Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety

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

• Approved the Jasper Cross Country Parent Booster Club to host the sixth annual Wildcat Runaway 5K Race and Walk on Saturday, April 13. Organizers anticipate about 100 runners will participate.

• Approved plats for Jasper Pottery Inc., and the proposed Thyen-Clark Cultural Center building.

• Approved Vectren to temporarily close and restrict parking on a stretch of Mill Street from Ninth Street to Fifteenth Street to work on utility poles in January. The work will last a day or less.

• Approved Precision Concrete Cutting of Indianapolis to complete downtown sidewalk grinding at a price of $9,756. Also approved an additional $10,244 to be encumbered for more potential sidewalk work in and around downtown. The money will come from leftover dollars in the city’s sidewalk replacement fund.

• Approved City Engineer Chad Hurm to seek quotes for a new, large format plotter. The current one was purchased in 2010 and has had maintenance issues recently. The city’s stormwater board has agreed to pay up to $7,500 for the replacement and the remainder will come from the engineering budget. The plotter is estimated to cost between $8,000 and $10,000.

• Accepted the resignation of volunteer firefighter Kerry Kinder, a 10-year department veteran. Also opened the department hiring process.

• Approved Jasper Police Department Chief Nathan Schmitt and Assistant Chief Aaron Persohn to attend the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Indianapolis in January.

• Approved the purchase of nine new phones from Matrix Integration of Jasper for the police department for $1,587.21.

• Approved Brewer Farms to complete grinding of trees and limbs at the resource recovery site for $13,178. Also approved the company to complete additional work at a cost of $1.80 per yard.

• Approved Ackerman Oil to supply regular unleaded gasoline, diesel fuel, and gas in diesel fuel to the city in 2019.

• Approved the purchase of a FlipScreen screening attachment for $28,975.

• Heard that the final week of loose leaf collection will take place Dec. 17-21.

• Approved requests from two departments to advertise for summer internship programs.

• Heard that the final meeting of the year will take place at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at City Hall, 610 Main St.

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