"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 City Administrator Dave Haugland, and City Councilmen Dewey Hendrix and Ron Ott.
The agenda was approved as presented. 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. Mills.
Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom updated the Board on the Overhead to Underground project. He is working on getting all the easements signed for properties between Englewood Dr. and Vest St. Due to the delay in getting these easements, he would like to get approval for additional sections. The walkways between Mar Dr. and Placida Ave. The project will stay under budget if these two sections are added. On a motion made by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board approved moving the overhead lines to underground on the east side of Mar Dr and Placida Ave.
Environmental Services Director Ginny Ismay provided an update to the Water Treatment Plant's THM reduction project. A status meeting was held June 14. The waterproofing and construction of the inner walls has started. A decision on where to lay the flow lines to the clear well has to be made. The March THM and HAA results have been received and publication of the public notice was started June 13. The Waste Water discharge permit contains some items MMU staff will discuss with the writer.
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper reported on the mixing systems in the reservoirs and water tower. The water tower was not able to be drained as scheduled, but is tentatively rescheduled for late next week.
Electric Production Director Carl Crawford informed the Board that Unit #10 was out of service due to oil being found in the circulating water, but has been fixed and is back in service. Quarterly testing of all units will begin tomorrow. The recycle center second shift has been discontinued.
Manager Baldridge updated the Board on current vacancies. The addition of Underground Facilities Foreman has been added and in-house applications are being accepted until June 22.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs gave a summary of MPUA meetings he recently attended. The Power Plant wholesale costs should lower this summer. Over 2,000 bills were introduced into the legislative session for 2017, with only 124 passing. There may be a special session on prevailing wages later this summer. APPA provided cyber security training. MMU received a "Certificate of Excellence in Reliability" from the APPA. General Manager Gibbs presented the framed certificate to Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom and commended him and his crew on keeping outages down.
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 $ 188,299.53 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $ 1,098,617.22 SEWER REVENUE FUND $ 203,654.73 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $ 32,030.51 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $ 6,528.78 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $ 18,048.00 Total $ 1,547,178.77
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday June 29, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Mills, the Board adjourned voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 8:59 a.m.