City looks for food vendors for horse auction
DIXON – Over the course of 2 days, the majority of Rita Crundwell’s horses will be sold in a live auction.
The auction company expects more than 1,500 registered bidders plus general members of the public – and they’ll all need to eat.
The city of Dixon has taken on the responsibility of arranging food vendors for the 2-day auction at its former comptroller’s horse ranch on Red Brick Road.
The council fired Crundwell after federal prosecutors charged her with federal wire fraud connected to what they say is the misappropriation of $53 million in city funds.
The proceeds from the auction, if she is convicted, would go to the city as restitution.
From the food vendors, the city also would charge an override percentage or fee, which has yet to be determined, according to a letter from Mayor Jim Burke outlining the city’s expectations and requesting proposals.
Food vendors have until Sept. 15 to submit proposals to the mayor’s office via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at City Hall, 121 W. Second St. The auction is Sept. 23 and 24.
“The objective is to provide good reliable service and quality food to the public at reasonable prices and profitable to the vendors,” Burke said in the letter.
The vendors would be expected to provide food from 8 a.m., about an hour after shuttles taking visitors from parking spots around town to the ranch start running, to 7 p.m. when the auction ends.
The Dixon City Council meets next at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.
Agendas and minutes are available at www.discoverdixon.org under “City Documents and Downloads” at the top of the page, or call City Hall, 815-288-1485.