Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Approved the Great Dilly Bar Race 5K Race to take place on Saturday, Oct. 5. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Jaycee Park and is a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.

• Approved the closure of 100 South between Kimball Boulevard and Dispatch Road for approximately five days to allow Huntingburg Gas to relocate a main line.

• Approved Gudorf Plumbing and Heating to partially close Mill Street between 16th and 17th street on Thursday for a sewer lateral replacement. That stretch of road will experience a full closure on Friday for project-related work.

• Approved closing Second Street from east of the Hometown IGA to Clay Street, on Saturday, Oct. 12, for the annual Indiana State School Music Association band contest hosted and sponsored by the Jasper band program at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium. The closure area is the same as it has been in past years and will be in place from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m.

• Approved the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association to use the sidewalks on the Courthouse Square for the 26th annual Kids Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. The street will remain open to traffic during the event.

• Approved Team RWB’s annual 9/11 Freedom Walk, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8. The walk will begin at the Huntingburg Event Center and end at Los Bravos in Jasper, after participants loop around the Courthouse Square and walk over Memorial Bridge.

• Heard that Sgt. Doug Hettinger will retire from the Jasper Police Department on Friday. The board approved retiring his handgun and also approved beginning the process to fill his vacated position.

• Approved the purchase of a 2019 Chevrolet pickup truck from Uebelhor and Sons at a cost of $28,255 for the police department. Two older vehicles will be traded in as part of the purchase.

• Approved beginning the hiring process for a new dispatcher that will be hired near the end of the year.

• Approved offering employment to four individuals to join the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, effective Sept. 30, provided all conditional offer requirements are met. Also accepted a letter of resignation from former firefighter Tyler Lechner.

• Heard completion dates for various projects that include road closures. The Newton Street stormwater project taking place between 10th and 13th street will be completed by Monday, Sept. 9; the 12th Avenue project is slated to be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 1; the Kluemper Road project will be completed by Friday, Nov. 1; and work on Mill Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Street will be finished by Saturday. Police Chief Nathan Schmitt reminded drivers to not cut through private parking lots as a way to avoid construction.

• Accepted an agreement that enters the city into a curb sweeping contract with the Indiana Department of Transportation through 2023.

• Approved renewing telecommunications systems service agreements through Matrix Integration that will cost the city $14,379.11.

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