Road into city limits and establish an IT/computer equipment business, Wiggins Computing.

Wiggins petitioned the county to rezone the property for the business, and being on the edge of city limits, the City Council objected to the petition last month arguing that he shouldn't be able to compete with city businesses without annexing.

It will go to the Plan Commission for a recommendation before returning to the council.

Machine shop

Zigler's Machine & Metal Works officially annexed about 85 acres of Palmyra Road into the city limits – the council approved authorizing the annexation in October and gave a final approval Monday.

The computer numeric control machine shop with grinding operations, welding and assembly expanded operations in April and moved into the former Secure Recycling Services at 629 Palmyra Road.

In return for annexing, the city has agreed to abate the company's property taxes for the next 7 years for the business property, sitting on about 9 acres, and abate taxes on the remaining farmland for 20 years.

NEXT MEETING

The City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

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

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