Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Heard a proclamation from Mayor Dean Vonderheide that proclaimed the month between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month in Jasper. “I think it’s an important thing to celebrate our heritage,” Vonderheide said. “And we do quite a bit on the German side of things. But as our culture changes, as our makeup changes, diversity changes — it’s important that we also recognize those other cultures contributing to our community.”

• Opened quotes for a heating system for the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department station on East Sixth Street. Bids came in from Schmidt Contracting, Messmer Mechanical and Mehringer Plumbing and Heating — all of Jasper. Schmidt submitted the low quote of $12,228. It was accepted, pending a spec review.

• Opened bids for a project that will facilitate the installation of sidewalks on Newton Street from Schuetter Road to 30th Street. The bids came from JBI Construction of Evansville, Kerns Excavating of Bicknell and RiverTown Construction of Newburgh. JBI submitted the low bid of $87,550, and it was pending spec review. The city would like to complete the project this fall.

• Approved the Jasper Parks Department to use the Dave Buehler Plaza for the 20th anniversary of the Jasper Riverwalk. A ceremony will be held at the plaza on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. Music, snacks and refreshments will all be part of the event, which is set to last until 1 p.m.

• Approved the parks department to host its annual Halloween at Central Green. Safety modifications will be made, and leaders are working with the health department while planning. The event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is for children ages 12 and under.

• Approved the newly formed Heart of Jasper nonprofit to host a pumpkin trail walk before the Halloween at Central Green event on Oct. 25. The trail will begin near the Spirit of Jasper Train Depot and end at Central Green. A representative explained that the group hopes to offer free pumpkins to kids at the Jasper Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 3, and they are encouraged to bring them back on Oct. 25. The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m.

• Approved a private birthday party to take place at the 34th Street Park early next month.

• Approved the route for the annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk and Run. It will begin on Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 26 — at 8 a.m. The trot will begin at the Jasper River Centre. All proceeds will go to Girls on the Run of Southwest Indiana.

• Approved the Jasper Police Department to seek quotes for three new police vehicles. The vehicles are in the department’s budget.

• Approved a recommendation to the Jasper Common Council that would allow the police department to accept a $1,500 donation to the police department from the Victory Temple Assembly of God.

• Heard a request from the Victory Assembly of God regarding a trunk and treat event that could be held at the Courthouse Square on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. The board tabled the request so more discussions can take place. The matter will be on the docket at the board’s next meeting, which is set to take place at 8 a.m on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Jasper City Hall, 610 Main St.

• Heard of weed violations in the city.

• Accepted Charlie Kreilein as a full-time member of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. Also accepted Barry Dunlop, James Hellums and Christian Stemply as members of the department — pending the completion of their required training.

• Approved a concrete crushing bid from Innovative Crushing and Aggregate of Clarksville at a cost of $33,607.84. Additional work would cost $6.61 per cubic yard of asphalt or concrete.

• Approved closing the intersection of Brescher Drive at the east side of its intersection with Sapphire Drive while the Jasper Street Department replaces part of a pipe. The intersection will be closed for one day in the near future.

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