Meeting: Jasper Common Council

The Jasper Common Council met Wednesday and:

• Heard an update from Dubois Strong President Ed Cole. The group will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It's purpose is to share an overview of what the group accomplished last year and what it is targeting in the future. A panel will also discuss Southern Indiana transportation connectivity.

• Approved the signing of a declaration making the council the fiscal body for the Jasper Public Library, as required by state law. As the fiscal body, the council will review the library's budget annually. This process will begin in 2021.

• Approved an ordinance that adds credit and debit cards as allowable payment forms at the city utility office. It also establishes that processing charges will come with using those cards. Debit and credit cards cannot yet be used to pay bills, but utility office leadership is currently “very close,” explained City Attorney Renee Kabrick.

• Discussed an ordinance that would have made changes to the city’s firearms and bows ordinance. Among other items, that new ordinance would have allowed for the use of crossbows within city limits. The final vote was 4-3 in favor, but because it was voted on during its first reading, a two-thirds majority vote was required.

• Continued the ongoing discussion of the public nuisance ordinance changes. Council members were given a draft of the proposed modifications and told to reach out to Kabrick to fine-tune it before voting on it.

• Approved extending the executive order that suspends the enforcement of certain municipal code sections pertaining to signage and outdoor seating. The order will now run through Jan. 18, 2021.

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