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April 19, 2013

Site plan for Dog Park approved

The next step in the process of creating a dog park in Knoxville was approved Monday night. A site plan was okayed by the Knoxville City Council.

Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik told the council that he believed there would be ample space for parking on the site, near the wastewater treatment facility. Some of the land the City purchased to build an equalization basin – which may not be needed due to a new agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – will be used for the park. Feik is also confident that, if the City must expand its treatment facilities in the future, there will be space available to do so.

Dog park organizers have worked hard, to get to this point, according to Feik. More fund raising efforts are expected to make the park a reality.

In other council action, approval was given to issue $3.5 million in general obligation bonds. This money will be used for the next phase of the Downtown Streetscape Project, and should begin later this year. A public hearing was held prior to the vote. No written or oral comments were received.

Other council notes:

• Two items regarding Knoxville’s Bike Nite were not acted upon. This included the Beer Permit and the Special Events application. City Manager Harold Stewart said he had not received all of the necessary paperwork. Council members were also concerned whether or not organizers had made contact with all of the businesses that will be affected by the event. The first Bike Nite is scheduled for May 3, and the council intends to hold a special meeting to approve Bike Nite’s paperwork to allow the event to take place. No more regular meetings will be held prior to that date.

• Approved a Class “B” Beer Permit for Plethora.

• Approved financial statements.

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