Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Accepted a plat for Hunter’s Run Estate, which is a two-lot subdivision that is located on St. Charles Street, north of Schuetter Road, on the condition that the planning department also grants secondary approval of it. The Jasper Plan Commission granted primary approval of the plat in January.

• Offered a conditional offer of employment for a probationary police officer position to Seth Eckstein. The position will become effective after all the conditions of the offer of employment are met. The board also motioned to keep the qualified applicant pool open for two years.

• Approved the purchase of five bulletproof vests and accompanying accessories for the police department. The department splits the cost 50-50 with the U.S. Department of Justice through a program, and the total cost the Jasper Police Department will pay is $6,60, The equipment will come from Siegel’s Uniforms of Evansville.

• Heard that the department has received a $1,000 grant from the R. Pete and Linda Sermersheim Family Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation. Police Chief Nathan Schmitt thanked them for the donation.

• Heard that the police department’s body and car camera program fully launched last week.

• Opened bid proposals from two companies for new, self-contained breathing apparatuses — also known as air packs — for members of Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. Hoosier Fire Equipment of Greenfield submitted a bid for $205,600, with an annual flow test charge of $1,523. Donley Safety of Indianapolis turned in a bid for $200,576. Both bids were taken under advisement.

• Opened bids for two vibratory compactor plates for the Jasper Street Department. The bids were taken under advisement.

• Opened one bid for a 2020 1-ton truck with a dump bed that will be used by the street department. The lone bid came from Ruxer Ford of Jasper, and with a trade-in allowance, the net quote amount was $38,488. That bid was also taken under advisement.

• Approved launching the creation of a multi-modal transportation plan in collaboration with Lochmueller Group of Evansville. The contract cost was $87,922, and additional expenses will not exceed 5% of that number. The process is expected to wrap up at the end of the year. It will include public engagement, and will focus on major road networks and intersections, how the city could potentially connect to the future Mid-States Corridor, a bicycle and pedestrian plan, as well as a fiscal plan on how those projects could be paid for with other funding sources.

• Approved a five-year lease agreement for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program house. Also heard that a carport on the property will be turned into a comfort room for the children, and that is reflected in the new lease.

• Approved entering a contract with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP of Indianapolis to begin crafting a five-year comprehensive financial plan and a five-year capital plan.

• Heard from Mayor Dean Vonderheide, who said he believes the community has done a great job of practicing social distancing. He wished the best of health to all citizens and asked that they “do what’s right — act as though you have the virus and you’re not wanting to spread it to anyone else.”

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