"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. Also present were Louis Rasse, and Councilmen Ron Ott and Dewey Hendrix.
The agenda was amended to include Business from the Audience and approved on a motion by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke. General Manager Kyle Gibbs reviewed the safety briefing. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed on a motion by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant.
The Board recognized Mr. Louis Rasse with five minutes to state his business. Mr. Rasse began by asking Director Gieringer why he thought it was okay for MMU to trespass on his property. President Hird told Mr. Rasse he was there to speak with the Board, not Director Gieringer and to direct his reason for attending to them. Mr. Rasse then asked the Board the same question. Mr. Hird told Mr. Rasse this was not a hearing, he was given five minutes to speak not to interrogate. Mr. Hird then continued the meeting. Mr. Rasse left at 8:36 a.m.
Electric Distribution Assistant Director Doug Root presented the Board bids received for a replacement of the 1977 scissor lift. The low bid came from United Rentals for $9,949. During the inspection of the unit, it was found that one of the two batteries had low charge. It would cost approximately $200 each to replace the batteries. We will go back to the dealer and ask for assistance on the batteries. On a motion made by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board approved accepting the bid from United Rentals for a SkyJack 4626 scissor lift at a price not to exceed $9,949.
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper updated the Board on the need for water main replacement on Eastwood Street from Allen to Brunswick. The current line was installed in 1929 and is very brittle. Plans are to start the project as soon as school is out of session using in-house labor and equipment. On a motion made by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board approved replacing the water main on Eastwood from Allen to Brunswick, at an approximate cost of $52,000, using in-house labor and equipment.
Director Piper then updated the Board the North English Lift Station improvements are complete. The grounds have been seeded and straw placed over the grass seed. The final walk through will be Friday, April 28 at 1000 a.m.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator Rick Bailey updated the Board on the Maintenance Facility. Construction is ahead of schedule; work on the interior started April 26.
Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer presented the Board with a six month financial review.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs provided two options for purchasing a used cardboard baler. Option #1 - Harris Selco model HLO-72A-4846 from DeHart Recycling Equipment requiring a complete rebuild at a cost of $88,000. Delivery time would be 3 weeks. Option #2 - American Baler model 8043H-12150F from Baler Service Company at a cost of $99,000. Delivery would be within two weeks. General Manager Gibbs feels the best option is #2. On a motion made by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Fricke, the Board approved accepting the offer from Baler Service Company at a cost not to exceed $99,000.
On a motion by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Bryant, accounts payable were approved and warrants ordered issued from the following funds:
WATER OPERATING FUND $ 140,723.41 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $ 222,498.33 SEWER REVENUE FUND $ 86,647.82 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $ 31,240.72 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $ 437.40 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $ 4,950.00 SEWER EQUIPMENT FUND $ 143,430.00 Total $ 629,927.68
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday May 11, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board adjourned voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:12 a.m.