"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 Chuck Hird, President; Ken Bryant, Vice President; Steve Mills, Secretary; Spencer Fricke, Member.
The agenda was approved as presented on a motion by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs reviewed the safety briefing. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed on a motion by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke.
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper presented the Board bids for the collection system rehab using CIPP. References and work history was verified by several area cities with good results. Director Piper recommended VISU - Sewer, Inc. for $252,015. On a motion made by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board approved accepting the bid from VISU-Sewer, Inc to rehab approximately 10,200' of sewer main using the CIPP method for a total cost of $252,015.
Director Piper updated the Board on the North English Lift Station improvements. The pump is communicating with the PLC's. Training on the controls is expected to begin next week. The old pump will be in use as a back-up until the new one is fully functional. Director Piper then informed the Board of a petroleum gasoline leak near our natural gas line at Betty's Truck Stop at I-70 & YY. So far, testing done shows there has been no contact between the gasoline leak and our natural gas line. We are keeping a close eye on the situation.
Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer provided a report on the accident of Internet Department's truck #331. The truck, a 1997 model with 100,000 miles, is out of service as a result of a collision. After reviewing the usage needs, Director Gieringer feels a good replacement would be a one ton flat bed capable of towing a 12,000 trailer and would like to request bids for a replacement. The truck could also be used as a back-up for the Electric Distribution Department. On a motion made by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board approved requesting bids for a one ton, dually chassis truck with or without a bed. New or used that is currently available.
Electric Production Director Jim Johnson reported pricing for cardboard increased by $35/ton and mixed paper increased by $10/ton. Director Johnson also stated sampling and testing of the diesel fuel in the north and south storage tanks have been done with results showing the fuel is still in good condition. Plans are to retest the fuel again next year. There has been no word from Lundell on the sale of the pelletizing equipment.
Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom informed the Board that mutual aid was provided to the City of Carrollton. A crew of 5 men and 3 trucks assisted with repairs from March 7th - 9th, caused from the March 6th storm. He also stated the LED lighting in the garages for the Service Center has been installed and we should start seeing a reduction of electricity bills for those buildings.
Environmental Services Director Ginny Ismay updated the Board on the THM reduction project at the Water Treatment Plant. The issues with the dirt have been resolved. Pilings have been driven and they are getting shored up. Also, we received a Notice of Violation from DNR regarding THHM levels. We have begun notifying the public, an insert will be placed in the bills from now until the first part of April. The Waste Water Treatment Plant maintenance building has rebar tied with anticipation of pouring concrete next week.
Human Resource Manager Megan Baldridge reported that advertisements for seasonal help will be done soon with expectations of hiring 4-5 individuals. Jim Johnson's replacement when he retires will be Carl Crawford. A review on injury incidents was provided to the Board for informational purposes.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs elaborated on the recycling agreement with ConAgra. It is a simple 3 year agreement, and has been reviewed; comments made and have been sent back to them for review. General Manager Gibbs also updated the Board on business from the quarterly MPUA meetings he attended.
On a motion by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke, accounts payable were approved and warrants ordered issued from the following funds:
WATER OPERATING FUND $183,918.17 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $1,187,773.57 SEWER REVENUE FUND $230,909.71 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $38,161.35 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $3,325.29 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $6,500.00 WATER SEGREGATED $80,027.10 Total $1,730,615.19
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday March 30, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board adjourned voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:12 a.m.