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August 23, 2013

Busy night for city council at regular meeting

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Feik says that the main items of importance with the waste treatment plant update are disinfection and nutrient removal. The update will require a UV disinfection system of which the anticipated cost is $480,000. This is an update the City has delayed for a while, largely due to the cost. The DNR has allowed five years to achieve this update. The nutrient removal update is anticipated to be a costly process, but is not required by the DNR with the current permit. The Council approved the permit between the City and the DNR.

Other items:

-The next City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:15 p.m.

-Police Chief Dan Losada said that he will be presenting a draft of a document at the next City Council meeting that could potentially allow utility vehicles on city streets. The definition of “utility vehicles” will be strictly defined so there is no confusion as to which vehicles would be allowed; gators and 4-wheelers will be excluded from the potential allowance.

-Knoxville Lions Club Ladd Montegna brought to the Council’s attention that the Lions Club is currently planning to create a “community pride hall of flags” with American flags placed every 20 feet along the road of Highway 14 through Knoxville. The flags would be put up five times a year for patriotic holidays. Montegna is currently dealing with potential issues regarding flags being within a certain distance to the entrances of business properties. The Lions Club is raising money for the project and encourages those interested in being involved to contact them. Their hope is to have the flags up by Memorial Day next year.

-Stewart and Feik have expressed that public meetings about the Streetscape project are held bi-weekly for those who have concerns. There is also a calendar showing the stages of the project online. Those who are interested can subscribe to receive project calendar updates.

-Stewart says that a formal proposal regarding the VA property will be presented at the next City Council meeting.

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