Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

The Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety met Tuesday and:

• Agreed to let Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative close a section of the westbound lane on 36th Street just east and just west of its intersection with Newton Street; Newton will not be closed. Dubois REC is planning to replace two poles near the intersection prior to the Indiana Department of Transportation installing new traffic signals at the intersection. Dubois REC needs to make the poles taller to accommodate the new lights, Greg Dilger, engineering manager for Dubois REC, told the board. The date the areas will be closed has not yet been determined, but Dubois REC plans to get the work done by April, Dilger said. The work will be done from 9 to 11 a.m. on a weekday other than Friday, and flaggers will be used to help direct traffic. When that date is determined, Dubois REC will make sure the city and public knows beforehand, Dilger said.

• Moved Jasper firefighters Eric Rasche, Jeff Luker, Cody Kreilein, Evan Schum and Evan Wagner to regular firefighter status, since they have completed the yearlong probationary period. The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department now has 35 firefighters, Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang said; the maximum the department can have is 40.

• Approved Jasper Police Officer Logan Jones’ hiring date as Feb. 15, to make sure that is stated in the board’s records.

• Approved purchasing vehicles from Washington Chrysler for the police department. Those include a 2019 Dodge Charger for $23,068, which includes the trade of a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, and a 2019 Dodge Durango for $28,970, which includes the trade of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala.

• Gave Street Superintendent Jeff Theising permission to seek a new mechanic to replace Dave Dalton, who will end his 38-year career with the street department on March 29.

• Adopted May 1 as a rain date for the Prevent Child Abuse Kids’ Festival. The festival, which is hosted by the Child Advocacy Center, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Jaycee Park.

• Approved requests for the events associated with Old Jasper Day and the Lion’s Club’s Strawberry Festival, which will happen on Sunday, May 19. The club will use two shelter houses at the Dave Buehler Plaza and the area around the shelter houses to sell strawberries and treats as part of the festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Jasper Chamber of Commerce will use the Riverwalk area and gazebo and the train depot area for Old Jasper Day activities, such as train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, beer-making demonstrations and an afternoon concert. Board member Nancy Eckerle, who is executive director of the chamber, abstained from the vote.

• Approved the chamber’s request to use the Riverwalk and gazebo area for its annual Summer Riverwalk Concert Series. Concerts will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, and Saturday, July 20. Eckerle abstained from the vote.

• Approved the use of the lawn area near the train depot for the Jasper Farmers Market. The market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from May 25 to Oct. 5.

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