Tuesday, the Jasper Utility Service Board plans to discuss the status of the plans for the potential demolition of the city-owned power plant on East 15th Street. In January, the board voted to post a request for proposals for the demolition of the structure. The power plant hasn’t actually produced electricity since 2008.
The board tried to get it torn down before. In 2016, the board decided the demolition was cost prohibitive. This is the board’s second attempt. The reason for the new try? The price of scrap material has greatly increased since 2016.
There is a cost associated with keeping the building there. Since it stopped generating electricity, the city has used some of the old coal bins to store road salt and other things of a similar nature. The deadline to respond will be in March, Utilities General Manager Bud Hauersperger said. Residents will learn of any new developments since last month’s meeting Tuesday.
The city-owned power plan went into operation in 1968.
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