The construction of a new facility for an expanding Knox business will remain on schedule after Knox Mayor Dennis Estok administratively authorized the purchase of a lift station to serve the site. City officials previously agreed to run water and sewer lines to the new Traffic Control Specialists, Inc. location west of Toll Brothers and Knox Fertilizer in the industrial park. The company broke ground on the project in November. A May 27th ribbon cutting is scheduled.
Estok’s action was necessary due to a lack of quorum at yesterday’s board of works meeting. Bob Aloi from Territorial Engineering told the members in attendance it needs to be ordered within the next few days so it can be delivered by mid-March. They decided Estok is administratively allowed to follow the previously approved agreement.
The city is using county economic development income tax money to buy and install the lift station and force main. After it’s installed, TCS will maintain the grinder. The Starke County Economic Development Foundation has agreed to pay all engineering costs. Executive Director Charlie Weaver noted they are paid to date.
Traffic Control Systems has outgrown its current location on 300 East between White Flyer and the railroad tracks. The company specializes in work zone safety and is the leading provider of signs and service throughout northern Indiana. TCS currently has 65 employees, most of whom are local. Company officials expect to add at least 22 more when the new facility opens.