Meeting: Jasper Common Council

The Jasper Common Council met Wednesday and:

• Heard a Jasper Utility Service Board report from General Utilities Manager Bud Hauersperger. Monday night, the board welcomed new board member and water commissioner Mike Harder to his first meeting. The low bid for an electric department generator was approved from EVAPAR of Evansville at $22,575, pending spec review, and the low bid for a compression and cutting tool was approved at $6,912.80 from Power Line Supply. Midwestern Engineers sent a request for a fee increase regarding inspection work on the south water tank rehabilitation project. Due to additional time the contractor spent at the site, an additional $19,500 will be paid to Midwest Engineers for their work on that project, but that should be offset by money forfeited by the contractor, Hauersperger said. The board also approved expanding the winter level valve time frame at Beaver Lake.

• Approved an ordinance concerning appropriations that move money from the city’s general fund to the fire department, and from the city’s EDIT fund to the contractual fund. Per already approved measures, $300,000 of the transferred funds will be used as part of the city’s initial payment for the Mid-States Corridor project study; $50,000 will be used to pay for the Jasper Police Department’s body camera program; and $220,000 will be used to purchase air packs for the volunteer fire department.

• Approved an ordinance revising non-recurring utility service charges. Also approved an ordinance revising language for security light service installation.

• Tabled voting on an ordinance that deals with animal noises and the punishment that owners can face for violating it. Residents expressed concerns with the ordinance’s language — particularly the exemption of animal businesses from the ordinance. The ordinance will come before the council at its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at City Hall, 610 Main St. In the meantime, the council is seeking input on the matter.

• Approved a declaratory resolution that affirmed the Economic Development Commission’s scoring of the second phase of a development in an economic revitalization area. The designated area in question was Park Place Estates, which is located near Nancy Baer Trucking on Jasper’s north side. The second phase of the project will introduce 44, two-bedroom apartments in six buildings, and a host of amenities, to the site.

• Approved a conflict of interest statement for Paul Lorey, who works at Hopf Equipment in Jasper.

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