Knox Mayor Rick Chambers this week gave the city council updates on several projects currently in the works for the city, including the lift station and Phoenix House projects.
Chambers said the sewer project is moving along after the council at their previous meeting approved an additional appropriation of $140,000 for the project. Now, he said six bid packets have been picked up from the city and they’re waiting to hear back from bidders for the project, which entails installing a new lift station near the South Side Fire Station. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston said the lift station is a necessity for the city to allow for present and future growth in the area as the current system is antiquated and no longer suit’s the city’s needs.
Chambers also told the council that the Phoenix House project should be done soon. The city will soon install a new water tap for the house, and while the cost for such a procedure is $700 by ordinance, the city is considering charging the house only $500 to cover the cost of the tap itself.
The Knox Street Department also issued a paving list to Chambers, which he passed along to the council members for their review, allowing the list to be discussed at length at their next meeting. Chambers said the street department will hold off on paving Pacific Avenue because of the County Road 300 East project which is still in the works as well.