Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Heard Mayor Dean Vonderheide proclaim this week as National Police Week in Jasper.

• Opened bids for a 12th Avenue reconstruction project. The low bidder was Knies Construction of Jasper who would complete the work at a cost of $484,464.90. Those bids were taken under advisement.

• Opened bids for a 2019 trash truck. Bids were received for models from Best Equipment Company and Central Indiana Truck Equipment Corporation, both of Indianapolis. These bids were also taken under advisement. The city will trade in a 2007 model truck as part of the purchase.

• Opened bids for a new backhoe. The low bidder was ERB Equipment of Evansville, who would complete the work at a cost of $62,590. The bids were taken under advisement. The city will trade in a 2008 model backhoe as part of the purchase.

• Approved the Jasper Farmers Market to allow parking in what is typically a no-parking area on the east side of Jackson Street on Saturday mornings from May 25 to Oct. 5.

• Approved the closing of sidewalks and parking spaces on the east side of Mill Street during the weeks of May 27 and June 3, during renovations to the Indiana Furniture building’s roof.

• Approved a temporary lane restriction of the northbound lane of Mill Street, north of Third Avenue, for work on two Knies Construction projects that will begin in June.

• Heard from Arts Director Kyle Rupert that despite wet weather, progress is being made at the site of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. Soil stabilization has gone well, he said, and the construction of the structure’s building pad will begin soon.

• Approved a change to the city fire department’s handbook that allows those who live outside of Jasper, but within the extraterritorial area extending up to two miles from the city’s municipal boundaries, to join the force.

• Approved the junking of six police department laptops that have been used in cars since 2012.

• Approved the purchase of a Motorola mobile dual band radio at a cost of about $5,700. The radio will be installed in the police department’s new K-9 officer vehicle.

• Approved a myriad of street paving and resurfacing; liquid road application; asphalt rejuvenating and micro-surfacing projects that will take place across the city. The total estimated cost of the work is $1,909,462.83. Street closures and restrictions will be posted and announced through local media.

• Approved the filling of a soon-to-be vacant street department labor position.

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