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Concerns about bad riverfront behavior

DIXON – The City Council is concerned that something needs to be done to deter people from behaving badly on the riverfront.

There have been several recent issues with a group of people harassing others at the riverfront, vandalizing concrete, smoking, drinking and being loud and disruptive, Councilman Ryan Marshall said Monday.

The behavior is harmful to the downtown as well as efforts to promote tourism, he said, and they should look into putting up a sign stating expectations for the riverfront. If people don’t follow the rules, they will be asked to leave.

Councilman Mike Venier said it’s an ongoing situation, and they dealt with it last year with constant monitoring. It’s a public space, but it’s special and deserves extra attention, he said.

“It’s a privilege to use that public space,” Venier said. “It needs to be for everybody, not just this small destructive group.”

The Dixon Police Department still is looking for whoever did extensive damage to a riverfront restroom last month. Marshall said it looked like someone took a sledgehammer to the door.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call police at 815-288-4411 or Lee-Ogle Crime Stoppers at 888-228-4488.

Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.

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