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October 9, 2013

Knoxville Council meets Monday night

The Knoxville City Council met on Monday evening to discuss a variety of items.

Mayor Don Zoutte began the meeting by swearing in Jim Mitchell as the new Knoxville Fire Chief.

First on the agenda Monday evening was an approval of the Special Event Application for Knoxville Chamber Of Commerce Story Telling Festival.

Barricades will be placed on 2nd and 3rd Streets and parking in the outfield of the softball field should work as long as the field is not wet. Council advised that if the softball field is not available for parking due to rain, on street parking is available.

A second reading for an ordinance amending The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Knoxville pertaining to the operation of off-road utility vehicles on City streets was approved with little discussion.

The council also reviewed and approved the job description for the Community Service Officer (CSO) & Parking Enforcement Officer. According to City Staff, this position offers flexibility and is a part-time position. Budgeted dollars from Planning and Zoning Code Enforcement will help cover some of the cost for the position. Previously the council has discussed increasing parking enforcement in the City.

In other action

-Council approved the authorization for Taking Request For Qualifications For Technical And General Administrative Services For The Knoxville Community Development Block Grant And Authorizing Publication Of Such. Currently the City of Knoxville is in the process of applying for the Community Development Block Grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development for the rehabilitation of eight (8) to ten (10) single-family owner-occupied units within the city of Knoxville. This process is to award a firm the contract to perform grant administration duties for the Community Development Block Grant.

-Council approved a resolution pertaining to fees at the Graceland Cemetery. Some fees will be increased, but not all. Research of surrounding communities was done to give City staff a clearer idea of what rates should be changed at the cemetery.

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