"Providing Hometown Reliability"
The Board of Public Works convened in regular session at 8:30 a.m. at the Marshall Municipal Utilities Business Office. Board members present were Spencer Fricke, President; Chuck Hird, Vice President; Ken Bryant, Secretary; Steve Mills, Member. Also present was Kirk Arends, City Council Member.
The agenda was approved as presented on a motion by Mr. Hird, seconded by Mr. Bryant. The minutes of the December 15th regular meeting and December 14th special work session with the City Council were approved as printed on a motion by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant.
Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer presented the Board a proposed water rate increase. The 2016/2017 budget included a 10% increase. That has been reduced to 5%. This increase will create approximately $250,000 in additional revenue to fund the Water Treatment Plant Improvements to reduce THM levels. The increase would raise residential bills approximately $1.00 per month. On a motion made by Mr. Hird, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board approved the water rate increase effective for billing after February 1, 2017.
Director Gieringer then updated the Board on a meter/billing issue at 404 East Yerby from the December 1st meeting. Information was provided of action taken by the Board on a previous, similar incident. Director Gieringer then updated the Board on internet customers.
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper approached the Board for approval to continue sewer main rehab using cured in place pipe (CIPP). This year's project is scheduled for approximately 10,000 feet of main to rehab in different areas of the collection system. On a motion made by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board approved to request bids for approximately 10,000 feet of sewer main rehabusing the cured in place pipe method.
Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom informed the Board of a product service advisory that was received on the medium voltage breakers at Miami #1. The manufacturer states it is possible to remove or install the breaker while closed. They will be sent back to the factory, one at a time, for the repairs. While there, the manufacturer will also do scheduled maintenance and update the linkage on the mox switch. On a motion made by Mr. Hird, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board approved to install updated breaker interlocks on Miami #1 medium voltage breakers.
Electric Production Director Jim Johnson updated the Board on the recycling received from ConAgra. A second shift from 11 p.m. - 7 a.m. of two employees has been added. Additional equipment is needed in order to handle the amount of material and move all processing to the first shift.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs gave an overview of the MoPEP Pool and future plans of unit #5.
On a motion by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant, accounts payable were approved and warrants ordered issued from the following funds:
WATER OPERATING FUND $115,361.72 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $322,074.86 SEWER REVENUE FUND $ 80,206.51 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $27,640.28 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $1,632.36 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $4,750.00 Total $551,665.73
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday January 12, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Hird seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:40 a.m.