Road Construction Planned on East, New York Streets in Knox this Week

Those driving through the City of Knox may encounter some road construction this week. Mayor Dennis Estok says work is taking place on East Street from John Street to State Road 8 and on all of East New York Street. Rieth-Riley crews will be doing milling and street resurfacing work until at least Friday. Motorists are asked to avoid those roads whenever possible.

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Knox City Council to Consider Next Step for COVID-19 Response Funding

Another step in the process of directing COVID-19 Response funding to Knox businesses will be up for the city council’s approval tonight. Council members will consider a resolution authorizing the city’s COVID-19 Response grant application. The money has already been approved, and city officials are now in the process of allocating the $250,000 to the businesses that applied.

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Knox City Hall, Community Center Reopen but Many Park Facilities Remain Closed

The City of Knox has reopened its government buildings, but reopening certain park facilities will take a bit longer. Clerk-Treasurer Cyndi Mann-Kidder told the city council Tuesday that city hall is now open to the public. “There are sanitation stations in place at both entries, indoors and outdoors,” she explained. City council meetings are expected to move back to city hall starting in June.

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Knox City Council to Consider COVID-19 Response Grant Administrator Proposal Tonight

The Knox City Council will continue working tonight on some of the procedural steps for its COVID-19 grant program for local businesses. Council members will decide whether to officially accept the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission’s proposal to serve as grant administrator for the funding distributed by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

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Federal Rules May Exclude Barbershops, Hair Salons from Knox COVID-19 Grants

Knox businesses will soon be able to apply for COVID-19 response grants from the city, but some of those hit particularly hard may not qualify. The city was recently awarded $250,000 in federal funding through the state’s COVID-19 Response Program. That money will be used “to provide working capital to local businesses for job retention.”

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Knox City Council to Consider Loans between City Funds to Prepare for COVID-19 Impact

The Knox City Council will take steps tonight to prepare for COVID-19’s impact on the city’s finances. Council members will consider temporary loans of $150,000 from the Economic Development Income Tax Fund to the General Fund and $35,000 from the Rainy Day Fund to the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund. Mayor Dennis Estok told the board of works Friday that MVH is expected to take a big hit.

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