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Knox Council Approves Two Ordinances on First Reading

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: March 1st, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week tentatively approved the first readings of two ordinances, but expressed their intent to revise those ordinances before passing them on their second or third readings. The council first discussed the revised fees ordinance for the Planning Commission that replaced the entirety of the fees laid out previously.

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City of Knox Pursuing “Hardest Hit” Grant for Parkview

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 28th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved the purchase of five lots in Parkview Heights, each of which was up for tax sale in the county but, because it was up for tax sale previously and did not sell, the city was able to purchase the properties for $35 each from the county. The city has acquired more than a dozen properties in the neighborhood, and Mayor Rick Chambers said the city is looking into options as far as what they can do to improve Parkview Heights and make it a safer place to live.

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Knox Council Approves Purchase of Parkview Lots

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 27th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved a resolution purchasing five lots in Parkview Heights. City attorney David Matsey said the county has already approved a resolution and this resolution for the city is strongly based on the county’s version.

The properties the city will acquire in Parkview are located at 322 Spruce Street , 424 and 426 Maple Street, and a parcel on Clark Street. The Spruce Street house is actually located on two lots. The parcels will be purchased for a cost of $35 per property, and the city council has expressed interest in using those properties – and other properties in Parkview Heights that the city has acquired over the years – to benefit the city.

The council approved a motion purchasing the lots.

Knox City Council Approves Additional CR300E Project Expense

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 26th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved a motion declaring the County Road 300 East reconstruction endeavor as a economic development project to allow the city to pay for an unexpected expense out of the County Economic Development Income Tax Fund. Charles Weaver, executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Commission, approached the council and explained that part of the reconstruction of County Road 300 East from Culver Road to west of the city, a number of fire hydrants will have to be relocated.

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Knox City Council to Meet Tomorrow Night

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 24th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will meet in a regular session tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Knox City Hall to discuss a number of items, including the proposed flood plan ordinance, revision of the fees ordinance for the planning commission, and a zoning ordinance amendment, as well as discussion with Neighborhood Development Associates regarding a feasibility study for Parkview Heights.

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Starke County to Sell Parkview Properties to City of Knox

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 21st, 2014

With the city of Knox having expressed interest in purchasing five lots in the Parkview Heights area for an “urban renewal” effort, the Starke County Commissioners this week expressed their approval of the idea by passing a resolution affirming that the city be allowed to purchase the tax lien certificates. The city council has become interested in the properties after the five lots were not purchased in the previous tax sale, coming up again this year.

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Knox Council Discusses Flood Plan Ordinance

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 15th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved a new flood plan ordinance on its first reading as required by FEMA in order for residents to be able to acquire flood insurance. Mayor Rick Chambers explained that the city has been required to update their current plan and the state provided a sample ordinance that could be adapted to suit the city’s needs.

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Lift Station Project in Knox Delayed

By: Anita Goodan
Published: February 5th, 2014

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

City officials expected the lift station project at the corner of Clabaugh and U.S. 35 in Knox to be complete by now, but several issues have delayed the completion of the project.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers stated that the new pumps are operational but there are a few issues that are being addressed.

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Knox Council to Join KIRPC in Seeking Brownfield Grant

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 3rd, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week approved a motion to join the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission in applying for a Brownfield grant. KIRPC requested the city join them in applying at no cost to the city, and with no effect on the city’s grant pool.

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Knox Council Approves New Hope Proclamation

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: February 1st, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council this week proclaimed each Tuesday in February “New Hope for Families Days,” urging all citizens of the community to participate in all efforts to make Knox and Starke County a model of a healthy community.

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Knox Council Approves Fire Contract for Center Township

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: January 31st, 2014

The Knox City Council this week approved the fire contract for Center Township but tabled the contract between Center and Jackson townships for fire service. Fire Chief Kenny Pfost was present at the city council meeting Tuesday night and reviewed the contracts at the request of Mayor Rick Chambers, and said he found a problem in the agreement between the townships.

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Knox City Council Authorizes New Sgt. Position for Police Department

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: January 30th, 2014

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

Knox City Police Chief Clint Norem

The Knox City Council authorized the creation of a new rank for the Knox City Police Department. During their regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Chambers explained to the council that police chief Clint Norem is requesting another rank of sergeant in the department, making a total of two sergeant positions.

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Knox City Council Approves Bonds for Toll Brothers

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: January 29th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox Economic Development Commission last night held a public hearing to discuss a proposed refunding of outstanding bonds of the city of Knox and the financing of economic development facilities for Toll Brothers. No members of the audience spoke out against the idea, and Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charles Weaver was present to explain the benefits of their proposal.

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Knox Park Board Gives OK for $5 Fee

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: January 25th, 2014

Wythogan Park

Wythogan Park

The Knox Park Board has given the go-ahead for park officials to begin charging $5 per child to use the park’s fields for scheduled games or practices, once per season. The Knox City Council had previously discussed options to increase revenue for the park department, and Ray Stephenson with the park board told the council that they are considering charging a fee for children to use the fields for practices or games, and said a $5 charge per child would go a long way in funding some of the park’s maintenance.

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