Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Opened a bid for a 2.5-ton dump truck that would be used by the Jasper Street Department. The bid was from Sternberg Automotive Group of Jasper and was valued at $136,404.48, after trade-in. That bid was taken under advisement for a specification review.

• Opened a quote for an air compressor that would be used by the street department. That quote came from Air Systems LLC of Lousiville, Kentucky, and was valued at $11,860. That quote was also taken under advisement.

• Opened two bids for three new SUVs that would be used by the Jasper Police Department. Washington Chrysler Center submitted the low bid at a price of $87,007, after trade-in. A quote was also submitted by Uebelhor & Sons of Jasper. They were both taken under advisement until the board’s next meeting, which is set to take place at city hall, 610 Main St., at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

• Approved a property development initiative agreement with Heart of Jasper, a new nonprofit organization program that will administer $50,000 in grant funding to downtown businesses for facade enhancement projects. The city will contribute dollars to that grant initiative; that amount will be determined by the Jasper Common Council.

• Approved an agreement with Hafer Associates of Evansville that is concerned with establishing design standards and specifications for projects completed in the downtown area. The total amount of the agreement is $12,600.

• Approved the annual “Santa Comes to Town” event to take place on Friday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. A parade will take place from the Jasper Fire Station to the house on the Courthouse Square. Face masks will be required at the event and a safety plan will be developed with the Dubois County Health Department.

• Approved the Jasper O’Tannenbaum Days to take place Dec. 4-6. Services will be provided by the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce during the annual festivities.

• Approved two change orders in a total amount of about $100,000 for additional work that will take place on the city’s multi-use trail project.

• Heard that doors have been installed inside and outside the site of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, toilet partitions have gone up in the bathrooms and wood floors will soon be laid in the galleries and multi-purpose room. The arts department will begin moving into the space in mid-November.

• Gave Jasper Police Department Chief Nathan Schmitt permission to seek quotes for new radio dispatch control consoles. The price is estimated to be between $100,000 and $150,000.

• Accepted the retirement of police officer Duane Lindauer. His last day will be Wednesday, Oct. 21.

• Heard that the police department was the recipient of a grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation that will see the installation of 25 AED machines in the department’s vehicles. The board recommended that the Jasper Common Council accept that grant.

• Approved a professional services agreement that will see the purchasing of equipment and software that will be used with web program Cisco Webex to broadcast city meetings, pending legal review. The total cost is $69,922.98. Those dollars will come from CARES Act funding.

• Approved purchasing approximately 10 skids of asphalt crack fill material from CRAFCO Inc. of Chandler. The 22,500 pounds of material costs $9,900.

• Approved the purchase of a used brine truck that will be used by the street department for $33,000.

• Heard that curb work on Third Avenue should wrap up soon and its intersection with Mill Street should reopen by the weekend.

• Approved a recommended parking resolution that would prohibit parking on 15th Street from Kellerville Road, east, to the city limits; and on the north side of 23rd Street, from Mill Street to Terry Lane. That recommendation now goes to the Jasper Common Council.

• Approved the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District to install a new ceiling fan at the office at 1103 S. 350 W. That facility is being leased to the waste district by the city.

• Heard that the city’s last Downtown Chowdown will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Nine trucks are scheduled to be at the event. Facial coverings are required.

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