Meeting: Jasper Utilities

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Rejected quotes opened for a backhoe loader in the board’s March meeting. Electric Distribution Manager Jerry Schitter explained the bids came in high, and he will move forward with the purchase of a two-year warranty for the current backhoe.

• Approved the purchase of a dump truck for $59,980 from Ruxer Ford in Jasper. That price includes a trade-in.

• Heard from Bud Hauersperger that deconstruction work on the city’s old power plant is ongoing. Wet weather has saturated the ground and complicated the process. The board approved an extension on the work through the end of May.

• Heard an update from Nick Jahn of VS Engineering regarding the U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvement project. Surface restoration has, for the most part, concluded on a chunk of the project from Second Street to 15th Street along Newton Street. Work has since jumped north to a section on Newton Street between 30th Street and the area around Matthew Avenue, near the city’s water tower. The construction schedule has slipped slightly, but work is still on pace to wrap up by the end of July.

• Approved a $5,212 change order to the above project, covering the cost of line connection work in an earlier phase.

• Approved the retirement of assets at the 30th street regulating station. The assets have no value and will be junked.

• Heard that fire hydrant flushing will begin on Monday and will continue through the end of May.

• Approved the boring of a 12-inch pipe at a price not to exceed $213,535 from Kieffer Brothers Construction of Mount Carmel, Illinois, as part of the Patoka River force main project.

• Approved two applications for non-resident wastewater connections on Maplecrest Boulevard, pending the recording of annexation waivers. Residents at the properties have signed annexation waivers that last 10 years.

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