Bid for MMU sewer main rehab selected, approval granted to seek replacement for crashed truck

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Board of Public Works President Chuck Hird (right) presents Marshall Municipal Utilities Electric Production Director Jim Johnson with a pin recognizing his 40 years of service Wednesday, March 15. "We do appreciate your dedication over these past 40 years," Hird said of Johnson. "Your concern about the safety of your employees and everything you've done." Johnson announced his impending retirement at the end of the month. MMU has announced Carl Crawford will be promoted to the director's position.
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Two action items met with the approval of the Board of Public Works Wednesday, March 15, including one project costing more than $250,000.

Since 2008, 17 miles of Marshall Municipal Utilities sewer mains have been rehabilitated using the cured in place pipe method. Approximately 10,000 feet out of MMU's 100 miles of sewer mains are rehabilitated each year. The method involves feeding a resin-saturated liner through the pipes using steam or hot water without having to dig a trench.

Wednesday, the board voted to accept a bid for the next annual phase of that project, to be completed by the low bidder, Visu-Sewer, Inc., of East St. Louis, Ill., at a cost of $252,015. The phase will rehabilitate 10,200 feet of pipe, with an estimated completion time of 15 days. This will be the first project MMU will contract with Visu-Sewer, having contracted the CIPP project in previous years to SprayCom.

"After reviewing some references from surrounding communities — Macon, Chillicothe, Kirksville — everybody talked really highly of this company and said they would hire them again," Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper said. "… They can do several hundred feet a day. This year's run, a lot of the footage is contiguous, a lot of long runs, so they won't have to set up a bunch of times."

Complete rehabilitation of the entire network of sewer mains was estimated to be a 50-year project, and was said to be a positive for MMU's relationship with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

"Phone calls we used to get in rainstorms and things like that are almost non-existent," Administrative Services Director Ken Gieringer said of the positive effects of the project. "It just, water gets down to the wastewater treatment plant faster."

In the meeting's other action, the board authorized management to request quotes for the purchase of a one-ton dually chassis truck, new or used, for the use of MMU's Internet Services. The truck would replace a vehicle involved in a collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and College Street on Feb. 23. Gieringer reported the 1997 model truck involved in the crash had approximately 100,000 miles on its odometer, and didn't recommend repairing it for company use.

"Our need in the Internet department has changed," he said. "This is one of the first truck we've had that had all of the equipment on the service truck. Right now, we've got two small bucket trucks that have that capability. It has put a little kink in our program right now because we use this truck to pull trailers. We borrow the trenching machine, the boring machine, things like that."

Gieringer said if a new truck was purchased rather than a used model, it could potentially go to the Electric Distribution department, with the Internet department instead taking one of electric distribution's used models.

Electric Distribution Director Jeff Bergstrom reported MMU had provided mutual aid in Carrollton to help repair damage resulting from the March 6 storm, which knocked out power to that city's water and wastewater plants. Five men and three trucks were contributed by MMU to the repair efforts from March 7-9.

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