Public Works Board hears department updates in late June
The Marshall Board of Public Works held a regular meeting on Thursday, June 30. According to the unofficial minutes of the meeting, Eric Perkins, lab technician for the sewage treatment plant, presented a bid received to remodel the plant’s rest room and bathroom. This is part of the FEMA project and will be reimbursed at 90%. According to the minutes, offers were sent to 29 suppliers in the area, and only one responded, namely Septagon Construction, of Sedalia, for the amount of $42,025. The board approved the offer.
During the meeting, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Travis Boss advised that the correct weigh belt feed would arrive on July 1 and the belt strapping under construction would be shipped. , the company going on site on July 12 and 13 to provide training. In addition, containers for lead and copper sampling have been sent to customers in the region, some of which have already been returned.
Chief Underground Facilities Technician Cody Boston said department manager Grant Piper is reviewing Landis + Gyr’s quote for AMI water meter software and programming. This quote was for approximately $712,000.
IT and broadband director Jim Widel said Coleman’s is finished in the southeast of the city and is working in the Shackelford area. MMU crews have nearly completed splicing the Lime Avenue area and have begun pulling fiber around Wildcat Road.
According to meeting minutes, Electrical Distribution Manager Doug Root told council he was awaiting materials for the new 15 kV transformer and switchgear for the Southeast Substation. . All transformers are installed for the overhead to underground conversion, conductors have been completed, the new underground line has been energized and crews will begin connecting services that day, according to the minutes.
Director of Human Resources Megan Baldridge updated the board on the vacancies. Two conditional offers had been made for positions and two current employees would be transferred to different positions.
The board heard the May financial updates from
Comptroller Tony Bersano and General Manager Jeff Bergstrom reported that an inspection with FEMA was being finalized. He noted that he had participated in several meetings with Burns & McDonnell to discuss ARPA funding and had worked with staff to identify projects and submit applications, which are due in mid-July. Bergstrom also participated in the quarterly meetings of the MPUA and noted that funding for the purchase of the 10 solar farms had been approved.
Bergstrom then reviewed the peer review material and responded to board member Chuck Hines’ question regarding MMU’s utility costs. According to the minutes, he replied that since MMU is a non-profit organization, there is no markup and everything sold is at cost.
He said staff are developing an enhanced communications plan and Baldridge has developed a schedule for social media posts and is working on updating the website.