Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Tuesday and:

• Reorganized the board’s elected positions for 2020. Roger Seng will serve as chairman; Tara Eckman as vice chairman; Eber Menjivar as secretary; Phil Schmidt as electric commissioner; newly appointed member Mike Harder as the water commissioner; Brian Hostetter as gas commissioner; and Adam Auffart as wastewater commissioner.

• Opened quotes from two dealers for a midsize truck to be used as a utility locator for the gas and water departments. The low quote came from Ruxer Ford at $32,070 and was approved, pending a spec review. A quote from Bob Luegers Buick GMC was also received.

• Heard that all equipment has been removed from the site of the old Jasper power plant. Some sitework still remains and will be completed this spring.

• Heard from a Midwest Engineers representative that rehabilitation work on the city’s south-side water tank has been substantially completed. The project wrapped up behind schedule and additional expenses were incurred, and the board moved to hold all retainage until further evaluation of the project.

• Heard that a wastewater modeling project and report was completed last month. The modeling is a tool used to evaluate the city’s current system and how it could be improved as it grows.

• Approved moving forward with completing the fourth stage of a SCADA upgrade project, at a price not to exceed $31,000, pending legal review.

• Approved Tim Doersam to begin the hiring process for a permanent, part-time custodian and maintenance employee.

• Opened a quote for a hydrogritter at a price of $57,219. The lone quote came from BL Anderson — the sole source provider of the equipment. The purchase was approved, pending legal review.

• Approved a conflict of interest disclosure statement from Phil Schmidt. Schmidt owns Schmidt Contracting, and the utilities obtain supplies and services from the company.

• Heard that Bud Hauersperger attended an Ireland Water board meeting earlier this month to discuss the draft of an agreement that could be set up between Ireland Water and the Jasper Utilities.

• Heard that officials have taken steps to lower water at Beaver Lake down to winter pool. Even with recent heavy rains, the water has not reached the top of the spillway.

• Granted final approval of the utility’s gas line relocation program. Information about the program will be presented to homes that have been identified as having a gas service line under a structure. Costs of the removal will be split between the utilities and homeowners.

• Heard that next month’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, due to the regular meeting date falling on Presidents Day.

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