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Hey Dixon, What Issues Do You Want to Talk About in 2013?

Tell us what you want us to cover in the comments below, and share this story with your friends and family in town.

Now that the holidays are behind us, we want to take a moment to look forward at 2013 to see what we should be covering. 

We editors took a bit of time off during the holidays to relax with family and recharge our batteries, but now we’re back, and we really want you to guide our coverage going forward.

So Dixon, what should we be covering in 2013? Whether it’s a simple news tip or a broad issue or subject, please tell us what local issues you want to discuss in the months that lie ahead.

The three of us (Justin, Cody and Josh) are here to converse with you in the comments below this article.  

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Justin Cox (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Please know that we absolutely cannot cover everything in town, which is why we want to focus on the most important stuff. Feel free to tell us why you think your issue is important to Dixonites. It'll help us as we move forward.
Randy Davis January 03, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Please get back to almost daily postings of the Police Log.
Joshua Middlehaven January 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
It's hard to take anyone seriously who starts a sentence with "Us editors". So perhaps you could start with a discussion about the lack of suitable grammar education in today's schools.
Justin Cox (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Noted and fixed. Thanks, Joshua. Have a nice day.
Greg Coppes January 03, 2013 at 05:58 PM
The city council meetings need better coverage. It wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on the planning commission also. You could start by finding out why the audio is horrible on the TV broad cast. We sometimes have 15 to 20 people at the Legion hall watching at the beginning. It drops off rapidly do to the audio being irritating.
Gary Erwin January 04, 2013 at 01:29 AM
The Audio problems can be overcome with an equipment upgrade and additional training. First remind everyone using a microphone not to “crowd” the microphone. Keep 6” to 12” between your lips and the microphone capsule. Unplug all un necessary microphones. Often I’ve seen one council member use two microphones, this is not necessary. A system upgrade would also help out. Buy a Dugan MY16 Auto mix card and install it into a Yamaha O1V96I digital mixer. Equipment costs about 4k install of said would be additional. The Dugan card would automatically mix the microphones. This card is used by most major Broadway, Television and Commercial productions. The card mixes the show and gives the operator time to tweak the system for optimal performance. The Yamaha mixer would give you a pristine audio output for the Council Chamber as well the webcast. Test the current chamber speakers to make sure that they are performing properly, have repairs made as necessary. Have the audio contractor teach several technicians on the use of the system after the system is back up and running with the new components. Select a good contractor to do the work, because you get what you pay for.
Greg Coppes January 04, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Well they aren't going to upgrade anything. I have been told that all it would take was to train the current operator. Perhaps even a remote sound test would work. So the technician could here how bad the sound is. The video isn't that great ether, but we can live with that it's the sound that is important.
Gary Erwin January 04, 2013 at 02:14 AM
I agree that training is important. My observations have been that one person is responsible for several duties. Audio, Video, Graphic computer hook up etc. If properly trained and having some experience one person can handle the job. Lack of proper training or new at the job can be a real issue. The equipment mentioned prior would give an experienced operator more time to make things perfect. Equipping an inexperienced operator with the same equipment would bury them. I am hesitant to blame the operator because I have often seen underpaid overworked inexperienced operators in positions like we are talking about. Trust me when I tell you that sometimes as an operator you just want to hide because things are not right and you can’t make it right because you don’t have what you need to make it right.
Bil Paul January 04, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Are the council meetings carried on AT&T cable? I was looking through the AT&T channel guide today and Dixon wasn't listed. Other nearby cities were, such as Davis.
Greg Coppes January 04, 2013 at 04:17 PM
We watch them on WAVE TV at the hall
Gary Erwin January 04, 2013 at 08:30 PM
If they invite me to help I would help in this matter. I'd be available prior to the next City Council Meeting. I think some very important info should be coming to light at that meeting.
Greg Coppes January 04, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Gary you know that would be great. The tech hasn't been very receptive to offers of help in the past, nor was the previous city manager. There are always things that the community needs to know about at city council meetings. What reporting that is done is usually just the the high lights of what the reporter finds of interest. The planning commission seems to fly under the radar all together. Some of the most important decisions for Dixon are framed there.
Gary Erwin January 04, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Greg, I understand and agree with you on your points. I will get in touch and volunteer to help as best I can. As I get older I appreciate clean intelligible audio. When I was young I could accept and adjust to less than perfect sound. I’m spoiled now and know the difference, what is possible and how to get there. Let’s see if they are open to a bit of help.
Greg Coppes January 04, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Jacks sound is the clearest most nights you can at least understand what he is saying. Birds it almost as good some garbling from time to time, for the most part you can understand him. Jerry's comes and goes has inconsistent volume. Sometimes you can't understand what he is trying to saying because the sound is garbled. Thom's is about 50 50. It also has very inconsistent volume. It's pretty bad on some nights. Dane's is the worst. It's so bad people have ask me if he is drunk.. Garbled almost all the time no volume or so much it will blow you out of the room. Most times you can't make out what he is saying.I tell them It's not his fault when I'm at the meetings he is very clear.

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