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 Third Street Among Possible Paving Projects

March 5, 2008 - The Knightstown Town Council recently received a list of proposed paving projects to be done this spring and summer.

The town's works manager, Mel Matlock, presented his 2008 paving projects list to council members at their Feb. 20 meeting. The list included approximately 27,108 square feet of paving on Third Street, from Washington Street to Madison Street; Front Street, from Silver Street to North Street; and the first alley west of Jefferson Street between Main Street and Brown Street.

Matlock told the council he expected the town would have about $60,000 for paving work this year. He said he would like to spend between $5,000-$6,000 at Glen Cove Cemetery, and he asked council members to let him know if there are other areas besides those on his list that need to be done.

Council member Steve Nelson said that local park board members will probably want to have more paving done at Sunset Park. About $5,000 in paving was done at the park last year, but Nelson said it had not gone all the way around the circular drive in front of the shelter house.

Matlock said he is going to check with the county highway department to see if the town can use the county's road milling machine. He said old roadway that is removed during the milling process would likely be used at the cemetery or near the recycling bins north of the lake at Sunset Park.

In other works department matters at the Feb. 20 meeting, Matlock advised the council that the town had used 40-45 tons of salt this winter. He said the town only had enough for one more application before the first of March, when additional salt he ordered was expected to be available.

Matlock also told council members that Richard Grizzell, a longtime employee of the town's wastewater utility, wants to retire from his full-time position at the end of June. Calling Grizzell "one of the best (sewer) operators in the state" Matlock said Grizzell would like to continue working part-time for the town if the town will provide health insurance benefits.

Council Vice President Clyde South asked Matlock whether he would hire another person to fill Grizzell's full-time position. Matlock said a replacement would not be hired until Grizzell retired at age 65, saving the town money.

The town's attorney, David Copenhaver, told council members they should check with the town's health insurance provider. He said the insurer may require employees to work a minimum amount of hours each week to be eligible for coverage. The council took no action on Grizzell's request, pending receipt of further information from the insurer.

Acting on a recommendation from Matlock, the council OK'd creation of a handicap parking space for a resident at 147 S. Adams. Matlock said they town currently has six to 10 such spots.


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