Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety

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

• Swore in Nona Baker as a member of the Jasper Library Board and Eber Menjivar as a member of the utility service board.

• Approved the Jasper Police Department to host an informational event called Bark in the “Park” lands that will focus on pet ownership. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Jasper Parklands.

• Approved Jasper Community Arts to host the annual Chalk Walk arts festival in June. The event will be held on the downtown Square on Saturday, June 1. The Square will be closed to traffic from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Approved the annual Church in the Park event and Miles for Missions 5K walk and run event on Sunday, June 2, at the Jasper Riverwalk and Dave Buehler Plaza.

• Approved the Jasper Library to use the park in front of the building for its summer learning kickoff. That event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3.

• Approved the Southern Indiana Leathernecks to host the 15th annual Armed Forces Day 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, May 18. The race will start at 8 a.m. and will be held at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex.

• Approved two 15-foot easements on the previously vacated Royal Street, near Kimball International. The easements include a sanitary sewer line and a waterline that run along the street.

• Approved a contract with VS Engineering for the inspection of a multi-use trail project for $209,000. Most of that cost will be reimbursed. The new portion of trail will begin at the current north Riverwalk access point at 15th Street to Kellerville Road, and then along Cathy Lane to Mill Street and back to the north end of the Buffalo Trace Golf Course. All board members voted in favor, except for Nancy Eckerle, who expressed concerns about the path the trail will follow. The project will be bid out by INDOT in the near future.

• Approved the upgrading of light fixtures at the Jasper Fire Station to LED fixtures.

• Approved the purchasing of DARE program T-shirts at a cost of $4.04 per shirt, not to exceed 400 shirts.

• Approved the purchase of a new K-9 officer for the police department with $16,500 in private donations. The new animal will be a dual-purpose dog, meaning it will assist with apprehensions and narcotics. The dog will be a German shepherd and an officer currently serving on staff will be selected as its partner.

• Approved the conditional employment of Elijah Mundy, a new police officer.

• Approved a contract with Four Rivers Ride Solution.

• Approved a 2019 agreement of support with Dubois Strong.

• Heard that 15th Street from Newton St. to Main St. will be closed through the end of the week.

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