City Council Approves Request to Seek Housing Grant

Knox City Council (L to R) Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg, Ron Parker, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Mayor Rick Chambers, Attorney David Matsey, Ed Blue and Greg Matt

Mayor Rick Chambers asked the Knox City Council members this week for permission to apply for a housing grant.

“I’ve been in contact with K-IRPC to seek a housing grant. We had one three years ago and we ended up getting about $65,000. The Council matched that with 10%. We applied originally for $150,000 and it was cut several times. So, I’m again seeking a housing grant and I’m asking for a 10% match up to $150,000. K-IRPC needs to know that we are willing to do a 10% match before they can go any farther with this grant process.”

The first grant allowed repairs to be done on eight homes. Mayor Chambers was asked what type of work was done on the homes.

“They did a roof on one, a furnace in one and they did windows in one. It was a big help.”

The Council members voted unanimously to pursue the grant.