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Council approves Depot Avenue work, swears in new member

Councilman Mike Venier, left, and Mayor Li Arellano Jr., right, were sworn in Monday to their second terms in office, as well as new Councilwoman Mary Oros.
Councilman Mike Venier, left, and Mayor Li Arellano Jr., right, were sworn in Monday to their second terms in office, as well as new Councilwoman Mary Oros.

DIXON – The City Council recently approved nearly $1 million of work for repairs and resurfacing for Depot Avenue.

Street resurfacing will run from West Third Street to Nachusa and Woodlawn avenues and then extend for part of College Avenue. City Manager Danny Langloss said they also plan to install new sidewalk and curb and gutter work around Sixth and Seventh streets.

The city budgeted $1.1 million for the project, and the City Council approved a contract Monday for Martin & Co. Excavating to do the work for $977,540 as well as Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental to do construction designs for around $76,000.

The Depot Avenue improvement project has been retooled several times in the last few years as the council has switched gears on what funds to use for the work and what sections to repair.

The city opted to fund the project through its half percent infrastructure tax rather than state or federal funds because the latter would cost more and take longer to complete.

The Depot contract also includes paving the Meadows Park parking lot for the new Water Wonderland splash pad, and that cost, about $85,850, will be reimbursed by the Dixon Park District.

The Park District and city are hoping to open the splash pad at the end of June, and Langloss said they’ve raised about $81,000 in community donations plus about $25,000 in pledges, but there’s still $35,000 more that they’re hoping to raise for the project, which likely will total around $550,000.

The council also welcomed new Councilwoman Mary Oros to its ranks.

Oros is an agent at Harrison Insurance Agency and motivational speaker for the United Way of Lee County.

Mayor Li Arellano Jr. and Councilman Mike Venier were also sworn in to their second terms.

Next meeting

The City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. May 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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