Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Recognized Kathy Pfister, Jasper’s community development and planning assistant, for her 25 years of service as a city employee.

• Opened a quote for concrete and asphalt crushing and demolition. That lone quote came from Innovative Crushing & Aggregate Associates of Clarksville, and was valued at $33,607.84. It was taken under advisement by Street Department Superintendent Jeff Theising.

• Heard an update regarding an encroachment at 1677 Sweet Gum Dr. A contractor installed a fence in violation on that property. The homeowner told the board he did not have the time or money to move the fence at this time, and the board informed him that he will be notified about the decision regarding his property.

• Heard an update regarding the construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. Substantial completion has been bumped back a week to Monday, Nov. 23. Arts Director Kyle Rupert said he believes that date could wiggle back and forth as work continues. Sidewalk work is being finalized at the site, and construction is “moving along at a pretty good clip,” Rupert said.

• Heard that the Freedom Lamp that sits outside the Jasper Public Library will move to St. Joseph Catholic Church. The roughly 9-foot-tall statue honors Jasper native Father Robert Greene, who was nearly executed while doing missionary work but miraculously survived and returned to his homeland.

• Approved purchasing a part that will repair a tornado siren that is not working. The siren — located on 17th Street — is in need of a new VHF receiver. The total cost is $1,980.

• Heard that carbon monoxide flyers will be distributed this month to Jasper residents in their utility bills.

• Heard that a group of residents living on Clearview Avenue is installing a storm sewer to city standards. City Engineer Chad Hurm explained that upon its completion, the residents will request that the sewer become part of the city’s inventory.

• Heard that the Portersville Road widening and enhancement project is nearly complete. It is expected to wrap up within the next week or so, with some grading work extending beyond that.

• Approved seeking quotes for an air compressor that will be used by the Jasper Street Department. The cost to replace it is estimated to be about $12,000.

• Approved a quote from Busler Enterprises of Evansville for $1.78 per delivered gallon of Geomelt 55 (or beet juice) to be used for de-icing and snow fighting for the 2020-21 winter season.

• Approved the replacement of 212 aging street marker signs. The cost is $2,967, and the new marker signs will come from Stello Products of Spencer.

• Approved a two-year contract between the city’s legal department and West Law, an online legal research service and proprietary database. The city taps Westlaw for research materials and online services. The cost of the contract is $396 per month.

• Heard that the third Downtown Chowdown event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Courthouse Square. Masks or facial coverings are required.

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