"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 was City Councilmen Dewey Hendrix.
The agenda was approved as presented on 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. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Bryant.
Human Resource Manager Megan Baldridge requested Board approval to extend Randy Huesgen's leave of absence until July 1. On a motion made by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke, the Board approved continuing Randy Huesgen's leave of absence until July 1, 2017, if needed, with continuation of health insurance premiums.
Manager Baldridge noted the safety achievement of the Water Treatment Plant personnel. They have worked seven years with zero recordable injuries. An award luncheon will be held to congratulate them on their achievement.
Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom updated the Board on the electric system study. A meeting was held on May 16, with Lutz, Daily and Brain, Central Electric and himself to discuss the possibility of having a second, emergency tie to the 161kV line. Central Electric has agreed to further discussions; he will be working with LD & B to develop plans and options for this connection. Director Bergstrom discussed the engineering proposal from LD&B needed to proceed with this project. On a motion made by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board approved to accept the engineering proposal from Lutz, Daily and Brain (LD&B) for transmission electrical and structural concept designs and options for a not to exceed cost of $48,000.
Director Bergstrom informed the Board the project kickoff meeting for electric meter replacement will be on June 5. He then gave explanation of the City-Wide power outage that occurred May 30. KCP&L was doing yearly testing and tripped a breaker controlling the MMU tie to their line. They corrected it and power was back within 15 minutes.
Electric Production Director Carl Crawford updated the Board on the Recycling Center. Crews have poured concrete between the recycle center and loading dock. The baler had some issues with the PLC card but has been resolved and we should be discontinuing the second shift by next week.
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper provided several department updates. The warehouse water main extension is 90% complete. Pump #6 in Miami Pump Station is at Douglas for repairs. The South Odell Lift Station was struck by lightning on May 19, which burned up both VFD's, lighting and most of the controls. The station had to be run by hand control for a few days, but is back to automated control now. The sewer jet's rear main went out and has been sent off for repairs.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Chief Operator Rick Bailey provided pictures and an update to the new maintenance facility at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. There are just finishing touches left to complete the project.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs provided a copy of the Region F Solid Waste Grant award letter. The grant will be used to purchase a new conveyor for the new baler. He also provided a response from SKW in regard to the problems with the Wastewater Headworks Pumps. Information requested by the City about their utilities was discussed. He also informed the Board of roof problems at the Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant. Roofers will be coming to look at them this week.
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 $ 230,478.07 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $ 461,726.75 SEWER REVENUE FUND $ 106,791.78 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $ 36,065.60 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $ 1,546.16 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $ 3,400.00 Total $ 840,008.36
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday June 15, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board adjourned voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:10 a.m.