NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville Council met the new manager of the village wastewater treatment plant and heard an update about potential new zoning regulations at its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Doug Piper was hired as a part-time employee to monitor the village’s wastewater treatment plant. According to Larry Kellermeyer, village administrator, as a licensed technician, Piper is able to perform duties such as report back to the EPA. He also is a full-time employee managing the Auglaize County wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Brian Jones reported the Zoning Committee is continuing to make progress on updating the municipal zoning codes. The update was considered necessary to address issues not mentioned in the current zoning regulations concerning the placement of new structures in the village limits such as swimming pools and/or solar energy equipment. Jones said they are reviewing zoning regulations in other towns to be consistent. He said they hope to have the new zoning recommendations ready for council’s approval in late spring.
Kellermeyer reported the $198,518 Bremen Street stormwater sewer replacement project is expected to begin toward the end of March and be completed in late May. The project runs from the bridge to Bielefeld Street. He said this is phase one of the reconstruction project, with a second phase to reconstruct the street in that section.
In other action, council approved a second reading of an ordinance supporting the renewal of the Fire/EMS levy.
Council then adjourned to executive session to discuss property. No action was taken when they resumed the open meeting.
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