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Monday night the Jasper Utility Services board discussed the city’s Utilities Planning Study which brought some debate to the members of the board.

Eventually the board approved forming a committee with the Jasper Common Council to discuss a utility planning study that the Jasper Board of Public Works presented to the board during last month’s meeting.

During that November gathering was concerned that the study was a way for the civil city to boost its general fund and that the scope was too broad.
The agreement made Monday will call for a committee of three utility service board members including chairman Rick Stradtner, vice chairman,
Keith Masterson and secretary, Adam Auffart, three council members, City Attorney Renee Kabrick and Utilities General Manager Bud Haupersberger to discuss questions around the utilities and determine what studies can be done internally and which ones need outside work.

The Jasper City County will discuss the proposal even further and decided whether or not to go ahead with the utility board’s plan when it meets this evening at 7 o’clock in the council chambers of Jasper City Hall.

The council first heard committee reports regarding approvals made for the 2017 capital
expenditures. All committee heads reported approvals for their proposed expenditures.

Business Town Office Manager Ashley Kiefer provided the board figures in regards to the annual bad debt write-off with the amount sitting at just over 65-hundred dollars. Board Chairman Rick Stradtner commended Kiefer on the utility office’s work as far as being able to keep the bad debt low for a town of Jasper’s size.

Kiefer also gave an update on collection activities with having just over 22,000 dollars
collected in small claims with court cost in that amount at $6,420 netting just over 16-thousand dollars. She gave recognition to her office for maintaining an excellent position in there small claims activities.

The Business office has been using small claims since 2007.


General Manager Bud Hauersperger presented a proposal from Indianapolis based Umbaugh And Associates for arbitrage services for 2012 waterworks refunding revenue bonds. The amount will not exceed 45-hundred dollars.

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