Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Held a moment of silence for the first Dubois County resident who died from COVID-19. Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide urged residents to practice social distancing precautions to minimize the local impact of the spreading virus.

• Vonderheide proclaimed the week of May 10 to 16 as National Police Week. He thanked and recognized members of the force and everyone involved with the Jasper Police Department for the work they do.

• Awarded the city’s summer street micro-surfacing projects to Pavement Solutions Inc. of Middletown who submitted the low bid of $149,464.64. Strawser Construction of Columbus, Ohio, also submitted a quote.

• Approved the closure of Mill Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Street for sanitary sewer work, beginning on Monday. Ed Hollinden, Jasper wastewater manager, said the project could last a couple of days or the whole week, and the weather could also impact the timeline.

• Heard from Arts Director Kyle Rupert that the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is still on budget and on schedule. The contractor has picked up time due to good weather, and leadership is working on the final details of how the space will operate.

• Approved a request for a 50-50 sidewalk project. The approximately 90-foot project will be completed with Andy Welsh, and it will address a concrete path on Clay Street, adjacent to the property located at 216 W. Sixth Street.

• Approved closing portions of Ninth Street, near their intersections with Newton Street, for a storm sewer project. That project will take place on Newton Street from Eighth Street to Ninth Street. Chad Hurm, the city engineer, said the work has been awarded and will begin “as soon as possible.” He estimated the closure would last for a day. The city has been coordinating with the Indiana Department of Transportation, who will repave the road this summer.

• Heard from Jasper Police Department Chief Nathan Schmitt that while calls are down overall, domestic calls are up during the pandemic. “They are slightly up,” he said, adding that while the increase hasn’t been dramatic, “obviously any increase in that is not a good thing.”

• Offered to extend a conditional offer of employment to a new, probationary police officer.

• Approved accepting IMPCO’s $4,823 low bid for a Meyer snowplow that will be used on a new, 1 ton truck.

• Approved accepting the low bid for a Bobcat mini-excavator at a cost of $50,026 from Hopf Equipment.

• Approved transferring a vibratory plate to the gas and water department. Also approved another vibratory plate to be sold at the city auction that will take place on Saturday, June 20.

• Approved a $93,809.88 quote from Rejuvtec, a sole-source provider that will complete road rejuvenation projects this summer.

• Heard that work is expected to begin on the Jasper Mayor Youth Leadership’s council interactive downtown mural at the end of May or in early June. The mural will be displayed on the Kerstiens Building, which is located at 215 Mill St., near the Spirit of Jasper Train Depot. A gathering space will also be assembled nearby.

• Heard that Jasper City Hall is open to the public by appointment only at this time. At-risk personnel are continuing to work remotely. Vonderheide said he thinks the building will be in “pretty good shape” to open up again after Stage 4 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s reopening plan begins on June 14.

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