Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Heard Mayor Dean Vonderheide read a mayoral proclamation announcing that July 7-13, 2019, is officially the Jasper Chamber of Commerce Week. A full story on the Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s 65th anniversary can be found on Page 3.

• Approved the blocking off of five parking spaces on Eighth Street between Newton and Main streets on Monday, July 22, from 7 a.m. until completion, for the purpose of delivering furniture to German American Bank.

• Approved the right of way and easements that are part of the plan for the Autumn Creek III subdivision, which will be located south of the Reyling Drive terminus, west of the 34th Street terminus, and east of St. Charles Street.

• Heard that work on the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center was delayed due to rain, but it is now picking up again.

• Opened bids for a new chiller to be used at the Jasper Arts Center. Bids were received from Messmer Mechanical and Mehringer Plumbing and Heating. The low bidder, Messmer Mechanical, was approved to complete the work at a total cost of $78,600, contingent on a spec review.

• Accepted a drainage tile installation encroachment at 693 Genevieve Ave.

• Heard that reconstruction will begin next Monday on 12th Avenue from U.S. 231 to Kimball Boulevard. The concrete road currently in place will be demolished, cement will be stabilized and an asphalt roadway will be built. Sections of curbing and gutters will also be rebuilt, as will storm sewers located along the street. City Engineer Chad Hurm said the project will be completed in phases to allow continual access to businesses along the road. Work will wrap up at the end of September.

• Heard that work on the city’s river shelf project has been delayed due to rain and high water levels at Patoka Lake over the past six to eight months. Hurm estimated the project — which will create a stabilized channel width on part of the Patoka River near the River Centre development — will now begin in the fall.

• Accepted the resignation of fireman Jason Shaw, who had been a member of the department for 10 years.

• Approved the purchase of a RamBox cargo management system for a police department truck at a cost of $1,295. That vehicle will be used by a school resource officer, and the RamBoxes will be purchased with donation dollars.

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