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Lots of projects progressing in Knightstown

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Much of the Knightstown Town Council’s October meeting was like alphabet soup, with discussion revolving around the RDC (Redevelopment Commission), a sewer project led by an engineering firm named FPBH and largely funded by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and a state revolving loan fund administered through OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs).

What it ultimately spelled is a busy community with lots of improvements planned in and around town. Here’s a recap.


The recently created Knightstown Redevelopment Commission is in need of funding and has requested the town approve a tax levy of 0.0333 to help. Since there isn’t time to establish the rate for the 2020 budget cycle, a memorandum of understanding has been discussed to take an amount out of the general fund equal to what the tax levy would have generated. 

The RDC is trying to attract interest in vacant facilities like the former Masonic Lodge in efforts to bring new business here.

Sewer project

Dan Wright, an engineer with FPBH’s New Castle office, informed council members that an official closing date for a USDA loan on the sewer upgrade project is Nov. 20.

“The plan is to close and do the notice to proceed at the same time,” Wright said.

The council approved a motion to authorize President Sarah Ward to sign a notice to proceed upon the bond closing.

Hoosier gym update

In other business, council members learned progress is being made on updates to Hoosier Gym, where scenes from the hit movie “Hoosiers” was filmed.

“Things are moving along, not as quickly as we’d like, but they are progressing,” Gorman said.

Gorman reported:

• Brick tuck pointing is about 95 percent complete.

• Entry doors have been removed, redone and reinstalled. “They look very nice,” Gorman said.

• The roof, Gorman reported, has been problematical. “It’s white presently and historic preservationists wanted it in gray,” Gorman explained. “We couldn’t get that color in a 30-year roof, so we made that concession and went with a 20-year roof.” New windows, meanwhile, are scheduled to be up soon. Gorman said Hoosier Gym has another busy season of events scheduled, starting in November.

New town hall

Plans are being made for an open house to let members of the community see the new town hall on Main Street soon. Ward said the open house would take place before the end of the year.