Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide read a proclamation declaring this week Downtown Development Week in Jasper.

• Approved Health Pointe Fitness to host the 12th annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk on the morning of Thanksgiving, which is Thursday, Nov. 28.

• Approved a partial lane closure near Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center on or around Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the hospital replaces an oxygen tank. A 150-foot stretch of northbound Dorbett Street will be closed for several hours while the work is completed. Flaggers will be in the area so traffic can continue to flow in both directions.

• Heard a Thyen-Clark Cultural Center construction update from Arts Director Kyle Rupert. He explained that with the wave of dry weather, work has been progressing well, and crews are optimistic about their schedule. Steel continues to go up at the site as other parts of the building’s skeleton also take shape.

• Approved closing the alley behind Trinity United Church of Christ for the moving of equipment on Friday afternoon.

• Accepted a letter of resignation from Chris Schmidt, who was a member of the Jasper Fire Volunteer Fire Department.

• Opened a bid for 14 sets of fire department turnout gear from Mid-America Fire & Safety in Evansville. The cost is $31,051.60. That lone bid was taken under advisement.

• Heard that the Jasper Fire Station will hand out treats during regular trick-or-treat hours on Thursday, Oct. 31.

• Approved a resolution prohibiting trespassing in the Patoka River, near the dam under the Third Avenue bridge. City officials explained that the dam can be a safety hazard. Low head dams have caused numerous deaths and injuries across the state over the last few years. The resolution now goes to the Jasper Common Council.

• Approved offering a sergeant position to David Burger. Burger would begin work in the position on Monday, Oct. 14.

• Approved trading in various police department items, and also junking several other pieces of department equipment.

• Heard an update on the police department’s body camera program. Two officers will be issued body cams in early November, and approximately three to four weeks after that, the rest of the department will be outfitted with the equipment.

• Approved closing 100 South, just west of the Kimball International, for one day this week or next week for street department work.

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