DIXON – The City Council recently had a work session on creating a business database or registry, but there were concerns about how to implement it.
Councilwoman Mary Oros has spoken for the past few weeks about the need for an updated listing of businesses and contacts, especially when they're trying to get information out on resources as well as updated restrictions and guidelines related to coronavirus.
"There's so much information we need to get out," Oros said, adding that it would be beneficial for the health and fire departments to have such information.
Dixon Fire Chief Ryan Buskohl said they have a business database, but it might not be up to date when there's changes in ownership or primary contacts.
Oros suggested creating a registry where businesses would need to renew their information every year and possibly pay a fee, such as $5.
Mayor Li Arellano Jr. said there wouldn't be an issue with a voluntary registry, but the city likely doesn't have the authority to require businesses to participate and pay a fee like home rule communities. It would be a problem to compel businesses or enforce a requirement, he said.
There were also concerns on whether the list would be public or just for city use.
Councilman Ryan Marshall said it's something that's needed, and they could create a place on the city website for businesses to enter their information.
The council made a consensus to move forward with a directory and work out the details at another time.
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