Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Heard an update on the construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. Sidewalks are being poured around the building, most of the drywall is up in the building and other work is finishing up at the property, too. The project is still on schedule and on budget.

• Approved junking an old laptop computer used by the Jasper Police Department.

• Approved permission to seek proposals for driveway modification work that would be completed on Sixth Street and potentially Newton Street. That project would grind or cut down and seal the lips of about 15 driveways, which, following the Indiana Department of Transportation’s repaving project through the area, are now higher than city leadership expected they would be. City Engineer Chad Hurm explained that once proposals are received, the project would be completed within a week or two.

• Approved the street department to close County Road 100 South, between Kimball Boulevard and Dispatch Road, for widening and storm sewer work. The road will be closed for two to three weeks, as needed, at a yet-to-be-determined date.

• Approved the removal of a tree at 326 W. 9th Street.

• Heard that the ongoing Portersville Road project — which, among other enhancements, will widen the roadway — is now scheduled to be completed the week of Aug. 24. That work was originally slated to wrap up earlier this month.

• Approved the annual school resource officer agreement. This year’s agreement is largely the same, with the one difference being the amount the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation will reimburse the city per officer. That amount is $92,614.24.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the city to accept a single quote for a project that would remove striping on part of St. Charles Street. No quotes were received when they were requested earlier this year, and this resolution allows street department leadership to find someone who does the work and negotiate with them.

• Heard from Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide, who said the city has taken steps to make this evening’s Downtown Chowdown event more COVID-19-resistant. Masks and social distancing will be required, and more trucks will attend to ease congestion issues. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. this evening on the Courthouse Square.

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