City, library sign cultural center agreement

By LEANN BURKE 
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JASPER — The Jasper Public Library and Jasper Community Arts Commission are ready to move forward with the Jasper Cultural Center.

The library board approved Thursday an interlocal agreement with the city and the language of a contract with private developer City Properties of Louisville for final design work and construction documents. Under the contracts, the city, via the Jasper Community Arts Commission, will hold the contract with City Properties.

The interlocal agreement between the library board and city will ensure that the library gets equal say in decisions during the project, despite not holding the contract with City Properties, and that the cost is shared appropriately.

The interlocal agreement puts into writing the agreements between the city and library board regarding the project.

“I think the process worked,” Library Board President Dean Vonderheide said of working out the contracts. “Now we will have something to work with.”

The Jasper Cultural Center will unite the Jasper Public Library and Jasper Community Arts Commission into a single building at the Hoosier Desk site, located at the corner of Third Avenue and Mill Street.

The total cost of the project, to be split between the Jasper Community Arts Commission and Jasper Public Library, is $12 million. Funds from the Jasper LEADs fundraising campaign will help offset the cost. That campaign continues to receive donations. Most recently, Hoosier Hills Credit Union pledged $30,000 to the campaign over three years.

Now that the contracts are in place, the working group — which consists of Vonderheide, Library Director Christine Golden, Arts Director Kyle Rupert, Arts Commission President Mike Jones, City Attorney Renee Kabrick and representatives from City Properties­ — will get together to review the schematics drawn prior to the library’s referendum last November. Then, final designs will be drawn and construction documents will be…

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