Knox Board of Works Members Consider Bids for Blighted Structure on Pearl Street

Some confusion over bid specifications led to drastically different offers being opened at the Knox Board of Works meeting on Monday.

The bids were for demolition work on the blighted structure at 202 N. Pearl Street.

The first bid that was opened came in from Jackson Truck and Excavating and it was for $33,900. The second bid was from Mark Milo Enterprises for $14,900. The reason for the difference was that Jackson included the price for asbestos removal, while Milo did not. Continue reading

Loose Ends Remain with Water Line Project

  
 

The Knox City Council last week received an update on the Henry Drive water extension project.

Mayor Rick Chambers stated that while the project is complete there are several loose ends that need to be tied.

“The Henry Drive water line is complete. The street has been paved and one homeowner was not happy with the way his yard was left and I’ll take care of that. Territorial Engineering is still working with Milo to move that original water line because the water superintendent didn’t like the way it was placed. Territorial will be paying that bill. They want to wait until later on this summer when the water levels drop a little bit. That will be taken care of,” explained Chambers.

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Water Line Project for New Jail Complete

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.
This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Knox Board of Public Works received an update on the water project for the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said the project should be complete today.

“The weather has finally broken so we have gotten caught up,” explained Chambers. “The contractor has gotten in there and pretty much finished his job. The water line has been de-sanitized and pressure checked. There will be some additional work to be done. The line will have to be moved – it’s been deflected too much so we will go in and correct that problem, but should be up and operational within the next day or so.”

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Jail Water Line Delay Potentially Costs County $29,000

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.
This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Starke County Building Corporation may have been able to save $29,000 had the water line extension from Henry Drive east to the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center been finished by its April 1 deadline.

The existing water lines to the building on State Road 8 at County Road 550 East are not wide enough to provide enough pressure should the building catch on fire. The county and city opted last fall to run new lines to the facility and contract the work out. The Knox City Council accepted a bid from Mark Milo Enterprises to do the work.

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Knox City Council Approves Easement Agreement

Knox City Council
Knox City Council

The Knox City Council approved an easement agreement with Chuck and Dennis Estok to move forward with the water line project for the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Detention Center at the intersection of State Road 8 and County 550 East in Knox.

The city of Knox will be responsible for the installation the water lines for the project that will extend to the property from Henry Drive.

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Knox Board of Public Works Discusses Progress at Phoenix House

Knox Board of Public Works
Knox Board of Public Works

The Knox Board of Public Works approved a pay application for Chester Construction at their meeting this week in the amount of $49,563.74. The board members also approved a claim for Mark Milo Enterprises for $29,307.50.

Van Janovic from Territorial Engineering explained to the board that these claims are for the Phoenix House construction project. He said Chester’s work is about 91 percent complete and the parking lot work being done by Mark Milo is about 63 percent complete. He said he walked through the project area and was impressed with the work that has been done and it’s been on schedule.

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