Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Opened a quote for a loader backhoe for the gas department. The lone submitted quote came from Diamond Equipment of Evansville and its net value was $19,856 after a trade-in. The quote was tentatively approved, pending a spec review.

• Opened a quote for the inspection and cleaning of large-diameter sanitary sewer lines. The lone bid was supplied by Granite Inliner of Orleans, and it was approved, pending spec review. The work will not exceed $50,000.

• Opened a quote for a digester roof replacement for the wastewater department. The lone bid was received from Schmidt Contracting of Jasper at $38,450. It was approved, pending a spec review.

• Approved splitting costs with the civil city to upgrade the City of Jasper’s website to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Split down the middle with the civil city, the utilities will pay $3,250.

• Approved a resolution that involves posting no-trespassing signs on both sides of the dam under the Third Avenue bridge and at the bottom of the Beaver Lake spillway. A similar resolution was previously approved by Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety, and an ordinance now goes to the Jasper Common Council for final approval.

• Approved the annual professional services agreement for the city’s SCATA system, which will continue to give the city access to software upgrades and priority access for emergencies. The estimated cost is $12,092.

• Heard that grass has begun to grow at the site of the deconstructed power plant. A couple pieces of the plant still remain at the site, but they will be removed soon. The board approved Bud Hauersperger to negotiate an official removal deadline with the group that salvaged the building.

• Approved Gas and Water Manager Tim Doersam to send out bid requests for chemical purchases for 2020. Also approved the purchase of a fluoride chemical pump at a cost not to exceed $7,000.

• Approved joining the American Public Gas Association’s mutual aid program.

• Approved scrapping 100 city gas meters.

• Heard that hydrant flushing is complete, and priming work has begun on the south tank rehabilitation project. Weather permitting, the work could be completed within a month.

• Approved the purchase of a service truck with a crane for the wastewater department from Bob Luegers Buick GMC. The cost is $62,498.

• Retroactively approved the Economic Development Association’s final acceptance report of the U.S. 231 water supply and pressure improvement project.

• Approved a resolution recommending salary and wages for city utility employees in 2020. Across the board, all full-time salaried and hourly positions are slated to receive 2% raises, as will permanent part-time employees, seasonal employees and temporary positions. That number is consistent with the raise civil city employees are expected to receive. The ordinance now goes to the common council for final approval.

• Approved renewing an existing loan of funds between the electric department and the water department for a five-year period. The remaining balance is $747,060.80. The resolution now goes to the common council as an ordinance.

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