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Knox Mayor Gives Update to City Council

Published: July 25th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers informed the city council this week that a new crossing guard is needed for the new school year. It’s a part time position and the candidate will be required to assist children in the morning and in the afternoon at the intersection at Main Street and Culver Road all school year. Any interested candidates can call the mayor’s office at 772-4553.

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Knox Mayor Gets Questions about Golf Cart Ordinance

Published: June 30th, 2014

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the city council members in a recent meeting that he has been approached about driving gators, an off-road vehicle, in the city limits.

He said the city’s ordinance is pretty clear, although more research will be done to see if it needs updated.

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Donations Coming in for Fireworks Celebration in Starke County

Published: June 26th, 2014

The fireworks celebration hosted by the city of Knox is scheduled for July 5 at the Starke County Airport.

A recent fundraiser at Downtown Depot raised $1,562 and business donations have totaled $1,976 so far. Another fundraiser is scheduled for this Friday, June 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT at the Knox Moose Family Center. The Starke County Commissioners personally donated money toward the event as well as the town of Hamlet and the town of North Judson.

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Knox City Council Members Discuss Tall Grass Ordinance

Published: June 26th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members were presented with changes to the ordinance pertaining to the removal of weeds and other rank vegetation.

One change would amend the administrator of the notices to the Knox Board of Public Works instead of the clerk-treasurer’s office. Another change amends the way the notices are delivered. The notices don’t have to be sent by certified mail anymore which would cut down on expenses. The letter may be sent by first class mail to the owner or an officer with the police department can deliver it.

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Knox Water Line Project to Close Road in Front of Post Office

Published: June 25th, 2014

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers updated the city council members last night about a water line project in front of the U.S. Post Office that is expected to that road for today only.

Street department crews, water department crews and sewer department crews will tackle the project on Washington Street between Shield Street and Portland Street. Mayor Chambers said Water Superintendent Todd Gardner believes this will help decrease the freezing pipe issues in that area.

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Road to Close for Water Line Work in Knox

Published: June 24th, 2014

Knox Water Department crews will be working on a water line in front of the U.S. Post Office and that street will need to be closed in order to make the necessary repairs.

According to Mayor Rick Chambers, the work will begin on Wednesday on Washington Street at the intersection of Bower Street. The entire length of Washington Street from Shield Street to Portland Street will be closed throughout most of the day on Wednesday.

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Busy Knox Intersection to Close at Various Times This Week

Published: June 17th, 2014

Work continues to improve roads and other upgrades in the Industrial Park in Knox.

With that, Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said 300 East and Culver Road will be closed at various times this week for the installment of a gas line in that area. Millers Construction will be performing the work and the travel interruption is only expected to affect this one week.

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Notices Sent to Knox Residents for Unkept Vegetation

Published: June 14th, 2014

 Officials from the city of Knox have sent out notices to several residents who have failed to keep vegetation at a manageable level on their property within city limits.

An ordinance states that “the owners of real property in the city shall cut and remove weeds and other rank vegetation growing on their property. The term “property” includes a parkway, that non hard-surfaced area laying between a sidewalk and a street, lane or roadway.”

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Knox City Council to Revisit Outdoor Storage Ordinance

Published: June 10th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members will again be discussing the outdoor storage ordinance during their meeting tonight.

The ordinance was sent back to the Knox Plan Commission after the council’s last meeting. The council members thought that the ordinance was like a blanket ordinance and didn’t fit each business as they are different in the way they operate. The council wanted wording to allow for a business owner to go before the Knox Board of Zoning Appeals to request a special use for outdoor storage at their business as each case is different.

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Knox City Council to Meet in Special Session

Published: May 27th, 2014

The Knox City Council will meet in regular session tonight where the council members will once again look at the outdoor storage ordinance that has come back from the plan commission.

Building Commissioner Bruce Williams told WKVI that the ordinance has not changed from what the council previously reviewed. Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the council members at their last meeting that same thing and it just has to have final action.

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Knox Board of Public Works Opens Sidewalk Bids

Published: May 9th, 2014

The Knox Board of Public Works opened bids Thursday for the 50/50 sidewalk program.

There was no quorum, but the bids will be taken under advisement and awarded at a special meeting on May 15.

