Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 9, 2013

Knoxville Council meets Monday night

By Clint Brown Journal-Express
The Journal Express

---- — 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.

-Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the Code Of Ordinances of the City Of Knoxville, by adding a new section pertaining to bicycles . Second and third readings of the ordinance were waived as well.

-Council approved the repeal of an ordinance (TItle 5, Chapter 3) which required licensing for anyone riding a bicycle in the community. Second and third readings of the ordinance were waived as well.

-Council approved the purchase of Cartegraph Software update for the Public Works Department in the amount of $8,200 (one-time fee) and a $4,500 annual fee (first year free). The fees also cover the training fee. The new software will help with the scheduling for maintenance, generate needed maps and will be used during inspections. The current software will need to be integrated into the new software.

-Council approved the setting of a public hearing for October 21, 2013 at 6:15 p.m., to approve a Plat Of Survey Of 3 Parcels Of Land Located In Lot 15 Of Elm Park Addition, City Of Knoxville (Park View Drive).