Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works

Jasper Board of Public Works met Tuesday and:

• Approved the Jasper Jaycees to host their annual Easter egg hunts beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Jaycee Park.

• Approved the Jasper Lions Club to host the annual Strawberry Festival beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in conjunction with Old Jasper Day at the Riverwalk.

• Approved the Jasper Chamber of Commerce to host the annual Old Jasper Day on Sunday, May 20, in the downtown area beginning at 11 a.m. Activities include an outdoor concert, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Spirit of Jasper train rides and the Patoka 2000 duck race.

• Approved ONE Dubois County to hold Dubois County March for Our Lives beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, along Portersville Road and St. Charles Street. The event begins at Jasper Middle School and the walk will conclude at 1435 St. Charles St. The march advocates for common-sense gun control measures in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. The march is part of a national event.

• Approved Girls on the Run to host their annual 5k race at Jasper Middle School on Saturday, April 28. The race path will use the middle school property and portions of Portersville and Ackerman roads.

• Approved a subdivision plat for the Legacy Living assisted living development on the Hochgesang property east of Buschkoetter’s Nursery and Lawn Care Center and north of State Road 56. The plat creates a two-lot subdivision.

• Approved an encroachment on a utility easement for the River Centre development to place landscaping planters partly in the easement. The development is located on the old Jasper Cabinet property on the north bank of the Patoka River.

• Approved offering conditional offers of employment to current patrolmen Greg Brescher and Martin Loya for the department’s two new detective positions. Loya will be a narcotics detective and Brescher will be a general detective. Both will work under Detective Sgt. Jeremy Lee.

• Approved purchasing DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) drug education program T-shirts from Bohnert Advertising of Celestine for the fifth-grade graduation from the program.

• Approved purchasing five new stop sticks for $2,473 from Stop Stick of Harrison, Ohio. Each patrol vehicle carries a stop stick.

• Heard that the shooting review board reviewed an officer’s shooting of a dog in the city last week. The officer has been on administrative leave since the shooting, but was cleared to return since the board found that the officer was justified in shooting the dog.

• Approved the street department to seek quotes for a tractor with a boom mower, which is built as one unit.

• Approved changing Main Street to a two-way street between Seventh and Ninth streets. The road is currently one-way over those two blocks, but drivers consistently drive the wrong direction down the road. The council must approve the change before it takes effect.

• Approved closing Seventh Street between Bartley and MacArthur for utility work from Tuesday, March 20, to Thursday, March 22, during daytime hours.

• Approved a contract with Four Rivers Resource Services Inc. for the Older Americans Center Ride Solutions program. The public transit is offered to anyone and is often used by workers without driver’s licenses, said Older American Center Director Carrie Dick. To use Ride Solutions, call 877-369-8899.

• Approved an auctioneer agreement with Brahm & Brahm Auction Services of Ferdinand. A city auction will be held on Saturday, April 28.

• Approved transferring ownership of the Parklands property from the Redevelopment Commission to the city.

• Approved providing $1,000 to the Dubois County Leadership Academy for 2018. The funds allow the city to send a student to the academy this year. The academy is a yearlong program that culminates in service projects throughout the county.

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