Meeting: Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety

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

• Approved Rob Gutgsell of the Jasper Park Department to clear trees — the majority of which are dead ash trees — on the back nine of the Buffalo Trace Golf Course. Following Indiana Department of Environmental Management approval, the trees will be burned in a controlled fashion.

• Heard an update on the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center construction from Arts Director Kyle Rupert. Steel continues to go up at the site, and more and more of the arts wing roof has been installed as metal studs are put in.

• Accepted the resignation of volunteer firefighter Shane Wagner, who has been with the department for 11 ½ years.

• Approved Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang to seek bids for 32 self-contained breathing apparatuses — or air packs — for the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. The city budgeted $220,000 for the packs in the 2019 budget.

• Approved setting the hiring date for two new Jasper Police Department officers for Nov. 20. The officers will be sworn in at 5 p.m., prior to the Jasper Common Council meeting on the same day.

• Approved purchasing a new printer for the records division at the Jasper Police Department. The amount of the printer is $3,875 after trade-in.

• Heard that the city began implementing its police body camera program last week. Two officers have been outfitted with cameras in their cars and on their bodies. More will suit up with them in the next phase, which will start near the beginning of 2020.

• Approved the Dubois County Highway Department to close a section of 47th Street between Porterville Road and Rhine Strasse, beginning Dec. 2, for approximately two weeks. During that time, a bridge in that area will be replaced.

• Approved the planting of four trees in various places downtown, along Mill Street.

• Approved junking three street department computers.

• Approved starting the process of promoting two street department members to new foremen positions. Their old positions will not be filled.

• Opened bids for an electric, two-post vehicle lift. The lone bid came from Indiana Automotive Equipment of Maxwell, and was $24,570. It was taken under advisement.

• Approved City Attorney Renee Kabrick to work on an interlocal agreement between the county and its municipalities regarding a trail connectivity project. Though no official action has been taken to move forward with an expanded trail project, the communities are eyeing the submission of a bid that could ultimately net them grant dollars from the Indiana State Department of Health for a regional pedestrian and bicycle master plan.

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