DIXON – The city plans to demolish its Oakwood Cemetery building that is past the stage of repairs and build a new one through a rural development loan.
The current structure is 50 years old, and although there have been many temporary repairs over the years, the building is not suitable for renovations, said Tom Houck, vice president of Willett, Hofmann and Associates.
The Dixon City Council had a public hearing earlier this week as it pursues a rural development loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Direct Grant and Loan Program.
The project will total approximately $1.35 million, including $70,000 for demolition, $250,000 for site work, $760,000 for the new building, $100,000 for professional services and $175,000 for contingencies.
The building serves as a meeting area for visitors, equipment storage, break room and change room, restrooms, work area for equipment, and dirt storage.
It’s in disrepair, undersized for city needs, not handicapped accessible, and has no air conditioning, Houck said.
The new building will be moved further to the edge of the cemetery, and the site of the demolished building will be used for more plots.
The 9,100 square foot upgrade will include heating and air conditioning, as well as adequate storage and workspaces. There will also be a paved road and a parking lot.
The loan will be repaid over 40 years at an interest rate of 3.5%.