Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

County Surplus Sale brings close to $47,000

CENTER — It won’t be long and the Knox County Supervisors will be holding their twice-a-month county meetings at a new location.

The current room used for supervisor meetings will be vacated within a short time to allow for remodeling/new addition project at the courthouse in Center.

An alternative location until the new addition is complete has not been determined. Consideration was given to the Center Village Hall, across the street from the Courthouse; a room in the Courthouse Annex or the office space in the Courthouse that had been vacated by the Veterans Service Officer.

The new addition, which includes the installation of an elevator, is scheduled to be completed by June 1, 2014.

Board members discussed updating the county’s current policy on county meetings.

Board members will take time to review guidelines for a revised county policy that was drawn up by the County Attorney and act on it at the next board meeting.

Guidelines that could be addressed in the policy include closed sessions, if the security camera and microphones should be turned off during closed sessions; recording the public meetings; time frame for visitors to speak and other issues.


Board members agreed to work with the Village of Verdigre on the purchase and storage of patching oil.

Verdigre may be purchasing a used AMZ patching machine according to William Bosanek, village maintenance employee.

“We are looking at purchasing a used patching machine – if we do, can we buy the patching oil from the county when we need it?”  Bosanek said. “It would be expensive for the village to buy a tank to store it.”

The county surplus sale, which was held Nov. 6, brought in close to $47,000 according to Hwy. Supt. Kevin Barta.

“It was a cold, day but it went well,” Barta said. “A dozer sold well – for $16,500. Two to four dollars per running foot for planks. The sander truck went for $1,600.”

Konnie Thiele, Bloomfield, will start her new job in the Hwy. Supt. Office Nov. 18.

There were 27 applications received for the position.

Barta updated board members on the Federal Aid Bridge on the Bloomfield West project.

“They have 23 days left to finish the project. There is a lot of work that has to be done,” Barta said. “They are bringing another crew in.”

The bridge is on a township road although the county takes care of the bridge projects.

Barta discussed gravel needs for the county with board members.

There could be a problem obtaining gravel next year.

“The western part of the county is in good shape but we need to do more in the east part of the county,” Barta said.

Some road ditches still need to be mowed, although a number of the ditches have been mowed, according to Barta.

It is the land owner’s responsibility to mow road side ditches.

If a complaint is received that a ditch is not mowed the county hires some one to mow the area and charges the land owner.