Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Approved Granite Inliner to perform a wastewater line inspection and cleaning at a cost not to exceed $50,000.

• Approved the application for a non-resident water connection for Randall and Marcia Lindauer, pending legal review. The Lindauers will need to sign an annexation waiver before the work is completed.

• Heard a presentation from representatives with Indiana Section American Water Works Association. In June, the city’s Municipal Water Utility was presented the Wendell LaDue Utility Safety Award. At Monday night’s meeting, water works association representatives presented a $500 check to the department.

• Approved the awarding of a low bid to Brooks Brothers Trailers of Troy, Missouri, for a three-reel, turret-wire trailer at a price of $42,412.

• Heard an update from Jasper Utilities General Manager Bud Hauersperger on the deconstruction of the 15th Street power plant. The project is still on schedule to be completed in December or January, but could be delayed due to unforeseen work.

• Heard an update on the U.S. 231 waterline project from Hauersperger. Work will begin in October, and the first segment — which runs from Bartley Street to Clay Street — will be completed by the end of November. Updates and traffic pattern changes will be posted to the City of Jasper Facebook page.

• Approved a change order from Mitchell & Stark Construction on the city’s phosphorus treatment facilities project. The order will replace two, 24-inch manholes with 48-inch manholes at a cost of $14,973.

• Approved the disposal of various items per the city’s annual asset disposal authorization form.

• Heard that Umbaugh, independent municipal advisors, will be in Jasper to work on a water rate study today and Wednesday. Hauersperger estimated the city’s water committee will review the  findings in about a month.

• Approved a resolution for new utility department wages and salaries to begin in 2019. At last month’s budget hearings, the Jasper Common Council approved a 3 percent wage increase across the board for all full-time city employees, as well as a $1 per hour for permanent part-time employees and 30 cents an hour for seasonal, part-time employees. Other positions will also receive additional raises on top of those numbers.

• Approved a $7,500 settlement with Lewen Line Construction of Jeffersonville for damage made to the city’s utility infrastructure during the installation of fiber cables at 15th and Mill streets. The damages were unearthed between 2015 and 2017, and the city had been working with Lewen to collect the money. The settlement amount was previously approved by the Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety.

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