Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Recognized L.H. Sturm Hardware Store for 125 years of business in the city. Mayor Dean Vonderheide read a proclamation congratulating owners Sharon and Bernie Messmer. A story about their business ran in Saturday’s Herald.

• Heard that the Indiana Department of Transportation will begin repaving Newton Street on Monday. The long-awaited project will start on the north side between Schuetter Road and 37th Street; push south to Sixth Street; and then head west to Bartley Street, near the Y intersection.

• Approved the purchase of a thermal imaging camera from Mid-America Fire & Safety for $6,580.50. The fire department had previously applied for and received a $6,800 grant for the piece of equipment.

• Approved removing a fire department generator from the city asset list. It will be for sale at the city auction, which is set to take place on Saturday, June 20. The auction will begin at 8 a.m. and take place at the street department facility, located at 305 Clay St.

• Heard of a letter sent to the property owner at 1405 Franklin St. That residence is in violation of several city codes, including unsafe building, accumulation of waste, weed abatement and miscellaneous nuisance. City Attorney Renee Kabrick explained that if these violations are not addressed, the city’s next steps will probably involve using a wrecker to move a vehicle away from the debris and clean up the property. It is estimated that process would cost more than $5,000 and would become a lean on the property.

• Heard from Arts Director Kyle Rupert that the construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is still on schedule and on budget.

• Heard that Jasper City Hall will open to business on Monday. Masks are required upon entry, sanitation spots will be set up throughout the building and social distancing will be practiced. Vonderheide stressed that the COVID-19 threat is not over.

• Approved blocking three parking spaces in front of city hall on the Courthouse Square on Thursday, June 18, to clean out items for the upcoming auction.

• Approved junking police department desktop computers.

• Approved submitting an annual letter of credit to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in the amount of $86,695.41. The letter is concerning the city’s landfill. The number is adjusted every year for inflation.

• Approved the transfer of an automated external defibrillator from the old Ruxer Golf Course Pro Shop to the street department garage.

• Approved seeking quotes for close to a dozen replacement chairs for the upstairs conference room at city hall. The current chairs are in rough shape — wheels are falling off them, and armchair arms are separating from the chairs.

• Approved an amendment to a lease that clarifies who is responsible for certain types of maintenance in and around the parking areas near the Jasper River Centre.

• Approved tapping the services of the Indiana Region 15 Regional Planning Commission to apply for grant funding that could play a role in the acquisition and rehabilitation of the old Ditto Sales building located at the Y intersection in Jasper.

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