Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Tabled a decision to close streets for the city’s annual Strassenfest. Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide said, “there’s a lot of review being considered regarding the Strassenfest and what steps we need to take. Whether or not we even have it this year, or if it’s delayed.”

• Opened two bids for a mini-excavator for the Jasper Street Department and took them under advisement. Hopf Equipment submitted the low bid of $47,776 after trade-in, and Whayne Supply Company of Evansville also submitted a quote.

• Opened bids for a Meyer snow plow that will be used on a new, 1 ton truck that’s purchase was approved at a meeting earlier this month. IMPCO Technologies submitted the low bid at a cost of $4,823. Central Parts Warehouse of Tinley Park, Illinois, also submitted a quote. Those bids were also taken under advisement.

• Approved closing the westbound lane of 36th Street near Walgreens and 36th Street’s intersection with Newton Street for up to four days — depending on weather — to replace gas valves. The left turn lane at the intersection will remain open to traffic traveling straight and those turning left. The project is expected to begin in early May. The closure’s approval is dependent on coordination with the Indiana Department of Transportation temporarily modifying the intersection’s traffic signal for safety purposes.

• Retroactively approved the purchase of a radio card for the dispatch radio console. The cost was $4,912.

• Heard of weed letters that were sent out to businesses and homeowners.

• Approved seeking asphalt rejuvenation quotes for pavement preservation projects on city streets. Also approved accepting a single source quote from liquid road sealer from SealMaster of Indianapolis at a price of $42,900.

• Approved closing a section of Portersville Road, as necessary, as the city completes a road widening and enhancement project. The project will begin soon and has an Aug. 1 completion date.

• Approved renewing the city’s subscription to NBI, a legal education program. The city’s subscription will last three years.

• Approved a resolution regarding road inventory that acknowledges the addition of mileage to the city’s inventory. That mileage is reported to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

• Heard that the construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is still on budget, and the project is on track to be completed later this year.

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