Two bids were submitted by Pete Kuchel Concrete and Covenant Concrete. The residences that were submitted for bid include 104 S. Pearl St., 703 S. Pearl St., 307 S. Main St., 604 S. Main Street, 703 Delamatyr, 705 E. Washington St., 707 S. Shield St., 102 Water Street, 402 S. Pearl St., 356 E. Mound, 55 Lake Street and 53 E. Water Street.

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Water Line Project for New Jail Complete

Published: April 24th, 2014
This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Knox Board of Public Works received an update on the water project for the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said the project should be complete today.

“The weather has finally broken so we have gotten caught up,” explained Chambers. “The contractor has gotten in there and pretty much finished his job. The water line has been de-sanitized and pressure checked. There will be some additional work to be done. The line will have to be moved – it’s been deflected too much so we will go in and correct that problem, but should be up and operational within the next day or so.”

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Knox City Council to Review Proposed Street Paving List

Published: April 14th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members were given a proposed street paving list when they met last week.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers noted that he received the list from Street Superintendent Jeff Borg and the council is expected to review the list and approve it at a future meeting.

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Snowmobile Ordinance in Effect in Knox

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: December 28th, 2013

With Christmas behind us and the new year ahead, snow in the Kankakee Valley has, for the most part, melted away, but there’s sure to be more snow on the way. With the soft blanket of snow soon to be on the ground once again, many residents are itching to get their snowmobiles out for some winter fun. However, the city of Knox and other municipalities have ordinances on the books regulating the use of snowmobiles, so it’s wise to check with your local officials to ensure you are obeying the law.

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Crews to Demolish Buildings on Main Street in Knox

Published: September 24th, 2013
This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

This is the old Knox theater and Starke County Economic Development Foundation location

Crews are set to demolish the old Knox theater and the structure that formerly housed the Starke County Economic Development Foundation’s office.

The demolition will begin at 6:30 a.m. today at 2 and 4 N. Main Street in Knox. Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told WKVI that crews will take one day to completely knock down the building and they will take three days to remove the rubble.

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Bower Street Crossing Still Under Repair

Published: September 18th, 2013

The Bower Street railroad crossing remains under construction.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the city council last week that that railroad crossing has been closed for a month. The rail has been fixed but now the crew is having trouble with the foundation. The crew will be digging up ballasts and stone to repair the area. Ties are already set to be installed at the crossing.

It’s anticipated that the crossing will open in the next couple of weeks.

Stove Issue to Be Addressed at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Published: September 16th, 2013

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers told the Knox City Council last week that the stove in the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center is going to be replaced.

He stated that the last time he was in the community center, he smelled gas and the culprit was the stove. The doors leading in and out of the kitchen cause the pilot light to go out and this instance wasn’t the first time it had happened. He commented that the stove really didn’t work that well in the first place.

Chambers noted that the stove is commercial-grade and a similar stove will be installed.

In more maintenance issues at the community center, the hot water tank leaked and damaged some electronics on the floor in the building. That issue has been addressed and remedied.

Knox Unsung Hero Award Recipient to Be Recognized Sept. 24

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: September 13th, 2013

 While the winner has been chosen for this year’s Unsung Hero/Random Act of Kindness Award, Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said he will not be announcing the winner until he or she has been recognized during the city council’s next meeting on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Chambers said the regular meeting will start at 7:15 p.m. to allow a short recognition ceremony prior to the meeting, to thank the award recipient.

The committee believes that the candidate is very deserving of the award, especially with what the award winner has done for the community.

The big celebration that was planned at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center has been canceled for Sept. 15 and Chambers said the only recognition ceremony will take place at the meeting of the Knox City Council.

Unsung Hero Award Winner Chosen

Published: September 9th, 2013

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

A winner of the Unsung Hero/Random Act of Kindness Award has been chosen, but we won’t know who it is until Knox Mayor Rick Chambers has a chance to thank that person in a special ceremony in the Mayor’s office at Knox City Hall.

That ceremony has not yet been scheduled but it will be announced as time gets closer.

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Knox Mayor Updates Council on Various Projects

By: WKVI Information Center
Published: August 31st, 2013

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers gave the city council an update on a few things he has been working on for the city, including housing and demolition grants. Chambers explained the council had previously authorized him in July to seek a housing grant for $195,500, and the city was awarded the grant last week. Since the council has already approved the city’s matching funds for the grant, Chambers said he needed their approval at the meeting to sign the official resolution.

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