MMU looks to observe Drinking Water Week

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works met in regular session Thursday, April 30, to discuss the upcoming Drinking Water Week among other items.

Drinking Water Week is an annual celebration of safe, clean drinking water nationwide, founded by the American Water Works Association.

The observance will take place May 3-9, and potentially feature a pen, notepad, or ruler bearing the Marshall Municipal Utilities logo.

Environmental Services Director Ginny Ismay stated in her report that in coming years, the week may be observed through working with the Marshall Police Department for the "drug take-back programs," which would offer an anonymous, no-cost collection of unwanted or expired medication.

"In addition to getting these out of circulation, there is a definite need to get pharmaceuticals out of the water supply," Ismay said.

Ismay also stated in her report that the environmental services department would meet with engineers May 5 to discuss the THM/HAA Reduction Project, particularly focusing on the mixers for the water storage facilities.

Underground Facilities Director Monty Chase informed the board the water main replacement on East Slater Street is now underway. A crew is currently replacing a six inch main "on Slater Street from Brunswick Street, to west of Garfield Avenue," according to Chase's report.

The street will be closed during daytime hours, with one lane of traffic opening every evening.

"After the main is installed, flushed and disinfected, we will connect the services to the new main," Chase reported. "There are approximately 900 feet of six inch main that will be replaced."

Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer reported to the board that his crew completed 21 Internet installations and spliced several locations; one was for a new customer, one for a new trunk line and a few repairs.

Delivering the report for Jeff Bergstrom was Doug Root, who informed the board crews had completed installation of a new conductor. The conductor extends from the Division of Family Services building to the east side of Mid-State Seed. The department received a highway permit to replace "the last two spans," according to Bergstrom's report, which crosses Highway 41. When this project reaches completion, the crew will begin re-conductoring a section on North Miami Street.

Jim Johnson, electric production director, told the board Ethos Energy has now completed the installation of stator coil bars in the Unit No. 6 Generator.

Johnson said the initial round of electrical testing has been successful, and Ethos Energy is currently soldering the end connections, which will be inspected upon completion.

Employee Relations Director Meghan Baldridge informed the board Erica Borda began her employment on April 20 as Administrative Services Bilingual Customer Service Representative.

Her report also stated that roughly 7-8 temporary seasonal positions are available: two at the wastewater treatment plant, one to two in electric production, one at the water treatment plant, one in electric distribution, one in underground facilities and one in administrative services.

The next board meeting is scheduled Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m.

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