Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Approved an agreement that designates two police officers to serve as school resource officers at Greater Jasper Schools. Tracy Lorey, the corporation’s superintendent, said the officers are vital staff members that ensure school safety.

• Approved Young Masonry to complete work on the Fire Horse Yoga building in the near future. A portion of the sidewalk near 513 1/2 Main St. will be closed during the project, which could take a week or longer.

• Approved the St. Charles Health Campus to host its third annual Friday Night Family Fright 5K at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. It will span from the health campus to Jasper High School, and back.

• Approved the closing of the intersections of Herbig Lane and Genevieve Avenue and Hilary Drive and Genevieve Avenue from 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31, for a block party.

• Heard an update from Arts Director Kyle Rupert regarding the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. Foundation wall work and backfilling continues at the site, and stone floor slab installation will begin soon. Hopefully, steel will start going up at the site later this month, Rupert said.

• Approved closing the west side of the intersections of 13th Street and Newton Street, as well as 10th Street and Newton Street, for about three weeks. A two-lane traffic pattern change will also take place in between 13th Street and 10th Street on Newton Street. Storm sewer replacement is ongoing in that area.

• Opened quotes from Ruxer Ford and Uebelhor & Sons for a new police truck. The bids were taken under advisement and will be discussed at the board’s next meeting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at City Hall, 610 Main St.

• Approved $3,216 worth of computer upgrades for the street department.

• Approved beginning the hiring process for a new, part-time planning technician. Danica Fleck, the city’s former planning tech, recently left to work on the Mid-States Corridor project with the Lochmueller Group.

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