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.
If you’re interested in playing a part in any of the special events the City of Knox has planned in 2019, you’re in luck. Knox Mayor Dennis Estok announced on Tuesday that there is a need for volunteers for future events.
Three Democrats filed to run for office
in the City of Knox on the first day of filing Wednesday. Mayor
Dennis Estok and District 3 City Council Member Jeff V. Berg both
filed for reelection, according to the Starke County Clerk’s Office,
while Colleen A. Hodge filed to run for clerk-treasurer. Incumbent
Jeff Houston is not seeking another term.