Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Heard from Bud Hauersperger, general utilities manager, that the dismantling of the old power plant is still ongoing. Much of the building has been deconstructed, but a small portion of the structure is still standing.

• Heard from Gas and Water Manager Tim Doersam that the discount natural gas program with PEFA Incorporated will begin in August. The board authorized the city to enter the program in November.

• Heard that a project that connected residents living on State Road 56 to Jasper’s gas infrastructure has been completed.

• Heard that work has been completed on the water supply and pressure improvement project along U.S. 231. Only punch-list items remain, and those will be checked off soon.

• Heard that a maintenance staff member will retire later this summer. The board approved Doersam to fill the position in-house, and hire someone for the vacated position from a pool of applicants.

• Approved an updated water territory map and a written agreement with Ireland Utilities that would facilitate city water services to an area just off of Sunshine Drive, should it ever be developed. The Ireland group has not yet signed that contract and is currently mulling over its options, a representative said at the meeting.

• Approved the purchase of a service truck for the wastewater department truck from low bidder Sternberg Chrysler at a cost of $15,990.

• Approved a change order to the Rolling Hills sanitary sewer project that knocked off $1,860 from its price tag. Love Excavating completed the work.

• Approved a change order for the Patoka River force main project. The order changes the size of the pipe and will cost and additional $3,737.50.

• Approved Hauersperger to get the ball rolling on the creation of an information systems coordinator position.

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