Knox City Council Attorney David Matsey is looking to draft a Memorandum of Understanding between the city council and the Starke County Commissioners regarding the jail water project.
The council thought that it should be spelled out what every party is responsible for, especially when it comes to payment of vouchers. One question that Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston had was how to pay the vouchers. Would the city need to pay up front and wait a possible 45 days for the county council or commissioners to approve the claims in order to reimburse the city?
Bids for the project will be opened during the Knox Board of Public Works meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Those bids will be taken under advisement until the city attorney has chance to review those for proper bid specifications.
One other aspect the attorneys will be looking into is the county’s request for tax abatement on this project. It is not known whether or not the abatement on the water project is legal since water is a utility.