Cleanup efforts at the old Knox laundromat continue as the Knox City Council this week heard an update from Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston who explained the contractor is still hauling out washers, dryers, and scrap from the old building. However, while the cleanup efforts can continue during the winter, Mayor Rick Chambers said the city will have to wait for warmer weather before completing the demolition. He said he’s hopeful that the building can be removed without damaging the nearby trees.
The contractor had previously stumbled upon a cache of copper that the city had not expected – a bountiful boon for the city, as the copper will sell at a decent price and bring more coin to the city’s coffers. Councilman Greg Matt said the company responsible for the demolishing of the building should post a bond, because they are not registered with the city.
Chambers also informed the council that the Phoenix House project and the Claybaugh lift station will be discussed at the next Board of Works meeting. He said Rick Lewallen from Territorial Engineering will also be on hand at the meeting to give an overview of the lift station project, including the option of a self-contained lift station.