Meeting: Jasper Public Works and Safety

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

• Approved DC Multisport to host the annual Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will take place during Jasper’s O’Tannenbaum Days weekend. It is slated to begin at 8 a.m., and the route starts at Dave Buehler Plaza and ends at Downtown Fitness & Running.

• Approved carriages to use city streets for rides during the upcoming O’Tannenbaum Days. Also approved the annual Santa Comes to Town event, which is set for Nov. 23.

• Approved the ordering of Class B uniforms for 23 Jasper Police Department officers. The bids included the cost of a long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt and set of pants. The low bidder was Siegel’s Uniforms of Evansville at a price of $4,945 and the bid was approved. Police Chief Nathan Schmitt described the uniforms as more practical and easier to work in. Special buttons and pins will not be displayed on the Class B uniforms.

• Appointed Cody Schmitt and Greg Vonderheide as training officers for the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department, beginning in 2019.

• Heard a briefing from Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang on the dangers of carbon monoxide. Common carbon monoxide producers include clogged chimneys, gas or wood burning furnaces, vehicles running in attached garages, an improperly installed kitchen range or vent and a cracked or loose furnace exchanger. Hochgesang recommended that residents install carbon monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area and on every floor of a property.

• Heard that the City of Jasper will be recognized tonight as the state’s community of the year at the Indiana Chamber’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The award is given annually to a Hoosier community for significant contributions to its local business climate and overall image.

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