Knous tax deal is given the OK

    As expected, Decatur City Council, at its meeting this week, approved via a confirming resolution a 10-year tax abatement on a warehouse which Knous Enterprises LLC of Decatur will improve for its affiliate, P&B Trucking.
    The request had been presented at the previous meeting by Portland attorney John Coldren, representing owners Robert and Pam Knous of Decatur.
    The Knouses have an empty warehouse in Industrial Park I and will build a 12,000 square foot improvement to it at a cost off $352,000 to $372,000. That would translate into the hiring of three of four employees, Coldren said previously.
    At the earlier meeting, it was said that since P&B sits in a new TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district, perhaps the city's redevelopment commission must first give its approval to an abatement. Research showed that was not correct, attorney Audra Snyder said at the latest meeting. She was sitting in for City Attorney Tim Baker, who had recused himself on the matter.
    Also at the meeting:
    • Council gave final approval to an ordinance which bans all motorized vehicles — ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and the like — from off-road city property.
    Anyone found guilty of violating the ban will be subject to fines of $100 up to $500. It also allows the city to collect for any damage.
    The issue was raised after some vehicles had to be chased off the city's new detention pond at Piqua Road and E. Monroe St. Extended.
    • Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kuntzman and Parks and Rec Director Steve Krull outlined several street closings needed for the upcoming Kekionga Festival. Council gave total approval.
    "It's a growing into a great event," Kuntzman said of the festival.
    • Mayor John Schultz said an added expense of $495 came up at the renovated Seventh St. train depot due to more work than had been anticipated to clean up the basement. Council unanimously approved the added cost.
    Schultz said he was working on a "sponsor" for the depot.