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Copley Township Considers New Meeting Space

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 115

Residents and trustees in Copley Township say they have outgrown a building they currently use for equipment storage.

That structure is about 40 years old and officials say it has become increasingly difficult to maneuver vehicles through the doors as they’ve traded up. While the decision is still being made, the Township is hoping for not only a new equipment storage building, but also for that new structure to act as a meeting place for town halls.

Copley Township Highway Commissioner Steve Gibbs tells WGIL the building will have multiple purposes.

“It’s a big project, but once every 50 years, you have to take a look at where you’re at and make decisions based on that, so we’ve more or less outgrown our facility and we don’t want to have to spend money we don’t have to, but I think we’re in that situation now,” says Gibbs.

According to a zoning request recommended by Knox County’s Highway and Zoning Committee, the land is being sold to the Township. Costs are expected to exceed $100-thousand at this point according to Gibbs due to comparisons with neighboring communities who have undertaken similar projects.

Apart from a town hall space, the new building could also act as a voting station in the future.

More meetings are expected to make key decisions once Copley Township’s rezoning request has been granted by the full Knox County Board later this month.