Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

The Jasper Board of Public Works met Tuesday and:

• Opened bids for a project that will facilitate the widening of Portersville Road from Ackerman Road to 47th Street. A walking path will also be added to the east side of the stretch, and storm sewer repairs will also be completed. Bids were received from Knies Construction of Jasper ($504,937.50), Kerns Excavating of Bicknell ($426,748), United Excavating of Montgomery ($544,690.20) and Love Excavating of Huntingburg ($347,627). Those bids were taken under advisement.

• Approved Dubois County Clerk Amy Kippenbrock to place two cones in front of a parking spot near the Dubois County Courthouse Annex that reserves the spaces for voters. The cones will be placed for voter parking beginning Tuesday, April 7.

• Approved Jamie Jahn to host the Girls on the Run Celebratory 5K event on Saturday, April 25, with a rain date of Friday, May 1. The route begins and ends at the Jasper Middle School track, with jaunts along both the sidewalks on Portersville Road and Ackerman Road. More than 500 participants are expected this year.

• Tabled a request to install a mid-street crosswalk that would connect a Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center parking lot to a nearby building on Dorbett Street that is home to the marketing and business development employees.

• Approved Lisa Bower and Darla Blazey to close the Courthouse Square and surrounding streets on the second Wednesday of each month between May and October for “Downtown Chowdown.” The recurring event promotes food trucks and will begin at 6 p.m. — the Square will close at 4 p.m. — and teardown will end at 10 p.m. Currently about six vendors have said they are on board. A special Food Truck Friday event was approved in the same area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 26.

• Approved purchasing Drug Abuse Resistance Education T-shirts from M.A.S. Whatknots of Jasper at a total cost of $1,612.88.

• Heard that Monday night, checks for $500 were presented to each of the twelve Dubois County fire departments from the Dubois County Community Foundation. Jasper Chief A request will come before the Jasper Common Council next month to move the money into the fire truck donation account.

• Approved conditional offers of employment to four probationary firefighters.

• Approved closing Main Street, just north of Second Street, so the street department can pull out and fill in an abandoned, deteriorating storm sewer. The road will be closed for one day this spring, once asphalt plants have reopened.

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