Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Heard an update on the U.S. 231 water project.

• Opened quotes for various water department chemicals for the year of 2019. Bids were submitted by Brenntag Mid-South of Henderson, Kentucky; Chemical Resources Inc., of Louisville, Kentucky; Hawkins Inc., of Roseville, Minnesota; Mississippi Lime of St. Louis; Univar of Cincinnati; and Water Solutions Unlimited of Camby. Gas and Water Manager Tim Doersam took the bids under advisement.

• Opened quotes for wastewater piping and pump bases for two city lift stations. Pending a spec review, Aspire Industries LLC of New Albany was the low bidder and was approved to complete the work at a cost of $25,440.

• Recommended the approval of a petition to vacate a public utility and drainage easement in a lot located on University Drive in the Timber Ridge Estates II subdivision. The petition will now be voted on by the Jasper Common Council at its next meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 610 Main St.

• Heard from General Utilities Manager Bud Hauersperger that one-third of the power plant has been scrapped or dismantled. Another third will be scrapped after Thanksgiving and finished before Thanksgiving, and the final third is slated to be scrapped and finished in January. Once the salvaging is complete, the ground will be seeded. The board approved an eight-week extension for the work.

• Approved an agreement with Corrpro for the annual cathodic protection inspection of two city water tanks, pending City Attorney Renee Kabrick’s final approval.

Authorized entering a natural gas discount program with PEFA Incorporated.

• Approved a non-resident connection to the City of Jasper’s wastewater system, pending the final approval of an annexation waiver.

• Approved wastewater infrastructure modeling of the north side of Jasper by Midwestern Engineers for about $21,850, pending legal review. A representative from Midwestern said the modeling can be used as a forecasting tool for the area’s future growth.

• Approved a waterline stabilization project for a line on the city’s northwest side, pending legal review. The total cost of the project is $119,125 and will come from the wastewater department’s operation and maintenance fund. Ragle Inc. of Newburgh will complete the work.

• Appointed Wayne Schuetter as secretary of the board.

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