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Knox Crews Gearing up for Winter Season

City_of_Knox_LogoKnox crews are making the transition into the fall and winter seasons.

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.

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Knox City Council Approves Grant Match for Blight Elimination Program Grant

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council approved a 10 percent match to attempt to get a grant to rid the city of some unsafe homes.

It’s part of the Blight Elimination Program which would assist the city in purchasing homes that are listed as unsafe and blighted and demolish them. The majority of the homes that would be considered for this grant are in the Parkview Heights area.

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Knox City Council Discusses 2015 Salary Ordinance

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council held more discussion on the 2015 salary ordinance during their meeting this week.

Councilman Don Kring had concerns about the budget and making cuts to the budget. He expressed that he wants to see a raise for the employees but he would hate to see things in the budget that would have to be cut because of the raise.

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Fireworks Show a Success in Starke County

 The fireworks show at the Starke County Airport held one week ago today was well attended, according to Knox Mayor Rick Chambers.

Chambers told the Knox City Council members this week that with the fireworks committee’s fundraisers, gate collections, donations from the three county commissioners, several monetary donations from businesses and individuals, the town of Hamlet and a generous donation from the town of North Judson, the only loss the city of Knox will realize is $767. The show was $8,550 and $7,783 was collected.

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Loose Ends Remain with Water Line Project

The Knox City Council last week received an update on the Henry Drive water extension project.

Mayor Rick Chambers stated that while the project is complete there are several loose ends that need to be tied.

“The Henry Drive water line is complete. The street has been paved and one homeowner was not happy with the way his yard was left and I’ll take care of that. Territorial Engineering is still working with Milo to move that original water line because the water superintendent didn’t like the way it was placed. Territorial will be paying that bill. They want to wait until later on this summer when the water levels drop a little bit. That will be taken care of,” explained Chambers.

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Knox City Council Discusses Property Acquisitions

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council agreed to wait on a request to acquire a property in Parkview Heights.

Mayor Rick Chambers got a call from a resident who stated she inherited a trailer from her father’s estate and she moved into it but no longer wants it. She wants to sell the trailer and the property to the city.

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Concrete Bid Approved for 50/50 Sidewalk Program in Knox

The Knox Board of Public Works members approved a bid for the 50/50 sidewalk program in a special meeting on Thursday morning.

The board approved the lowest conforming bid from Covenant Concrete in the amount of $22,395. That includes all 12 properties and the ADA compliant accessible curbs for properties at 55 E. Lake Street, 53 E. Water Street and 707 S. Shield Street. The city is responsible for paying for the ADA accessible curbs.

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Five Residences Still Suffering Frozen Pipes in Knox

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

With the cold temperatures this March, it doesn’t quite feel like spring. That’s especially true for five homes in Knox that still suffer from frozen pipes after the harsh winter, and one resident approached the city council this week asking for some kind of solution to her ice-clogged pipes.

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Knox Fire Department Hoping to Extend Sidewalk

The 50/50 sidewalk replacement project for the city of Knox may include some work for the fire department’s sidewalk near Five Star. Mayor Rick Chambers told the city council this week that the city has received several applications for the sidewalk replacement project, and the fire department recently asked him if the city would consider extending the sidewalk on the west side of the fire department.

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Knox Council Approves Revised Fee Ordinance on Second Reading

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council approved an ordinance revising fees for the Planning Commission this week on its second reading, leaving just one more reading to be approved for the ordinance to take effect. Mayor Rick Chambers told the city council that he recently met with Charles Weaver, executive director of the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, to discuss the proposed maximum commercial permit fee of up to $7500.

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Knox Sidewalk Replacement Program Application Deadline April 16

The application deadline is just over a month away as the city of Knox gears up for their 50/50 sidewalk replacement program. Apply before Wednesday, April 16 for the program that offers a chance for residents to have their sidewalks repaired at half the cost. Any residents suffering from some problematic areas on their sidewalks would benefit from this program, and Mayor Rick Chambers is accepting replacement requests now from homeowners and business owners.

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Knox Council Approves Two Ordinances on First Reading

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 Accepting 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Applications

The city of Knox is gearing up for their 50/50 sidewalk replacement program, offering residents a chance to have their sidewalks repaired at half the cost. Any residents suffering from some problematic areas on their sidewalks would benefit from this program, and Mayor Rick Chambers is accepting replacement requests now from homeowners and business owners. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 16.

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Lift Station Project in Knox Delayed

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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Parking Restricted During Snow Emergencies

As the snow continues to fall on the Kankakee Valley, a number of municipalities have declared snow emergencies and put into place parking restrictions to help facilitate the clearing of snow. Until noon ET on Friday, the town of Winamac has restricted parking, allowing parking only on odd-numbered streets in order to give snow removal crews the room they need to work.

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Knox Council to Join KIRPC in Seeking Brownfield Grant

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 City Council Authorizes New Sgt. Position for Police Department

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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Families and Addiction Seminar Planned for Starke County Residents

Several community groups are teaming up to sponsor a family education and support program on a significant, but often taboo, topic in Starke County. IU Health Starke Hospital, Mayor Rick Chambers and the city of Knox, Moving Starke County Forward, the Starke County Community Corrections Advisory Board and Porter Starke Services present four Families and Addiction programs. They will take place each Tuesday in February from 6 until 7:30 p.m. CST at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Porter Starke Substance Abuse and Addiction Counselor Todd Willis says they wanted to present information in a non-threatening, educational setting.

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Volunteers Needed to Serve on City Committees

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers is looking for volunteers to help with several committees.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Knox Harvest Festival and the Knox Fireworks Committees. The city is looking to bring back the Harvest Festival after a one-year hiatus and needs dedicated people to help make the festival as successful as it has been the past several years.

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