Knox Council Shifts Funds for K-9 Vehicle

 The Knox City Police Department has funds lined up to buy a patrol vehicle for their K-9 officer. Mayor Dennis Estok says the Chevrolet Tahoe to accommodate the dog and equipment carries a price tag of about $40,000. Last week the Knox Redevelopment Commission pledged $20,000 from the Tax Increment Financing account toward the purchase. The council’s share of the money will come from the city’s share of riverboat gambling proceeds and the Economic Development Income Tax fund. Continue reading

Knox Council Weighs Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Financing Options

Knox Wastewater Treatment PlantThe City of Knox has a few options to pay for upgrades to their aging wastewater treatment plant.

One involves applying for a $600,000 grant from the state Office of Community and Rural Affairs, which requires a $1.3 million local match. The second option is a combination grant and loan from the U.S.D.A. Rural Development program. Engineer Chirag  Patel with Jones Petrie Rafinski told the city council the project must be formally submitted in order to receive consideration for a 45 percent U.S.D.A. grant. Continue reading

Knox Council to Conduct Hearing on Grant Application

Knox Wastewater Treatment PlantThe Knox City Council will conduct a public hearing on a proposed grant application at the start of their meeting tonight. The city is applying for a $600,000 community development block grant from the state Office of Community and Rural Affairs to pay for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. Much of the infrastructure there is more than 20 years old. The grant carries an anticipated local match of $1.3 million. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Unveils Performance Stage Rendering, Seeks Input

Wythogan Park Performance Stage renderingKnox Mayor Dennis Estok is ready to focus on the next planned Wythogan Park improvement. He shared a rendering of the proposed band stage with the city council Tuesday evening. The 18×30 foot structure will sit in the grassy area between the park entrance and the splash pad. Estok wants to use local fieldstones for the retaining walls and columns to mirror the columns at the park’s entrance. Continue reading