Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Approved the Kiwanis Club of Jasper to use the Dave Buehler Plaza for the group’s annual Kiddie Carnival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14.

• Approved the Southern Indiana Leathernecks Marine Corps League to host the group’s 16th annual Armed Forces 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, May 16. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race will start at 8 a.m.

• Heard from Kerstiens Homes, who is requesting payment for work that will extend 32nd Street by approximately 120 feet. A base coat is on, but the work is not finished. The new segment of road leads into an apartment development called Park Place. For the project, Kerstiens has completed tree removal, cut and fill work and more near 32nd Street’s intersection with Virginia Street. The city has previously paid Kerstiens for similar road projects, and a vote on the exact amount to be paid to the company was tabled to the board’s next meeting, when final numbers will be presented.

• Approved extending a letter of credit with Kerstiens, who is currently constructing the Trinity Crossing subdivision near Gregory Lane and Kluemper Road. The letter will be extended until Feb. 1, 2021, in the amount of $124,000.

• Approved placing a dumpster at 924 W. 19th St., for the purpose of a home remodel. The dumpster will sit outside the house for four to five weeks, beginning next week.

• Heard that of 413 calls the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department received in 2019, 220 of them were medical calls — a rising number.

• Approved the street department to seek quotes for a new one-ton dump truck. Also approved the department to seek quotes for two vibratory plate compactors.

• Approved the street department to spend an additional $142 on its completed tree limb and yard waste grinding project. Superintendent Jeff Theising estimated a not-to-exceed amount that was previously approved by the board.

• Approved a service contract with Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission that will see the codifying of 2019 City of Jasper ordinances at a cost of $3,800.

• Heard that Mayor Dean Vonderheide passed an executive order last week that will compensate dispatch employees working overtime during a hiring period.

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