Meeting: Jasper Park & Recreation

The Jasper Park & Recreation Board met Tuesday and:

• Heard from Carrie Dick, the facility director at the Older Americans Center, regarding the center’s plans moving forward. Those plans remain up in the air. Dick explained that leadership is waiting and researching before making decisions. Previously planned trips have been put on hold and will be refunded next month. The center’s van, however, is still running — with health precautions in place.

• Heard that former golf director John Bertges worked his last day for the city on Friday. His resignation came after the closure of Ruxer Golf Course, and his position will be replaced with a full-time staffer who will assume the role of a pro shop worker who assists with lessons as well as weekend and evening work. The board approved creating that new position.

• Heard that golf numbers “dramatically increased” in the past month, according to Assistant Park director Rob Gutgsell.

• Opened quotes for a project that would replace the 15-year-old roof that sits atop the Spirit of Jasper Train Depot. A total of $40,000 was budgeted for the roof replacement and train car repairs. The low quote from Pfaff Construction of Ireland came in at $7,839.50, and was accepted by the board.

• Approved hiring about 10 seasonal employees. Positions they fill include activity coordinator to back up Kaci Wehr, who is due to give birth in about a month, as well as lifeguards at the Jasper Municipal Swimming Pool.

• Approved allowing items to be removed from the city asset list and put up for sale at the city auction, which is set to take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the street department office, 305 Clay St. The majority of the items on the list were golf carts.

• Heard from Pool Director Janessa Wagner that pop-up activities are being planned at the pool. They are being planned on a week-to-week basis and follow social distancing guidelines and other health protocols. A “pizza party and swim” will take place at the Jaycee Park at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

• Heard that so far, even though capacity is limited to 50%, numbers are high at the city swimming pool this summer. Guests are coming in from places like Vincennes and Tell City because other area pools are closed. Social distancing and other health precautions are being practiced at the site.

• Heard that baseball and softball leagues have begun practicing. Baseball players will start playing games — under specific regulations — in the coming weeks. Sponsored tournaments will take place in July, and the softball schedule has not been determined.

• Approved permission to seek quotes for repairing the deck at the Jasper City Mill.

• Approved purchasing a Dingo machine seeding attachment at a cost of $7,048.28.

• Approved purchasing a large umbrella with a 20-foot spread that will be placed at the Parklands of Jasper, near the benches by the splash pad. That purchase was approved pending legal review. The cost was $3,852.90.

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