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MMU approves new fiberglass arms, postpones budget once again

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Marshall Municipal Utility (MMU) General Manager Kyle Gibbs, MMU Board of Public Works member Jim Heinzler and MMU Board of Public Works President Spencer Fricke talk before the board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
Jeff Bergstrom, electric distribution director, suggested that the board accept the bid from Chris Davis for new fiberglass layout arms and temporary dead ends at the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting Tuesday, Oct.9.

The bid is just under $10,000, which is about half of what had been set aside in the budget for this project.

The bid is for 24 arms and would double the amount they have now.

Bergstrom also brought to the board's attention that utility poles that were replaced four years ago are once again falling prey to woodpecker damage.

When the new poles were installed preventative measures, such as a mesh covering, had been taken to prevent woodpecker damage, but the larger woodpeckers are tearing right through it he said.

Further measures to protect the poles were discussed, as well as the possibility of replacing them with steel or composite poles.

Ken Gieringer was absent for the meeting and the board chose not to take any action on the 2012-2013 budget until a full board was present.

Kyle Gibbs, general manager, spoke on his behalf. The board moved to accept Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) bids to replace the four units on top of the business offices. Three of the units are twenty or more years old.

The board also approved the renewal of the Owner Supervised Water Distribution plan as long as it did not exceed the current price.

Monty Chase, underground facilities director, asked the board to extend the current budget allowance for new tools for the mechanic of $5,000 an additional $2,000. This would allow for the purchase of new tools and a lockable toolbox for mechanic, the toolbox being the majority of the cost. The board approved accepting quotes for new toolboxes. The current tools are mismatched and not a complete set. No inventory has been done. It has been the mechanics job to keep track of tools.

Chase said a lockable toolbox would help keep the mechanic better organized and better able to keep track of tools.

There are still complaints of a sewer odor in the north part of town. Chase said they are looking into it and that the odor is outside, not in anyone's home.

Megan Baldridge, employee relations manager, noted that the Employee Appreciation Luncheon is Tuesday, Oct. 23, and the health office will offer flu shots for employees on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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