We’re more than a third of the way through 2019, but some Pulaski County officials are still trying to pay bills out of the 2018 budget. More than $10,000 in encumbrances were presented to the county council for approval Monday.Continue reading
With money remaining from the Blight Elimination Grant, Knox officials are looking for a few more eye sores to get rid of within the city limits.
In his report during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston stated that about $36,000 is left over from that grant.
Mayor Dennis Estok added that they can afford to eliminate two more structures and encouraged anyone who owns a blighted or abandoned building to contact his office as soon as possible. Continue reading
The Knox Board of Public Works members were made aware of another unsafe structure in downtown Knox.
The Medaryville Town Council members took action last week to waive a lien against a Medaryville property demolished as part of a blight elimination grant in Pulaski County.
A downtown North Judson building is on the verge of collapsing. That’s what Town Attorney Justin Schramm told the town council Thursday. Council members met for an emergency session, after neighbors reported that a portion of the building at 205 and 207 Lane Street had collapsed in on itself earlier in the day. Continue reading
The North Judson Town Council plans to apply for a state grant to help offset the cost of removing a downtown building. During a special-called meeting last Thursday council members voted to proceed with the blight elimination grant application from the state Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Continue reading
Knox residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on a proposed tax increase tonight before the city council takes final action. Continue reading
Efforts to demolish uninhabitable houses in Knox are picking up speed. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council Tuesday two of the four homes purchased by the city as part of a blight elimination grant have been torn down. Continue reading
Knox Mayor Dennis Estok says the city can do a better job with code enforcement. Efforts have been stepped up recently to address unsafe buildings. During Monday evening’s town hall meeting, Estok said structures that can’t be rehabilitated are ordered to be torn down.
So far four houses have been razed with money from a blight elimination grant. Another four are under contract for demolition, and the city is seeking approval for two more. Continue reading
The City of Knox is making progress in the quest to clean up dilapidated houses. Mayor Dennis Estok told the board of works last week the first four houses acquired from willing sellers with blight elimination grant funds have been torn down. After the contractor cleans up debris from each site, the lots will be seeded. Continue reading
The effort to tear down dilapidated houses within the Knox city limits took another step forward yesterday during a special-called Board of Works meeting. Members opened three bids for the demolition of four more houses with money from a blight elimination grant from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority. Continue reading
The City of Knox is finally ready to tear down the first of eight houses slated for demolition through the blight elimination grant program. The Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority requires the first demolition be documented as part of the grant process. Continue reading
The Knox Board of Works Tuesday awarded a bid for the demolition of four homes acquired as part of the blight elimination grant program. Continue reading
The Knox Board of Works will open bids tomorrow morning to demolish houses with blight elimination grant funds. Continue reading
The City of Knox is preparing to bid the demolition of four blighted houses. Mayor Dennis Estok says bid packets will be ready the first week of March with a goal of having the houses down in April. Continue reading
The City of Knox is planning to move ahead with its blight elimination efforts. Knox was awarded grant funding from the state in 2014 to buy and demolish homes that were in poor condition, but since then, the project has seen little progress, due in part to trouble the city’s had with filing the required documents required by the grant program. Continue reading
The Knox City Council approved a loan of money from the city’s share of the county economic development income tax (CEDIT) fund to cover costs of trying to clean up the city. Knox received a Blight Elimination Grant from the state to purchase vacant, dilapidated and condemned homes from willing sellers and is in the process of doing so. Continue reading
Paperwork will need to be published in order for Knox officials to move along with a grant for blighted properties.
Mayor Rick Chambers explained to the city council members this week that the city purchased five properties in the recent tax sale and those properties will be included as part of the Blight Elimination grant. Chambers said Judge Kim Hall informed the city that the sale needs to be published three times in order before deeds can be issued. Certified letters were also sent.
Another public hearing for the Blight Elimination Grant will be held Wednesday, March 18 at 1 p.m. CT at Knox City Hall.
A list of homes included in the grant will be advertised, and a representative from the state will address questions or concerns. An inspection is be conducted in the homes proposed in the grant to determine what can and cannot be recycled from these homes.
Four or five homes were added to the list in case others aren’t accepted.