Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Tuesday and:

• Heard an update on the U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvement project. A full story is on Page 3.

• Approved Phil Schmidt as a new board member. He replaces Wayne Schuetter, who was not reappointed by former mayor Terry Seitz.

• Approved the reorganization of the board. Roger Seng will serve as chairman; Tara Eckman as vice chairman; Phil Schmidt as secretary; Keith Masterson as the electric commissioner; Adam Auffart as wastewater commissioner; Brian Hostetter as gas commissioner; and Rick Stradtner as water commissioner.

• Also approved committee assignments for 2019. The gas and water committee will be comprised of Stradtner, Hostetter, Seng, Kevin Manley and Dave Hurst. The electric and wastewater committee members include Auffart, Masterson, Seng, John Schroeder and Earl Schmitt. Seng, Eckman and Schmidt will serve on the finance committee. Masterson will also serve as the board’s representation for the city’s comprehensive plan.

• Opened bids for a primary digester mixing system replacement for the wastewater department from Kieffer Bros. of Mount Carmel, Illinois; Graves Construction Services of Swiss City; Mitchell & Stark Construction Co. of Medora; Cleary Construction Inc. of Tompkinsville, Kentucky; and AllTrade Solutions of Fort Branch. Accepted the low bid from Mitchell & Stark, pending a specification review. That bid amount was $214,294.

• Approved the transfer of a plotter from the city engineering department to the electric department. The move was previously approved by the Board of Public Works and Safety.

• Approved $13,636.27 in Indiana Municipal Electric Association membership and safety dues for 2019.

• Heard that about one month remains on the contract crews have to disassemble the power plant. The land will likely be seeded in March.

• Approved converting six Huntingburg Gas customers to the City of Jasper’s gas service.

• Approved the purchasing of a new copier from Hoosier Business Machines for $3,335.

• Heard that the board’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at City Hall, 610 Main St. City Hall will be closed on Feb. 18 due to Presidents Day.

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