Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Opened bids for a water department slope wall replacement. The bids came from Krempp Construction of Jasper and Ragle Incorporated of Newburgh. Ragle submitted the low bid at $104,700, and it was approved by the board.

• Opened a quote for large diameter sewer inspection and cleaning for the wastewater department. The lone bid came from Granite Inliner of Orleans and it was approved. The total project cost will not exceed $50,000.

• Heard that the Beaver Lake drain will be opened on Monday, Nov. 16.

• Approved a three-year service agreement with Harshaw Trane for the air conditioning system at the city’s water plant. The total cost was $8,703.

• Approved a resolution recommending that the city’s municipal water service territory be established within the corporate boundaries. Going forward, that would mean that the city of Jasper has the right to service all customers that are located within the city’s corporate boundaries, except for customers that already have another service provider. Upon annexation, however, residents would become Jasper water customers — but the city could waive that right and allow another utility to serve those customers.

• Approved a resolution eliminating 2001 extension debt service charges. Sanitary sewer was run to Hooterville all those years ago and the southwest area along Division Road. The debt service is set to expire in December.

• Approved a non-resident wastewater connection request for a man who plans to build a home on the 300 block of State Road 164. The connection was approved, pending the signing and recording of an annexation waiver.

• Approved pursuing an agreement with Sensus that would bring an Advanced Metering Infrastructure system to city utility customers at a cost of about $2.5 million.

• Approved pursuing a grant that would help the city utilities bring two electric vehicle charging stations to Jasper. One would be located near the Spirit of Jasper Train Depot, and the other would sit in a parking lot near the intersection of Seventh and Mill street.

• Heard of code enforcement violations at the Camelot Inn. A notice was sent to ownership, who indicated to the city that they were going to work on contacting contractors to “help them resolve their issues,” explained City Attorney Renee Kabrick. Those issues have not been resolved, however, and a notice of continuous violation fine has been assessed to the property.

• Heard that Mayor Dean Vonderheide intends to revisit the city’s downtown revitalization project plans. Those plans will be discussed Wednesday evening at the Jasper Common Council’s monthly meeting, which will take place at 5:30 p.m., at city hall, 610 Main St.

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