While there is still more that needs to be done before it’s official, Knox City Council members took action this week to extend two of the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) areas.Continue reading
Two resolutions related to Tax Increment Financing (TIF) redevelopment areas will be up for approval during tonight’s Knox City Council meeting.Continue reading
Knox City officials want to expand the TIF District outside the city limits.Continue reading
Knox City Council members considered a recommendation to rezone a portion of city property from a General Commercial (C-2) Zone to a Heavy Industrial (M-2) Zone during their meeting Tuesday evening.Continue reading
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the City of Knox and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation was up for approval during Wednesday night’s city council meeting.Continue reading
As the Treasurer of the Knox Redevelopment Commission, Jeff Houston is required to submit an annual update to the fiscal body regarding the commission and the City’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts prior to April 1st each year.
When Knox City Council members met last Tuesday on March 27th, Houston reported the city has two TIF Districts; the Original TIF and the Industrial Park TIF.
He explained that in 2017, the original TIF fund received about $101,363 in revenue and nearly $36,979 was paid out in expenses. On the other hand, the revenue received in the Industrial Park TIF District remained the same as no expenses were paid out, according to Houston. Continue reading
Pulaski County is expected to complete over $1 million in road projects with money from the second round of Community Crossings grants. But Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff still hasn’t revealed which roads will be getting an upgrade. He says the work won’t be able to start until the spring, and he wants to wait until closer to that time before releasing details.
The Starke County Highway Department has finalized applications for Community Crossings three-to-one matching funds for seven projects. Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners Monday three bridge replacements and one repair on the list are already complete. Continue reading
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler hopes to start on the county’s first new hot mix asphalt road soon. He told the county commissioners Monday the plan is to improve 300 East through the Knox Industrial Park from State Road 8 to the railroad tracks. Continue reading
Updates to the roads through the Knox Industrial Park are included in the Starke County Highway Department’s five-year infrastructure plan. Continue reading
Starke County officials are working to address secondary issues caused by the enforcement of the truck route to and from the Knox Industrial Park. The city does not allow tractor-trailers to use Culver Road to travel between U.S. 35 and County Road 300 East. Continue reading
The GPS systems used by over-the-road truck drivers should soon be updated to reflect the truck routes in Knox and North Judson. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver told the county commissioners last night 26 separate GPS providers have accepted the revised routes, but he doesn’t have an implementation schedule just yet. Continue reading
Trucks heading to and from the Knox Industrial Park will have to use State Road 8 for access from all directions. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver met recently with Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler to discuss truck routes. Ritzler says neither County Road 300 East south of Culver Road nor County Road 200 South, which connects to U.S. 35 near Kem-Co, are rated for excessive truck traffic. Continue reading
Making necessary updates to GPS systems to reflect truck routes is a more involved process than City of Knox and Starke County officials initially realized. Last month Knox started enforcing its truck route ordinance, which prohibits through traffic weighing more than 10 tons with more than three axles from using Culver Road and other surface streets to get from U.S. 35 to the Knox Industrial Park on 300 East/Klockner Drive. Continue reading
The Starke County Highway Department is keeping an eye on alternate routes trucks are taking to access the Knox Industrial Park while planning for a long-term solution. The City of Knox recently started enforcing a truck route to keep tractor-trailers off Culver Road and other residential streets. The marked truck route uses State Road 8 to 300 East. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says some over-the-road drivers are also turning by Kem-Co and taking 200 South. Continue reading
Enforcement of the City of Knox truck route has some over-the-road drivers seeking alternate routes to access the industrial park. Mayor Dennis Estok to the board of works yesterday he’s gotten several telephone calls and emails since the stepped-up patrols started earlier this month. He says truckers are going down every side street they can to avoid taking Culver Road to and from the industrial park. Continue reading
The City of Knox continues to crack down on truckers who ignore the city’s truck routes. Now, Mayor Dennis Estok is looking to raise the penalties. Continue reading
Enforcement of truck routes through the city of Knox is now in effect. Mayor Dennis Estok says the goal is to get tractor-trailers off Culver Road as they travel between U.S. 35 and the Knox Industrial Park on Klockner Drive.
Estok told the city council last week tractor trailers pose safety concerns in the school zones. Trucks will not be allowed on Washington or Lake Streets, either. Truck route signs will be posted to alert drivers. Continue reading
Knox officials are prepared to enforce truck routes in an effort to keep traffic to and from the industrial park off of city streets. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council last night the enforcement will start March 1st so manufacturers have time to let their suppliers know. Continue reading