Larry Di Giovanni/News New tile floor greets Knox County Service Center employees and visitors, part of an overall $35,000 project.
Larry Di Giovanni/News
New tile floor greets Knox County Service Center employees and visitors, part of an overall $35,000 project.

MOUNT VERNON — It has been a year of renovation and remodeling for Knox County government, with the past few weeks having continued the trend.

The Knox County Service Center has just about concluded a new “floor make-over” of sorts, involving 5,000 square feet of square, gray tiles provided by Kastran Carpets of Ontario, Ohio. The tiles can be viewed in the front foyer area as people enter the Service Center’s main floor. They have also been placed in hallways, office entry ways, restrooms, and will soon be placed in chapel hall, where a meeting room by that name is located.

What’s even better than just a floor make-over is that the new tiles will save the county money over the long term in custodial bills, said county Administrator Jason Booth, adding that the old tiles were more than 20 years old and needed replacing.

“We don’t have to wax and buff these floors anymore, as we used to do about twice a year,” Booth said. “This kind of tile doesn’t have a sheen to it so it’s not necessary. We can use a floor scrubber, which is like mopping the floor and that’s all.”

The previous floor consisted of shiny tiles that not only needed buffing and waxing but had something more potentially injurious going on. “I like the new tiles because they aren’t slippery like the previous floor was,” Knox County Commissioner Teresa Bemiller said. “I nearly slipped a few times on the old floor.”

The tiles are part of an overall project that included county maintenance department workers painting service center walls. Kastran Carpets will soon come back to place the molding on the lowest part of the walls next to the new tiles.

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Larry Di Giovanni: 740-397-5333 or larry@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews