Consultant Hired To Look At Business Utility Deposits

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JASPER – A consultant was hired by the Jasper Utility Services Board Monday Night to help the city with possible options for required deposits from current business utilities customers wanting additional service in a newly built or a newly purchased building.

The city’s attorney Renee Kabrick says the city has received several inquiries about the deposits which require a one-and-a-half month payment (based on the last active year utilities usage for a building or an agreed to estimate).

The deposits help mitigate losses to Jasper’s various utility departments in the event there’s failure to pay utilities by another business mainly in the event of a business failure, or building foreclosure.

New Dam & Spillway at Beaver Lake Photo: City of Jasper

New Dam & Spillway at Beaver Lake
Photo: City of Jasper

Monday night, the utilities services board gave its go ahead to hire Hackman Hulett & Cracraft, LLP out of Indianapolis to consult with the city on possible deposit options in the future.

The cost of the consultant’s contract is not to exceed $5,000.

Meanwhile, the utilities board Monday night also approved the hiring of Christopher Burke Engineering out of Evansville to conduct a needed inspection of the new Beaver Lake Dam and spillway.

The cost for the inspection is not to exceed $4,000. The State of Indiana requires the inspections every two years. The dam and spillway were rebuilt three years ago.

Christopher B. Burke Engineering out of Indianapolis is the firm hired to design the new dam and spillway which came under fire by residents and cabin owners at Beaver Lake when the level of the refilled lake was nearly 10 feet lower than it was before the new dam and spillway were built.

Another consulting firm, Morley & Associates out of Evansville has been hired to look at options for raising the lake’s level which was built to meet the state’s new flood control mandates.

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