Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

January 3, 2013

Despite objections, council approves sale

Knoxville —  

The Knoxville City Council chamber was full Wednesday night as dozens of concerned residents expressed their opposition to a proposed new business in their neighborhood. 

Leroy Winfield, owner of Winfield Funeral Home, offered the City of Knoxville $20,485 for property at 1512 West Pleasant. This property was obtained by the City in an attempt to clean up blight. Winfield's offer covered all costs and expenditures made by the City in purchasing and cleaning the property. 

But it is what Winfield intends to put on the land that caused concern. Winfield intends to build a crematorium. The land in question is zoned commercial, which would allow construction of such a business, though it is surrounded by residential properties. If the City of Knoxville did not own the property, no public hearing would be required for its sale and there may not be a way for the City to deny its construction. 

The Knoxville City Council had previously denied a request by Winfield to rezone a parcel of land near Fairlane Bowl to accommodate the crematorium. City staff members worked with Winfield to try to find City-owned property that would better suit his needs. 1512 West Pleasant looked like the best site. 

Before the City can sell any of its property, a public hearing is required. The public was heard, both verbally and nonverbally, as many addressed the council and a petition with 144 signatures was submitted to the council. 

Chad DesPlanque, Jeff Jones and others who spoke were concerned that the crematorium may affect their property values. Others expressed concern about what to tell children who live and attend school in the area, when they ask what the crematorium is for.

“There could be a lot better placement,” DesPlanque said. 

Winfield was also given the opportunity to address the council. He presented council members with a packet of information that included a proposed exterior design for the building. Winfield said it would look like a three-stall garage, and that there would be no clouds of billowing smoke coming from the chimney. A clear vapor would be released into the air. Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik researched crematorium regulations in Iowa, and the state monitors emissions from such facilities. 

Text Only
Local News
  • TC 41.jpg Slideshow: Twin Cedars semifinal game Scenes from before, during and after Twin Cedars' semifinal state baseball game on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    July 31, 2014

  • JJ Dinner-Loebsack.jpg Knoxville Airport awarded over $836K

    Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that the Knoxville Municipal Airport will receive a $836,787 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration grant program. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Corps aware of blue green algae being seen at Lake Rock

    July 31, 2014

  • Matt Byrd.jpg KHC, Grinnell medical center to share new hire

    Knoxville Hospital & Clinics and Grinnell Regional Medical Center have entered a new agreement to share leadership for radiology services. Matthew M. Byrd, CNMT, RT (N)(CT), will join the staff at both hospitals as the director of radiology/diagnostic imaging. GRMC will employ Byrd and then contract his services to the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nicholas Carter.jpg Carter sentencing tomorrow

    Nicholas Wade Carter, 19, is expected to be sentenced Friday morning, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. 

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • North Tailwater to close Aug. 4

    The North Tailwater area near the Red Rock Dam will be closed to the public beginning Aug. 4 to enable construction of hydroelectric facilities at the Dam. The closure will extend until construction of the project is completed in the spring of 2018.

    July 31, 2014

  • streetscape July 29.jpg Paving may begin late next week

    The Third Street project is about three weeks behind, but paving may begin late next week. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Playground to be closed

    The wooden playground structure at Auld Park will be closed Thursday, while the City applies a new coat of sealant. Caution tape will be placed around the structure. When the sealant dries, the structure will be reopened. 

    July 29, 2014

  • Shrine Bowl 19.jpg Slideshow: Shrine Bowl Marion County was well-represented at the annual Shrine Bowl in Cedar Falls on Saturday. Football coaches Jay McKinstrey of Pella and Eric Keller of Knoxville led the south team, which won 23-7. The Pleasantville High School Dance Team also played a big role in the pregame festivities.

    July 28, 2014

  • library.jpg New library at Auld Park

    The City installed this new library at Auld Park Wednesday afternoon. The Optimist Club helped create this new way for the people of Knoxville to share literature.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo