Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Opened bids for a new backhoe loader and took them under advisement. Quotes after trade-in included a $23,356 bid from ERB Equipment Company of Evansville, a $39,800 bid from Whayne Supply of Evansville, a $31,600 bid from Diamond Equipment of Evansville and a $28,537.36 bid from Black Equipment Co. of Evansville.

• Opened bids for a dump truck and took them under advisement. Net quote amounts included $62,723 from Sternberg Chrysler Center in Jasper and two numbers from Ruxer Ford — a gasoline model for $59,980 and a diesel model for $70,732.

• Opened bids for the Patoka River force main project. Kieffer Brothers Construction of Mount Carmel, Illinois, bid $213,535 for 12-inch pipe and $185,665 for 8-inch piping. Infrastructure Systems of Orleans submitted a bid for $503,000 for 12-inch pipe and $481,000 for 8-inch piping. The bids were taken under advisement by Wastewater Manager Ed Hollinden.

• Heard work on the power plant salvaging is moving slowly. The disassembly is now expected to be completed in mid-April.

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

• Approved Midwest Engineers to go through the project bidding and oversee work related to a south water tank rehabilitation project at a total cost of $30,800.

• Heard that a wastewater rate study began last month and more information will be collected next month. More information about the study will be discussed at the board’s May meeting. A gas cost-of-service study is also ongoing and will be further discussed in the coming months.

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