In one of the quicker meetings in recent memory last night the Jasper City Council were provided with a report from Jasper Utility General Manager Bud Hauersperger based on information shared in Monday night’s meeting. 

Mayor Terry Seitz inquired about the painting of decorative light poles along Main Street. Hauersperger told Seitz he intends to look into different options for the poles.

Also Hauersperger informed the council that the electric committee would meet next Thursday to come up with a bid for Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. The utility service board approved participating in the bidding process for the company on Monday.

Hauersperger informed the council that Midwest Independent Transmission would be changing how the utility department would  determine the payments to electric providers. Jasper currently receives nearly $19,000 a month for providing 13.6 megawatts capacity to the group.  Deadline to submit a bid by March 10.

During Monday night’s utility board meeting Hausberger compared the potential for power capacity payments to gambling.

They bid on the cost per megawatt for future consideration as a provider. According to Midwest Independent Transmission, all bids will be considered until they reach their expected capacity, starting from the lowest cost bid.

Once they reach their capacity, the highest bid required to reach that amount will then determine how much they pay for the electricity to all accepted bids. Any bids above that cost will not be considered.

The committee is made up of 3 utility board  members including Utility Services Board Chairman Wayne Schuetter, members Ken Sendleweck and Alex Emmons.  Also city councilman Earl Schmitt, Mayor Terry Seitz, Electric Distribution Manager Jerry Schitter,  Electric Generation Manager, Windell Toby

and city attorney Renee Kabrick.

Hauersperger told the council that the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and Midwest Independent Transmission have reported a possible shortage in electric capacity in the area by 2016.

Also last night the Jasper City Council approved an application by Zach Leinenbach of Leinenbach Heating and Cooling for a gas contractor’s license.

Leinenbach passed his written test with a score in 90 percentile range.  The state requires a minimum passing grade of 70 percent.