On Thursday, October 8th the Dixon Water Department will begin replacing a leaking water valve located in the intersection of North Galena Avenue and Everett Street. The northbound, outside lane on North Galena from Boyd St. to just past Everett St. will be closed. No through traffic will be permitted onto East Everett Street from Galena Avenue. Access to businesses located on East Everett will remain open via North Ottawa Avenue. The traffic control devices will be set up on Thursday after 1:00pm.
Work on the valve will begin at 1:00am Friday morning and Water Department personnel will remain on the job until the valve is replaced and the road is fully restored and reopened. The total estimated time to completion should not exceed 24 hours.
Please plan ahead as this closure may cause some brief delays in travel. Motorists who prefer to gain access to Galena Avenue with the assistance of a stop light are encouraged to use North Court Street.
Please understand that this work is being performed out of necessity rather than choice and your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please call Rusty Cox at 815-284-3009.
The Dixon Police Department announces the Trick-or-Treat times for children this Halloween Season will be on Saturday, October 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Department will have additional personnel working throughout the evening to assist and monitor the event. Citizens are also asked to illuminate their porch lights if they are participating in handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Any suspicious activity or candy should be reported to the Dixon Police Department at 288-4411. The Department reminds citizens to exercise extreme caution while driving that evening, and he also lists several safety recommendations to make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable one.
On Saturday September 5, 2015, the Dixon Police Department, along with the Lee County Honor Flight for Veterans hosted the 2nd Annual “Bags for the Brave” beanbag tournament. The event took place in the 100 block of West 1st Street, which also included entertainment from Dixon Mainstreet’s “Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival.” The tournament began with opening ceremonies, as 30 local veterans from the WWII and Korean War era were escorted into the festival grounds. The Dixon City Fire Department assisted with displaying a large American flag as the veterans’ procession was taking place. Over 30 teams played in the beanbag tournament, which featured corporate and open league divisions.
Prior to the start of the tournament, it was announced by Lee County Honor Flight’s Rich Sanders that the Dixon Police Department would be an official sponsor of an entire Honor Flight in the spring of 2016, due to the amount of money raised in the event’s first two years. Last year’s fundraiser accumulated just under $16,000, and with donations still coming in for this year, the current amount is nearly $23,000 and climbing! Dixon Police Department’s Aaron Simonton, who helped start the event, said that he was very grateful for the overwhelming support from the nearly 60 sponsors who helped make the event such a success. “Today is a perfect example of how much the citizens and businesses of our community support our veterans, and with this fundraiser, they are doing it in a big way,” said Simonton. “We feel that with the partnership with Dixon Mainstreet, this event will continue to grow and benefit the veterans of Lee County.”