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Tuesday morning the Jasper Board of Public Works & Safety reviewed and approved June 19th-25th to be acknowledged as the Jasper Chamber of Commerce Week.

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce was incorporated back in 1954 with this year marking the chamber’s 62 year anniversary.

The chamber works with businesses, merchants, and industry to advance the civic, economic, industrial, professional, and cultural life of the Jasper community.

The week of June 20-24th also happens to be Small Business Week for the state of Indiana and is fitting for the proclamation approved by the board Tuesday morning.

The Chamber will hold an Open House on Tuesday, June 21 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m to welcome the community of Jasper who have not yet visited to do so and meet Executive Director Nancy Eckerle and personnel Tina Vaal. Also on hand that day will be their guest, Troy Phelps, the Regional Director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center.

Other public business proposed involved request for city property such as usage of the riverwalk and gazebos for Fall events in September which were approved by the board.

Another Fall event that was discussed was the Strassenfest as as Chairperson,Andrea Hedinger, briefly stated the city property being used are the usual locations and that planning elements are similar to last year as no new events, road closures , or new use of property is being proposed. Mayor Terry Seitz congratulated Hedinger for her accomplishments in her 2 years as Strassenfest Chairperson as well as acknowledging all city departments who work on the preparation for the events implementation.

For more information about the Strassenfest visit the website at http://www.jasperstrassenfest.org/ .

Chief Mike Bennett also took the podium as he conducted a summer notice on scooter and moped use. He stated that these are motor driven cycles not to be mistaken or considered as motorcycles. Chief Bennett state that there are two types of motor driven cycles for the state of Indiana: Class A and Class B. Both require proof of ownership, a helmet required if under 18 years of age, and other similar and distinctive regulations, to view these regulations visit http://in.gov/bmv/3221.htm.

OTHER BUSINESS

Lastly, a new event was introduced to the board and public as Touch-A-Truck Event that was approved to be held on July 16th 9am-11am in the Jasper Train Depot, with a rain day scheduled for July 30th. This event aspires to provide the Jasper community with a up close view of the vehicle equipment used by city departments. Director of Personnel, Safety & Loss Control, Cale Knies, stated that this event is a great opportunity for not only youth but citizens to observe where funding is being placed for useful city equipment.

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