"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 Ken Bryant, Vice President; Steve Mills, Secretary; Spencer Fricke, Member. President Chuck Hird was absent. Also present were City Administrator Dave Haugland, and Councilmen Dewey Hendrix.
The agenda was approved as amended to take care of cash disbursements before department reports, to add an action item for Environmental Services, and list Environmental Services as second department report on motion by Mr. Mills, 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. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Mills.
On a motion by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Fricke, accounts payable were approved and warrants ordered issued from the following funds:
WATER OPERATING FUND $ 155,186.65 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $ 1,448,024.29 SEWER REVENUE FUND $ 220,226.78 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $ 35,218.58 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $ 6,368.90 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $ 9,300.00 WATER SEGREGATED $ 417,660.62 Total $ 2,291,985.82
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper presented the Board with information from the vacuum truck bids. The two bids received were from Key Equipment and Supply, Kansas City, KS in the amount of $60,655 on a Ring-O-Matic 550 VXHICFM, and Vermeer, Olathe, KS in the amount of $64,500 on a Valcon LP5735DJ. The few references Director Piper contacted for the Ring-O-Matic were not positive, but the Valcon is similar to the machine we currently have. Director Piper recommended purchasing the Valcon LP5735DJ from Vermeer. On a motion made by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Fricke, the Board approved purchasing a new vacuum truck from Vermeer in the amount of $64,500.
Director Piper stated he was working with SK&W on identifying everything for the mixers in the water tower for the THM reduction project.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator Rick Bailey presented the Board details on fixing a headworks pump. The current pump is not designed for running during low/normal flow times. It is too large and was built to manage large flows. The following quotes have been received from the same manufacturer representatives for making repairs; FTC, Kansas City, MO (pump) $33,196, G & S Electric, Marshall, MO (drive system) $19,598, and RE Pedrotti, Mission KS (software) $5,160. On a motion made by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board authorizes management to purchase equipment and install a new properly sized pump, VFD drive system and software programming for the wastewater treatment plant headworks building for an amount not to exceed $58,000.
Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator Kenny Clause provided an update on the THM reduction project. The construction crews are continuing to pour wall sections as weather permits.
Electric Production Director Carl Crawford updated the Board on the Recycling Center. The Lundell pelletizing equipment has been moved to make room for the reconditioned baler. The American 8043H baler has been delivered and is being installed.
Director Bergstrom provided the Board with a press release stating MMU has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association. This is the 12th year MMU has received the title.
Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom then updated the Board on the electric system study. He has been working with LD & B daily. A meeting with Central Electric is scheduled next week to discuss tying into their 161kV line. The report should be completed by the end of June.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs provided an update on the current legislation. The session ends on Friday May 12. Prevailing wage has not been taken to a vote in the Senate, but may happen today or tomorrow. Ethics reform was passed.
The Power Pool has two units out of service which will affect our whole electric cost. The amphitheater at the Fair Grounds has had the electricity turned on to make repairs and get it ready for the Eclipse event in August. It may create a demand, but it shouldn't be during peak hours, they may ask for assistance with the cost of the electricity.
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday June 1, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board adjourned voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:14 a.m.