Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

August 23, 2013

Busy night for city council at regular meeting


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.

Text Only
Local News
  • 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

  • marked bricks.jpg Bricks being marked, intersection to close

    Streetscape Project Manager Richard Brees is going around the square once again, marking bricks that require replacement before the project is accepted.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Republicans.jpg Republicans to hold events
    The Marion County Republicans are holding events in Knoxville and Pella Saturday, July 26. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fawn.jpg Marion County photo contest winners

    Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced at the Marion County Fair. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seusical for web.jpg Seusical opens Friday

    Seussical the Musical will be performed live on stage at the Pella Community Center over the next two weeks. The show will feature some familiar Knoxville faces, including lead character "Cat in the Hat" performed by Knoxville High School student Colby Jones and "Horton the Elephant" played by 3M employee Todd Weber. Other Knoxville actors include Greg May as the General and Liz DeMoss as a Who.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Drug bust in Pershing

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Pershing last night, leading to one arrest. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Two arrested on drug charges

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Knoxville last night. A man and a woman were arrested. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo