Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 5, 2013

Playground may interfere with soccer fields

By Steve Woodhouse Editor
The Journal Express

---- — Members of the Knoxville Morning Kiwanis were present at Monday’s regular City Council meeting to provide an update on the progress of the club’s Miracle Playground, but concern was raised by representatives of the Knoxville Soccer Club that the placement of the equipment may interfere with their games.

The proposed site of the Kiwanis’ Miracle Playground at Young’s Park may encroach on soccer fields of different sizes, intended for children under 10 and children under 12. Construction of the playground is expected to begin this Spring, and the soccer season starts Sunday and runs for nine weeks.

“The access will be the same it’s always been,” City Manager Harold Stewart told Larry Brown, with the Soccer Club. Dave Garcia, also with the club, was curious about stakes in the area of the playground. The stakes are in place as the Kiwanis wanted to provide a general area where the playground will be.

The playground equipment will not be placed until the soil is ready. Snyder and Associates is currently surveying the land, to see if elevation adjustments will be required before the concrete can be poured and the equipment installed. The final location and placement of the playground has yet to be determined.

Brown and Garcia told the council that soccer is a growing sport, and that Knoxville does not have an ideal field for it. They also said that the fields at the Knoxville Recreation Center are not ideal.

Kiwanis President Adam Norris addressed the council on behalf of the group, telling the council that the equipment has arrived for Phases 1 and 4 of the project. Equipment is being stored on City property. The Kiwanis hope to begin installation within four to six weeks.

The City of Knoxville is exploring what kind of surface the playground should have. As it is intended to serve those with physical and mental challenges, the City has explored the option of installing a flat, rubber surface. Stewart has one estimate for this that places the costs between $90-100,000. The City has offered to pay for the surface in the past. Other options, including other estimates for the flat, rubber surface, are being explored.

Other council notes:

• Approved Class “C” Liquor Licenses for Dingus, Dut’s American Legion and the Marion County Fair Association.

• Appointed Sarah Swayne to the Knoxville Recreation Commission.

• Set a public hearing for Monday, April 15, at 6:15 p.m., regarding a loan agreement. The City is planning to borrow $3.5 million to begin the next phase of the Downtown Streetscape Project. A public hearing is required to do this.

• Set a public hearing for Monday, April 15, at 6:15 p.m., regarding a proposed code amendment to allow overhang.

• Set a public hearing for Monday, April 15, at 6:15 p.m., regarding a proposed rezoning of properties at 109 North Attica.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance that voids a proposed sanitary sewer rate increase, originally scheduled to be enforced on July 1. The rates will remain the same this year.

• Authorized the mayor to sign an Arbitrage Rebate Compliance Letter. This is required by the Internal Revenue Service, in regard to the 2008 Sewer Revenue Bond.

• Approved a resolution to transfer. This is in regard to an account the City is trying to close out, which had a negative balance of 37 cents.

• Approved a plat of survey outside the City limits, but within the City’s two-mile jurisdiction, for Randy and Linda Van Wyngarden and Troy and Amanda Galeazzi. This new plat is basically a lot line split, according to Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik.

• Approved resolutions to order bids for the 2013 City paving and sidewalk contracts.

• The council adjourned to closed session to discuss possible litigation. Stewart said no action was taken, following the session.