"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; and Spencer Fricke, Member. Steve Mills, Secretary was absent. Also present were City Administrator Dave Haugland and City Councilmen Kirk Arends and Dewey Hendrix.
The agenda was approved on a motion by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke. General Manager Kyle Gibbs reviewed the safety briefing. The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as printed on a motion by Mr. Mills, seconded by Mr. Bryant.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs presented the Board an annual agreement for funding MSDC economic development activities through September 30, 2018. The agreement states MMU will pay MSDC $30,000 on an annual basis which is renewed automatically unless terminated. No action needed.
General Manager Gibbs then updated the Board on the MoPEP Special Meeting to be held this morning for approving the annual budget and purchase of additional capacity of the Dogwood Power Plant.
Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper reported to the Board the roof's on the Southwest Lift Station and North Miami Lift Station are in need of replacement. Director Piper is looking at several replacement types and asked the Board for approval to request quotes for materials to replace both building's roofs with work being done in house. On a motion made by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke, the Board authorizes management to request material quotes for the replacement of roofs at Southwest and North Miami Lift Stations.
Director Piper then provided the Board with a list of the bids that were opened for bid #12-17-UF to purchase a new half-ton, four wheel drive truck. Director Piper recommended going with the low bid of $25,576 from Rick Ball GM Superstore, Sedalia Mo. After discussion the Board decided to go with the local bid from Elmer Hare Ford, Marshall Mo. On a motion made by Mr. Fricke, seconded by Mr. Bryant, the Board approved accepting the bid from Elmer Hare Ford, Marshall Mo. in the amount of $26,694.
Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer presented the Board a draft proposal of the 2018 fiscal year budget.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs left the meeting at 8:50.
Electric Production Director Carl Crawford informed the Board that Emissions' testing is due for Units #10 & #11 and that Hastings Engineering, Inc. has been contacted with a tentative date for testing on November 7th. Director Crawford then talked of the repairs made to the truck scales and demolition work on Unit #4 cooling tower at the Power Plant. He stated there is a recycling company in St. Louis that is interested in taking the sulfuric acid and tank, in return for the acid, would like the pulse feeder pumps and control panel used with the sulfuric acid. Otherwise, MMU would have to pay to have this hazardous waste removed.
Electric Distribution Assistant Director Doug Root reported to the Board the collectors for the AMI electric meter replacement pilot have a ship date of October 6th, and a new commission date has been set for October 30th. He also stated the Overhead to Underground Conversion on Vest/Englewood has connected the last customer and plans are to start removing all overhead lines.
Water Treatment Superintendent Kenny Clause updated the Board on the THM reduction project; SKW received an email from DNR stating they have been contacted by the EPA. The EPA wants an audit done on the project due to the delay.
Wastewater Treatment Superintendent Rick Bailey reported applications are being reviewed for wastewater operator.
Human Resource Manager Megan Baldridge stated the United Healthcare renewal for employee health benefits was received and rates increased 16%. She is coordinating with our broker (Naught-Naught Agency) on getting proposals from other carriers. A conditional offer has been made, pending employment screening, for the Administrative Services Meter Reader. And, an offer was made and accepted by Noland Townsend for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent replacing Rick Bailey upon his upcoming retirement. She will be doing an in-house advertisement for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Lab Technician/Operator to replace John Heilman upon his upcoming retirement.
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 $ 169,811.46 ELECTRIC OPERATING FUND $ 1,381,755.55 SEWER REVENUE FUND $185,234.14 INTERNET OPERATING FUND $ 33,088.03 NATURAL GAS OPERATING FUND $ 3,016.42 ELECTRIC CONSUMER DEPOSIT FUND $ 8,450.00 WATER SEGREGATED $ 32,078.09 Total $1,813,433.69
The next Regular Board meeting will be Thursday September 28, 2017.
On a motion by Mr. Bryant, seconded by Mr. Fricke, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the regular meeting at 9:10 a.m.