Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dixon to begin repairs to Baker Park walking trail

J-E News Editor
Dixon Commission agreed on Monday night to begin repairs to the walking trail at Baker Park. 

Earlier this year the city applied for a grant that would pay to repair the popular walking path, but it now appears that money might not be available until 2015. The nearly mile long trail, which was built around 1990, suffered severely during last winter’s extended cold periods.
Director of Public Work, Jamie Harkins, will begin working to make repairs to the trail, filling cracks and resealing the asphalt piece by piece in hopes of preserving it until the grant money comes through.
In other business, the commission voted to purchase several Maroon banners, which it will put up on the fifth of every month in support of the Webster County School Districts ‘Maroon-5 Days’. School Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough has encouraged students and staff to wear maroon on any day of the month that ends in a five, and she has also asked businesses and residents in the county to do the same.
The commission also set their tax rate for the year. They chose to go with the compensating rate, which is designed to maintain the city at the same level of income as last year. For most of the county the compensating rate has actually resulted in a minor reduction to taxes, but in Dixon it will keep taxes exactly the same. The rate for both real properties and personal properties will be 14.6 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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