Funding for the proposed new restroom and concession stand on the east side of Wythogan Park cleared a big hurdle during Tuesday’s Knox City Council meeting. Members voted to spend $24,000 from the economic development income tax fund to pay for the project, despite opposition from Councilman Tim Manns . On Monday the Knox Redevelopment Commission pledged $12,000 to the project. Mayor Dennis Estok says Danny Kajer of Kajer Construction has agreed to donate the labor for the project if the city pays for the materials.
The new concession stand and restroom will be located between the splash pad and the new band stage, which is just east of the park entrance. Estok says the DNR will have to issue a permit before work can begin on the project. Walkerton-based Territorial Engineering has drawn up the necessary plans, and the application should be submitted next week.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated the council’s vote was unanimous. That was incorrect, as Councilman Tim Manns voted against the expenditure. WKVI News apologizes to Councilman Manns and regrets any confusion our error may have caused.