Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Approved Midtown Holdings LLC to temporarily place a dumpster near the building located at 107 E. 14th St. for at least two weeks. After renovations, that building will house two upstairs, multi-bedroom apartments, as well as one or two commercial spaces on the main floor.

• Accepted a right of way for property owned by Shawn and Chasity Ingle for a property on the north side of Jasper.

• Approved use of the Jasper Fire Station around noon on Friday, Nov. 29, for when Santa comes to Jasper. Santa will ride in a parade from the station to his house on the Courthouse Square around 1 p.m., and the event will end at 3 p.m.

• Heard that the city’s annual O’Tannenbaum Days will take place Dec. 6-8. The board permitted organizers to facilitate carriage rides on various downtown streets during those days.

• Accepted the resignation of Jasper police officer Dakota Foote, effective Wednesday, Oct. 30. Also approved Police Chief Nathan Schmitt to open the hiring process for a new officer.

• Approved junking four police department laptop computers and a fire department automated external defibrillator machine. Cale Knies, Jasper’s director of personnel, safety and loss control, also requested that two computers be scrapped, and that request was approved.

• Accepted a quote valued at $31,519.60 for 14 sets of Jasper Volunteer Fire Department turnout gear from Mid-America Fire & Safety, on the condition that the Jasper Common Council approves a budget transfer.

• Approved splitting costs with the city utilities to upgrade the City of Jasper’s website to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Divided down the middle with the utilities, the civil city will pay $3,250.

• Approved eliminating 200 feet of parking on the south side of Fourth Street, east of Mill Street, near the construction site of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. The parking will not be available until after work is complete.

• Approved creating a three-way stop at the intersection of 32nd Street and Virginia Avenue. That recommendation now goes to the Jasper Common Council for final approval.

• Approved installing a stop sign at the intersection of Pine Valley Drive and 150 North.

• Heard that trick-or-treat hours for the city will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters should only knock on the doors of homes that have porch lights on.

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