NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville Village council approved readings of ordinances covering issues from wage increases to annexations and appropriations at their Wednesday night meeting.
Village employees will be receiving a 3 percent wage increase. The council approved the increase, waiving a second and third reading.
A second reading was approved for annexation of 36.141 acres of the Crown Equipment. This location is the site of a $4 million New Knoxville Crown building expansion project.
A second reading was also approved to annex approximately four acres of property owned by Bill Henschen property near the Neil Armstrong Airport. Henschen had requested that his property be included in the utility expansion at the airport which required annexation of his property to the village.
Village Administrator Rex Katterheinrich reported to council that except for street light installation, all utility work had been completed at the Northfield residential project. He added that they had received two applications to build new houses there.
End-of-the-year bookkeeping action included first readings of ordinances to transfer $46,000 from the general fund to debt service fund for the year 2019, transfer of $15,266.22 from water fund to water bond fund for 2019 and allocating income tax receipts for 2019 to retire Issue II funding for projects on South Street ($4,425), Mill Street ($3,600), Laura Street ($1,834) and the 1999 water bond project ($31,490).
In committee reports, the sidewalk committee members said that in 2019 the Ohio Department of Transportation would be working on state Route 29 through the village, including paving and curb work. The water committee reported that the village had replaced one high service pump and would be doing maintenance on the main storage tank. It was anticipated that the second high service pump would be serviced in 2019 at a cost of $9,000.
The council also approved a first reading of a motion allowing Mayor Keith Leffel to provide Christmas gifts to employees, not to exceed a total of $1,500.
Council meetings were also scheduled. The next regular council meeting will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. A special year end meeting will be held Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m.
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