Meeting: Jasper Utility

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

”¢ Heard that the level of Beaver Lake is being lowered by 6 feet to winter pool. General Utilities Manager Bud Hauersperger said property owners should not make changes to their docks yet, as a contract is being completed with Christopher Burke Engineering to have the Indianapolis-based engineering company determine how the lake’s normal water level can be raised.

Ӣ Congratulated the wastewater department on winning safety awards from the Indiana Water Environment Association. A story can be found here.

Ӣ Approved 2014 capital expenditure requests for the five utility departments. The approved expenditures total $415,000 for wastewater, $218,000 for water, $212,000 for electric, $101,000 for the business office and $15,000 for gas.

”¢ Approved multiple quotes for chemicals the water utility will use next year. Gas and Water Manager Ernie Hinkle said that if the department uses the same amount of chemicals next year as it did this year, the total amount that will be spent is $167,740; 2013’s total is $163,670.

”¢ Wrote off $9,850 in bad debt for the year. This represents .025 percent of the year’s sales, which totaled $39.3 million. Last year, $16,770 was written off.

”¢ Heard that $14,410 was collected in 2013 from utility customers who didn’t pay their bills and were taken to small claims court. Last year, $23,830 was collected.

”¢ Recommended to the city council that 10 feet of a public easement be vacated on the north side of Nicholas Wollenmann’s property at 398 Gardenia Lane, which is at the north end of the street.
Wollenmann wants to add on to the north side of his home and move his deck north, which would place the structure in the current easement.

Ӣ Heard a presentation about the Indiana Clean Cities Coalition from Kellie Walsh, executive director of the coalition. Last month, Jasper Utilities became a member of the coalition, whose mission is to be a resource for members in their deployment of alternative fuels and technologies. As a part of this, the coalition will help the gas committee conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of installing a natural gas filling station in the city. Walsh said that a luncheon for fleet owners and operators has been scheduled for Jan. 31 at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

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