The election of the Board of Public Works officers were held immediately as the meeting was called to order on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The election followed the rotation that has been established over the past several years.
Chuck Hird is now president, Ken Bryant is vice president and Jim Heinzler is secretary. The board delegated the duties of the secretary to the comptroller in 1997.
Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer requested permission from the board to request bids from different services to allow MMU to accept credit cards and other electronic payments.
Gieringer said when a customer authorized their bank to make the payment, it may be electronic on the customers end, but the bank then sends a check to MMU. This means the customer thinks they have paid on time, but MMU may not receive the payment immediately.
Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom informed the board the new bucket truck was delivered and arrangements need to be made to return the old bucket truck and the truck that was loaned to them.
Hird asked about the storm on Dec. 20, and what could be done to prevent outages of that magnitude in the future.
Bergstrom said the lines were being checked to make sure only the designated amount of slack is in each line. Slack is needed because the conductors will change size due to the change in weather.
General Manager Kyle Gibbs report noted that the solid waste district approved MMU's grant for purchasing additional red recycling containers for the city.
A request for bids to replace the workshop and garage that was torn down for the headwork's project was approved.
The board approved accepting bids for a new sewer camera and 1,000-foot cable. The camera and cable are needed because the current units are in constant need of repair. When one of the two cameras fails, the second would be available for sewer inspections.
The HVAC bids were accepted, but no action will be made until Gieringer can review them.
Electric Production Director Jim Johnson noted that bids for fixing Units No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 were received. Equipment and bid proposals are still being evaluated.
The minutes of the last meeting and paying of the bills were approved. All members were in attendance. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 a.m.
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