Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety

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

• Approved the Dubois County Bark for Life, an event similar to Relay for Life, but centered on man’s best friend. Dog owners will walk the track at Bohnert Park with their pets, and all proceeds will go to the Dubois County Relay for Life. The event will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

• Approved the annual Halloween at Central Green event from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. The gathering is open to children ages 12 and under and attracts hundreds of participants. The rainout location is the pavilion at the Parklands of Jasper.

• Approved the gas department to close 14th Street between Mill Street and Jackson Street for the replacement of gas valves. That section of road will be closed from Monday, Sept. 16, to Wednesday, Sept. 18.

• Heard from Arts Director Kyle Rupert that steel beams are going up at the site of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. The goal is to have at least part of the building up before winter so work can continue inside during the colder months. Rupert added that he believes crews are on pace to finish construction by the end of December 2020, despite a slow start due to June rains.

• Approved road closures for the wastewater department while crews install a new force main. As part of the project, closures will take place on Cemetery Drive at its intersection with Brucke Strasse, as well as on the access road that leads from River Centre Landing near Third Avenue to Buehler Plaza on the Jasper Riverwalk. These closures will last two weeks and will begin on Monday, Sept. 23.

• Heard that due to water levels at Patoka Lake, the Patoka river bank stabilization project has been put on hold. City Engineer Chad Hurm explained that the city is working with the contractor “in regards to terminating the contract,” and the work will likely be rebid next spring.

• Heard that the Touch a Truck event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 26, at the William Schroeder Soccer Complex. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it could incorporate food trucks if the Jasper Common Council moves on the city food truck legislation that has been discussed in recent months.

• Approved the conditional hiring of two new city police officers.

• Approved Police Chief Nathan Schmitt and Assistant Chief Aaron Persohn to attend the 2019 International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago later this month.

• Approved the street department to buy GEOMELT from Busler Enterprises of Evansville at $1.73 per delivered gallon. That product will be used for de-icing and snow fighting during the 2019-20 season.

• Approved the closing of Wilhelm Strasse at its intersection with 42nd Street on the city’s south side to replace a storm sewer. Wilhelm Strasse will be closed at that point for one day next week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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