Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Approved the Jasper Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council to utilize city green space as a gathering place for the group’s first community project. The project is an interactive mural designed by the Jasper High School Society of Fine Arts Club, as well as a gathering space that will be installed on the Kerstiens building by the Jasper Indiana Farmers Market, across the street from the new Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.

• Approved upcoming dates that food trucks must receive special invitation from Jasper Youth Soccer to function at the Schroeder Soccer Complex, due to a heightened level of busyness at the site. Those dates are April 4-6; July 27-31; Oct. 2-5; and Oct. 12.

• Heard from a representative with the Wettlauf 5K road race and fitness walk, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1. The representative requested that 15th Street be closed during the event, but the board tabled that request so city entities could collaborate with organizers on a solution.

• Approved the Jasper Indiana Farmers Market to set up at the intersection of Third Avenue and Jackson Avenue this spring and summer. The market’s season runs from May 23 to Oct. 3, on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon.

• Approved closing the west side of the Courthouse Square for the Dubois County Veterans Council’s annual Memorial Day event. The square will be closed from 9:15 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The board also approved the veterans council to use the Jasper City Hall parking lot on the Square for the event.

• Approved Rally Point Events to host the Red, White and Brauen Music Festival, on Saturday, June 13. The board also approved the blocking off of a couple nearby streets earlier in week of the event, as well as on the day of the festival, which will take place on ground near Uebelhor Toyota on the city’s south side. Funds raised from the festival will be donated to veterans organizations as well as nonprofit groups. Fifty percent of the profits will go to Dubois County, 25% will be saved for future events and the remainder will cover operating expenses.

• Heard that construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is still on schedule and on budget.

• Opened bids for a 34th Street improvement project, which includes widening and installation of curb and gutter along the road, beginning at the city park location and heading west to the ditch line where the Autumn Creek III development is ongoing. Bids were received from Knies Construction of Jasper and Mehling Construction LLC of St. Anthony. Knies supplied the low bid of $144,485, and both bids were taken under advisement.

• Approved a request for a sidewalk project near the Trinity United Church of Christ’s office building on Ninth Street. The short stretch of sidewalk will be replaced, and the costs will be split evenly between the church and city.

• Approved promoting Wayne Murry from firefighter to lieutenant at the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, effective April 1.

• Approved Cale Knies to start the hiring process of an assistant custodian at city hall.

• Approved purchasing 100 traffic safety cones from Michael Todd & Company at $1,700.

• Approved road closures at West 14th Street between Park Street and Maute Street for two days to install a storm sewer; Kundeck between West 14th Street and Beckman for about one week to replace a storm sewer and broken curb and gutter; Dorbett Street between West 10th Street and West Ninth Street for one day to install a storm sewer. Also approved alley closures north of 13th Street between Newton and Kundeck for one day to replace a storm sewer; as well as on the north side of East 13th Street between Jackson Street and Mill Street for repairs that could last up to two weeks.

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