Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety

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

• Heard from Nancy Eckerle that it is Downtown Development Week across the state. This week, the Jasper Public Library will place chapters of a story in the windows of downtown businesses and City Hall. Those walking in the area can go from business to business to read each page of the fall-themed storybook through the end of October.

• Heard from Jasper Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenny Hochgesang that this week is also National Fire Prevention Week. The department will visit area schools this week, which will end with a fire prevention parade on Sunday afternoon in Birdseye.

• Heard that the city’s Red Ribbon Week campaign will take place Monday, Oct. 29, through Friday, Nov. 2. Nationally, the week takes place Oct. 23 to 31, but was changed locally due to local students’ fall break. The week spreads preventative awareness of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

• Approved St. Charles Health Campus to host a Friday Night Family Fright 5K Walk and Run at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. The route will begin and end at the St. Charles Health Campus.

• Approved Chapman Construction of Evansville to place a dumpster outside a home located at 358 Gardenia Lane for two days the week of Monday, Oct. 15.

• Approved City Engineer Chad Hurm and the Jasper Street Department to fix offset sidewalks around the downtown Square that are trip hazards. The work will be completed this calendar year and roughly $20,000 in funds will be used from the remaining 2018 sidewalk budget.

• Approved the Jasper Police Department to seek bids for a school resource officer vehicle. The vehicle will be funded by donations. Police Chief Nathan Schmitt said the car will be similar to a D.A.R.E. vehicle that “sticks out, kind of shows off the school, and just kind of gets people interested, especially students, to where it can maybe break down some barriers and starts conversation.” City Attorney Renee Kabrick said the vehicle will be plain on the exterior with a wrap around it.

• Reopened bidding for snow plows that are part of the 2018 budget. No bids were received in the first window.

• Approved Jasper firefighter Chris Schmidt to take a leave of absence that can last up to one year.

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