Meeting: Jasper Common Council

The Jasper Common Council met Wednesday and:

• Heard a Utility Service Board report from Bud Hauersperger. Quotes were opened and tentatively approved for a loader backhoe, large diameter sewer cleaning and inspection and a digester roof replacement. The board agreed to fund part of a project that will make the city’s website compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and approved a recommendation to put up no-trespassing signs under the Third Avenue Bridge and at the Beaver Lake spillway, among other purchases and approvals.

• Approved the appropriations for the 2020 budget. Also approved the advertised property rate of 1.1099 — though, the actual rate could end up being lower. The advertised rate for the 2019 budget was 1.0722, and the actual rate is 0.8589.

• Approved the maximum pay rates for civil city and utility employee positions for 2020. Maximum pay rates for civil city and city utilities employees will include a 2% increase.

• Held a public hearing concerning an ordinance for the proposed additional appropriation of $50,000 in the EDIT fund for sidewalk improvements along Newton Street. That appropriation was then approved.

• Approved an ordinance prohibiting trespassing on the Beaver Creek Lake dam spillway, as well as on or near the Patoka River dam spillway located near the Third Avenue bridge.

• Approved an ordinance authorizing a five-year loan from the electric department to the water department for the balance of the UV project. The ordinance is a refinance of the 2014 five-year loan for the project.

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