The Mayor of Knox has been coordinating with the Starke County Youth Club about an artistic addition for the downtown area.
Mayor Dennis Estok informed council members last week that the Youth Club has acquired a grant to install a statue in Serenity Gardens, the gathering space adjacent to the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.
Knox residents are reminded that tonight’s the night to learn more about the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program.
Tonight’s 6 o’clock meeting at the Nancy J. Dembowski Center
will focus on this funding opportunity provided through the Indiana Housing and
Community Development Authority.
IHCDA officials report that this is a way to help residents
address home conditions that, if otherwise left unattended, would create an
issue with the integrity of the home or become a detriment to the residents’
quality of life.
Applications for the
program will only be available during this meeting.
The City of Knox will be hosting their annual ‘Dumpster
Days’ next month.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Dennis Estok noted that said this is a good chance for citizens to clean up their yards and homes to get rid of anything that is too large to be picked up on normal trash days.
With less than a week left for
candidates to file to run in the May primary, many incumbents remain
unopposed. As of Friday afternoon, the only local contested race was
for Knox clerk-treasurer. Colleen Hodge and Cyndi Mann-Kidder are
vying for the Democratic Party nomination, according to the Starke
County Clerk’s Office. Incumbent Jeff Houston is not seeking another
A potential project at Sandy Acres Park in has city officials seeking funds from the Department of Natural Resources.
some possible upcoming projects at last week’s city council meeting, Mayor Dennis
Estok shared that City Attorney and Park Board President Autumn Ferch has been
working on a grant to submit to the DNR.
If awarded, the funds would be used in order to help cover the cost of upgrading some of the amenities at Sandy Acres, the city park located near U.S. 35 and Veteran’s Parkway.
Estok mentioned some of the additions that they’re looking into, “New restrooms,new shelter, parking lot will be asphalted, new ADA side walks and a possibility of lighting the parking lot up and all that.”
Estok noted that
since the grant money hasn’t come in yet, these are all just preliminary ideas
that are being considered. However, the estimated cost of the project,
including lighting, would be around $150,000 – $170,000.
The Mayor mentioned that they’re going after a 50/50 grant. He said since it is not in the Park Board’s budget, the City would need to come up with half of the money to cover the upgrades. He added that it could likely be feasibly split up between a few different accounts such as the River Boat and CEDIT funds.