Street Superintendent Jeff Borg told the Board of Works members this week that crews are prepping the leaf vac for leaf pickup beginning Oct. 14. The street sweeper will be operation for just a little while longer before they need to winterize the machine for storage during the off season.
Borg also reported that it’s almost the end of the season for grass and brush cutting by the department. Storm water improvements are ongoing on a line on Lake Street by the Knights of Columbus building that is prone to flooding.
In addition to that report, Wastewater Superintendent Kelly Clemons said her crews are working on replacing manhole lids and rings to prevent rain water from leaking and being processed in the wastewater plant. Rain water should retreat down a storm water system so it doesn’t infiltrate the wastewater treatment plant and create unnecessary wear and tear on the equipment. During a heavy rain event, the treatment facility could treat up to 1 million gallons as opposed to the normal flow of 300,000 gallons.
Knox Mayor Rick Chambers noted that the downtown area needs to be addressed as a lot of the rain water from that area runs into the treatment facility.