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The City of Jasper, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation and the U. S. Economic Development Administration, have announced plans for an upgrade to a water line and improvements along US Hwy 231 within the city.

Pending approval of a 50/50 Economic Development grant and local funding through the Jasper Water Utility the work will take place in 2018 and 2019.

The Jasper Utility Service Board will consider local funding to match the grant at its meeting this evening.

In a release Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz says this has been a collaborative effort.

Seitz says the 231 water line has been a part of the city’s future plans for several years but says city officials new that the city’s work needed to be coordinated with INDOT’s work.

Seitz says the city has been discussing the plan with INDOT since last year and they have budgeted for the project.

In addition to the Jasper Water Utilities, INDOT and the EDA, Seitz thanked the Jasper Street, Engineering and Legal Departments and the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission for the cooperation.

Following tonight’s USB meeting, the Jasper Common Council will consider the resolution for the local funding at their meeting Wednesday evening.

The approval process for the grant is expected to take several weeks.

Seitz emphasizes that it will take a significant amount of engineering and coordination between local, state and federal governments in the next couple of years to complete the project.

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