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Bids for the spillway reconstruction project at Beaver Lake have now been received.

At a special meeting this morning, the Jasper Utility Service Board opened 2 bids. The low bid was from Krempp Construction of Jasper at $334,400. The 2nd bid came from Force Construction of Columbus and totalled $531,789. The board sent out 4 bids in all, but only these 2 were returned.

Now the board voted to refer the bids to the Water Committee for a recommendation. That committee will hold a meeting Monday, July 13th to make a recommendation. Action on that recommendation is expected at the regular Jasper Utility Service Board meeting on July 20th.

Project engineer Christopher B Burke Engineering will also review the bids. The city will pay around $350,000 in engineering costs on the spillway project.

A bit of a surprise awaited workers driving into the Toyota facility in Princeton early this morning..and it may stick around for awhile.

Indiana State Police and Gibson County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a saturation patrol along Tulip Tree Drive and other nearby county roads leading to the Toyota plant after receiving numerous complaints about speeding and reckless driving. Authorities say 28 traffic tickets and 10 warnings were issued between 4 and 6:30 am.

Now police are again encouraging motorists to slow down and obey the posted speed limit signs. Police say the saturation patrols will continue in the area to help ensure that motorists are driving safely.

A trio of finalists to be the next dean of the Vincennes University Jasper Campus will be participating in public forums to be held in Jasper later this month.

Vincennes University officials say John Berry, Nathaniel Sloan and Chris Gray are the finalists for the dean’s position. Each of the open forums will be held in Room 141 at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing. Berry’s forum will be held July 8th, the forum for Sloan will be July 14th and Gray will have a forum on July 17th. All 3 forums will be held at 9 am eastern time.

Now the public will be able to ask questions during the forum. The finalist will succeed current dean Dr. Alan Johnson, who is retiring after a 9 year tenure as dean. Johnson says regardless of who is selected to replace him, the campus is in a great position for future success:

The 70-year-old Johnson will continue to be involved with Dubois Strong as an emeritus board member along with serving on the board for Grow Dubois County. Johnson’s retirement caps a 48 year career in education. 42 of those years have been in higher education, with 39 years at the community college level.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says things are moving along quickly for a pair of Stellar Communities projects.

Spinner says more than 70 people showed up to the unveiling of design proposals for the 4th Street Heritage Trail and Market Street Park projects a couple of weeks ago. He says the high attendance was a reminder that the community will be actively involved throughout the planning process.

Spinner says the Market Street Park project will move along a little bit faster due to funds being available a bit sooner. However, he says there will be noticeable progress on both projects in the near future:

Ideas for the Market Street project call for functional use for special events as well as everyday use, being a place people want to return to and complementing the 4th Street corridor. Other features discussed included space for a permanent performance venue, an interactive water feature and vendor accomodations.

Now as for the 4th Street project, the city is looking at a “flex” street concept, where the street would stay as it is while the Heritage Trail would run down both sides of the street. Spinner says 4th Street committee members took a recent trip to Columbus to look at how that city’s project came together.

Spinner says ironically, Columbus’ heritage trail was also built on 4th Street. He says committee members found the trip to be a productive one:

Concepts for both projects were laid out by Indianapolis-based firm Taylor Siefker Williams. Construction on both projects is expected to get underway sometime next year should funding become available.

The Dubois County Youth Triathlon is still accepting registrations for this year’s event.

The Triathlon and a new Duathlon will be taking place next Saturday, July 11th in Huntingburg City Park. The events will get underway at 9 o’clock eastern time.

Now the new Duathlon event allows participants to compete in a run and bike only event. This exciting opportunity is available to anyone interested. Meanwhile, Triathlon participants will begin with a swim at the Huntingburg City Pool, followed by the bike ride taking the participant on 1 or 2 city streets that will be completely closed for the duration of the event. After biking, the run will take place around the Huntingburg City Park on grass, blacktop, and dirt paths, finishing inside Historic League Stadium. Both events will use the same course layout.

Registration forms can be found at www.duboiscountyyouthtri.com or picked up at the Dubois County Visitors Center. Participants can also register online at www.active.com. It’s $30 to sign up and registrations will be taken until 8:15 next Saturday morning.

For more information about this event or if you are interested in volunteering please call 812-482-9115 or 800-968-4578.

Yesterday was a community day in Huntingburg as business leaders rallied to help one of their own.

Spudz N Stuff dedicated its weekly “Spud Days” to collect funds to help pay legal fees for Old School Cafe. Old School Cafe closed its doors last week after ongoing issues with the state over payment of sales taxes. In a Facebook post written on Sunday, cafe owner Bob Ahlemeier says the problem has been overblown by the state. He also thanked Spudz N Stuff and others for their support in recent days.

Spudz N Stuff owner David Tucker says the day was simply about lendinga helping hand:

15% of yesterday’s sales went to Old School Cafe’s legal fees.

Now you can help Old School Cafe to reopen. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help out with fees. The account has set a fundraising goal of $20,000.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – State highway officials have narrowed to five the possible routes of the final leg of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis Interstate 69 extension.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said Tuesday it chose the five preliminary alternatives for the highway’s Martinsville-to-Indianapolis segment after reviewing public input and evaluations of the 14 initial proposed routes.

The five routes include Indiana 37. Federal and state officials identified that state highway in 2004 as the best possible route to complete the roughly 142-mile I-69 extension between Evansville and Indianapolis.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says the agency will release more information late this year on the five alternatives that could include eliminating one or more of them.

An environmental document INDOT expects to publish in early 2017 will recommend one preferred route for I-69’s final segment.