Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Approved the closures of streets on and around the Courthouse Square for the 17th annual Chalk Walk, which will take place on Saturday, June 6, with a rain day of Saturday, June 13. Main Street between Fifth Street and Seventh Street, as well as Sixth Street between Jackson Street and Newton Street will be closed from 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Up to 2,000 people attend the event on average, explained Community Arts representative Corina Mack.

• Approved Christine Howard of the Jasper Public Library to use the Library Park — in front of the library building — for the annual summer learning kickoff on Monday, June 1. The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Last year, it brought in between 200 and 250 people.

• Approved Tammy Lampert, on behalf of the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Coalition and other agencies, to use the Jasper Armory Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the Kids Fest on Wednesday, April 22, with a rainout date of Wednesday, April 29.

• Approved Ashley Lueken of the Jasper Jaycees to use the Jaycee Park on Saturday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for an Easter egg hunt. This is the 40th annual iteration of the event.

• Approved German American Bank to complete its annual Clean Sweep event on Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. During the event, community groups clean up trash from along the roads and German American reimburses the groups $25 per bag of trash collected, up to $300.

• Approved the 10th annual Deaf Awareness Picnic, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Riverwalk’s Dave Buehler Plaza. A picnic, games and Riverwalk hike will all take place after the event begins at 10 a.m.

• Heard a construction update on the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center from Arts Director Kyle Rupert. The construction is still on schedule to wrap up later this year.

• Approved purchasing a Knox Box Keysecure that will store a master key that can open the Knox Box systems throughout the city. It will be attached to a Jasper Volunteer Fire Department fire truck. The total cost for the device and software is about $2,000, and was budgeted.

• Approved the hiring of American Test Center to inspect two fire department aerial trucks at $570 each, and to inspect ground ladders at a cost of $1.65 per foot of ladder.

• Approved the purchasing of practice and duty ammunition for the Jasper Police Department. The total cost of the ammo comes out to $7,119.50, and the ammunition will be purchased from the Great Outdoors of Jasper and Kiesler Police Supply.

• Approved the junking of a police department laptop.

• Heard that the city street department will replace an additional 158 traffic signs. In December, the board approved the replacement of 80 street signs, but a technical issue prevented the additional failed signs from showing up in the department’s system previously. The amount approved to purchase the additional signs was $2,811.60 and was budgeted.

• Approved an annual contractual agreement in the amount of $4,500 between the City of Jasper and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. The agreement covers service items provided by the chamber to the city.

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