Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

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

• Heard a progress update on the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. The project is on track to be completed no later than Dec. 28, and the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department has been inspecting the building about once a month to ensure safety.

• Approved the purchase of a new dispatch radio console for the Jasper Police Department, pending approval of funding from the Jasper Common Council. The console will cost $138,641.92, which will be partially funded through the CARES Act.

• Approved a change order of $79,243.32 for additional work on Portersville Road. City Engineer Chad Hurm said the soil was worse than expected. Half the original cost of the project, which was $426,870.32, will be covered by Community Crossings grant money.

• Heard that three new employees recently started with the Jasper Street Department.

• Approved the purchase of a 1,600 gallon low profile tank for the street department, which will cost $2,025, which includes shipping and handling. The department received bids from local companies, but the least expensive was from an out-of-state company.

• Gave the street department permission to seek quotes for a flatbed for a new brine truck.

• Approved an agreement with Universal Design Associates to refurbish the interior of Jasper City Hall. The total cost comes to $9,750 and will likely be complete by early 2021. These updates include extra furniture in the entrance to ensure COVID-19 safety.

• Approved a letter of service agreement with TREC, a program that allows counties to collect outstanding debts for delinquent charges, such as parking tickets, by intercepting tax refunds. City Attorney Renee Kabrick said the program is finishing its third year and seems to be beneficial.

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