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Dixon making headway on roadwork, despite on-again/off-again spring

City Council also approves budget

DIXON – The city is moving along with its street resurfacing project and approved its fiscal year 2019 budget Monday.

The City Council plans to spend $4.5 million on resurfacing roads during the next 2 years, a split of $2 million in FY19, which begins May 1, and $2.5 million in FY20.

Work already has begun on the long list of repairs the city needs to catch up on, and Street Department Manager Jim Canterbury said workers are “way ahead of where we need to be,” despite the inconsistent spring weather

Street crews have already resurfaced part of South Dixon Avenue, and West Fourth Street is next.

The project included a mix of funds – federal road dollars, motor fuel tax money and revenue from the city infrastructure tax – and there’s also the goal of saving costs by doing more work in-house.

The council signed off on buying a $110,000 asphalt Zipper nearly a year ago, and city staff recently used it to tear up a stretch of Anchor Road. The machine strips and pulverizes existing roads to prepare them for resurfacing.

“I think it’s going to be a really good tool in our tool box for our resurfacing project,” Canterbury said.

The city also is using in-house crews for the second-floor portion of the remodeling project for City Hall, such as creating a new office for the public works director.

The first-floor portion will be more extensive and will need to be bid out, City Manager Danny Langloss said. That includes knocking out a wall to open up space and putting in a reception desk where visitors can be directed to where they need to go.

“This is a big project, and it’s going to be very good for how we serve our citizens,” Langloss said.

The cost is still being determined, but there’s $200,000 set aside for the project in the FY19 budget.

The city’s total budgeted revenue is $21,982,675 with total expenses at $25,989,134, and the disparity in between is made up of capital projects coming from one-time revenues.

The city’s general fund, its main budget artery, is projected to bring in close to $9.6 million in revenue and pay out about $8.87 million in expenses.

Of the excess, $335,000 will go toward fire pensions, because the amount generated from the tax levy isn’t enough to cover the pension costs, and $415,000 will go into the capital projects fund.

NEXT MEETING

The City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. May 7 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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