Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Following the national occurrence that will take place next week, Mayor Dean Vonderheide proclaimed April 14 to 20 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Jasper.

• Approved Hughes Paving to make lane restrictions on Dorbett Street between Ninth Street and Eighth Street on Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting. The company will repair a damaged sewer main on those days.

• Heard from Dubois County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock that early voting began today. The board also approved the placement of a cone with a “Vote here” sign on it in front of a Dubois County Annex parking spot from today until primary election day on Tuesday, May 7.

• Approved a supplemental agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation in relation to the multi-use path project that raised the maximum available fund allocation of the project to $2,278,670.84. INDOT will cover 80 percent of that cost. The yet-to-be-laid stretch of trail will begin at the current Riverwalk access point at 15th Street, run to Kellerville Road, along Cathy Lane to Mill Street and back to the north end of the Buffalo Trace Golf Course. The board also approved modifying the city’s inspection contract with VS Engineering on the project.

• Heard from City Engineer Chad Hurm about downtown shrub removal to improve visibility on the downtown Square. The large shrubs once located at the interior corner of each quadrant on the square have been removed. A full story is planned for Wednesday’s Herald.

• Approved a $216,875.09 Community Crossings matching grant agreement. The grant is a 50-50 match for a project that will take place on 12th Avenue.

• Approved Jeff Theising to seek quotes for the repainting of a pole barn on the street department’s premises.

• Opened the lone quote for a 1 ton dump truck for the Jasper Street Department. Ruxer Ford submitted a bid with a net total of $35,331 after the street department trades in a 2006 Chevrolet 3500. The purchase was approved, pending a specification review.

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