Meeting: Jasper Utility Service Board

The Jasper Utility Service Board met Monday and:

• Opened quotes for a loader backhoe that will be used by the water department. Erb Equipment Company of Evansville submitted a quote of $25,600 after trade in, Diamond Equipment of Evansville submitted a quote of $29,200 after trade in and Wayne Supply of Evansville submitted a quote of $42,599.73 after trade in. The low bid from Erb was taken under advisement.

• Opened quotes for a hydraulic impact hammer for the gas and water departments. The first came from Wayne Supply and was valued at $15,675 and the next from Diamond Equipment and was for $15,600. The low bid from Diamond was approved.

• Opened quotes for a half-ton collection truck that will be used by the wastewater department. Bob Luegers Buick of Jasper submitted a quote valued at $32,400 and Uebelhor & Sons of Jasper submitted a quote for $29,614. The board approved purchasing the Uebelhor & Sons truck, pending a spec review.

• Heard a presentation from Clayton Boyles, the executive director of the Dubois County Community Foundation. A full story is on Page One.

• Approved a professional services support plan contract with Survalent for the city’s SCATA system. The renewal cost is the same as it was in 2019 — $12,454.

• Approved a non-resident water connection request for Dennis and Brenda Hoffman for the property at 496 E. 36th St.

• Approved Liquid Engineering to complete an independent inspection of the city’s south water tank. The city is currently in a dispute with Tank Pro Inc., who recently rehabilitated the tank and is supposed to inspect it annually.

• Approved hiring internally to replace Jason Ruhe, the city's gas distribution crew leader, who resigned on Tuesday. The external hiring of a new distribution mechanic was also approved.

• Approved a proposal from Midwest Engineers for a Kellerville lift station upgrade. The two-story station in question was installed in 1964 and later updated in 1988. The total cost for the project engineering is $87,000.

• Approved a non-resident wastewater connection request from Ken Schnaus for the property at 4241 W. Division Road.

• Approved a proposal from Tyler Technologies that covers $19,963 in advanced metering infrastructure fees. A recurring maintenance fee of $21,542 was also approved.

• Approved an annual natural gas refund for $48,900. The money will be used to create a discount for future gas costs.

• Approved a 2021 salary ordinance that will provide a 2 percent increase in pay across the board for full-time positions, part-time positions and temporary and seasonal positions.

• Approved permission to start the hiring process for an administrative assistant at the city’s gas and water plant.

• Approved two resolutions establishing the city of Jasper’s city limits as the territory boundaries for the city’s gas and sewer utilities. The resolutions allow existing customers of other utilities to remain the customers of those utilities.

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