The Knox City Police Department has funds lined up to buy a patrol vehicle for their K-9 officer. Mayor Dennis Estok says the Chevrolet Tahoe to accommodate the dog and equipment carries a price tag of about $40,000. Last week the Knox Redevelopment Commission pledged $20,000 from the Tax Increment Financing account toward the purchase. The council’s share of the money will come from the city’s share of riverboat gambling proceeds and the Economic Development Income Tax fund. Continue reading
The roof at the Nancy J. Dembowski Center was recently repaired. Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston told the city council Tuesday evening Warsaw-based Royalty Roofing successfully applied Duro-Last coating to the flat surface. The material carries a 15-year guarantee. Continue reading
City of Knox employees could be getting pay raises in 2017. The salary ordinance adopted on first reading by the city council last night proposes a 1 percent raise for department heads and a 2 percent pay increase for employees. Mayor Dennis Estok is also proposing a 2 percent boost in compensation for members of various boards and commissions. Continue reading
Knox residents will start receiving their new curbside recycling carts tomorrow. City officials say they should place their open recycling totes at the curb, even if they are empty. Waste Management will pick them up and drop off the new, 64-gallon wheeled container. Continue reading
The City of Knox now has a separate fund for building demolition expenditures and deposits. Last week the city council approved the transfer of $15,000 into a dedicated unsafe building fund. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston says the seed money it will make for easier accounting.” Continue reading
The Knox City Council voted Tuesday to establish a fund for receipt of a one-time tax distribution payment from the state. Continue reading
The Knox City Council voted Tuesday to hire a Warsaw-based company to repair the roof on the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston says multiple local contractors have tried unsuccessfully to patch the leaky rubber roof. The building’s ceilings, carpets and electrical system have sustained extensive water damage as a result of the problems. Continue reading
Knox residents can weigh in on their choice of recycling container by either contacting city hall or returning the insert included with their water bills. The city council is contemplating a switch from the open totes that are picked up weekly to a 65-gallon wheeled container with a lid. Waste Management would supply them for free and collect recycling every other week. Residents would not incur an additional cost. Continue reading
The Knox City Council will start the new year with some unfinished business when they meet this evening. They will consider ordinances to raise water and sewer rates on second reading. They’re based on a rate study conducted for the city by accounting firm Umbaugh and Associates. It took into account infrastructure needs for maintaining both services at appropriate levels. Continue reading
The Knox City Council will take the first steps toward raising water and sewer rates when they meet this evening. The agenda for their 7 p.m. session includes first reading of water and sewer rate ordinances. Continue reading
Knox residents will likely see an increase in their water and sewer bills early next year. City council members discussed the recently completed rate study during their meeting last night but did not take any formal action. That’s expected at their next meeting in December. Continue reading
The Knox City Council Tuesday night approved a series of balance transfers to close out the fiscal year in the black. Continue reading
The City of Knox is getting a rebate from its health insurance carrier, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act. It caps the amount of premium money companies can spend on advertising, sales, salaries and promotion at 20-percent. The remaining 80 percent has to be spent on actual healthcare benefits. Continue reading
Knox Fertilizer now owns its 72,000 square foot building on 100 East. The company recently repaid the Starke County Economic Development Foundation and City of Knox the money they put up to build the structure. The company was previously located in the Knox Industrial Park but moved to a new location when Reagent Chemical’s White Flyer Targets division moved to Knox. Continue reading
The City of Knox recently recovered nearly $1,300 in delinquent utility bills by filing property liens. Continue reading
Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston told the city council this week that the budget order came back, and the city is $45 shy of the maximum levy. The maximum levy is the maximum amount of money the city can collect from taxes. Houston said they couldn’t have gotten any closer, which is good.
Houston noted that he spoke to Matt Parkinson from the Department of Local Government Finance who said that the city will know in April about how much the tax caps will affect the city’s budget. When Houston gets that information, he will let the department heads know how much they will need to cut from their department. Last year, the city was cut over $200,000.
Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that the budget process has been pushed back a bit due to a pilot program with which the county is involved.
Knox City Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston reminded those in attendance in Tuesday’s city council meeting to call before you dig if you’re planning outdoor projects.
Call 811 two business days before starting any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. If you don’t call 811 before a digging project, not only do you subject yourself to injury but you could be fined up to $10,000 or more and the cost to repair damages.
The city of Knox is soliciting paving bids. Sealed bids for the construction and paving of streets with hot asphalt concrete will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at the clerk-treasurer’s office. Copies of the bid specifications are available during regular business hours. The Board of Public Works and Safety reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality in the bidding process.
A lack of recycling could force the city of Knox to increase garbage fees. According to Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, the recycling rate was down five percent last year.
This decrease in recycling efforts could impact garbage fees because the less that residents recycle, more garbage is collected. The garbage pick-up days are Monday and Thursday, and Houston said there is usually a full truck on both days. If it gets to the point that a second truck has to be sent out to finish a route, that would lead to increased fees.