Board of Public Works hears water main replacement update, MMU department reports

Friday, July 31, 2020

During a Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting held Thursday, July 16, Underground Facilities Director Grant Piper provided an update on the water main replacement on East Slater Street.

According to unofficial meeting minutes, disinfection results came back in early July, showing no problems. As of that morning, 30 percent of customers had been transferred to the new main. Crews have also been installing lines at the building site for the new McDonald’s.

Water Treatment Superintendent Travis Boss provided project updates for the board. He reported tuckpointing was going well. The motor control center had arrived, and the pad for the CO2 tank had been poured. Boss also reported the motor from one of the wells had returned from repairs and would be cleaned before going back into service.

According to meeting minutes, Wastewater Treatment Superintendent Nolan Townsend stated a trip to Hays, Kan., to tour their wastewater plan had been postponed. He told board members he is looking into purchasing a stand-alone fuel tank and had found one that holds 300 gallons for $1,100, but was still researching.

Electric Distribution Director Doug Root reported that crews had been working on overhead to underground line conversion in the areas of Grant Street and Crestwood Street.

Electric Production Director Carl Crawford stated there were three items listed and sold on Purple Wave auction site. He also reported that ARSI would soon begin an asbestos abatement.

MMU Controller Tony Bersano stated he was working on closing the books, reviewing bad debt, and preparing the financial report for June. He reported having begun a cost analysis for MMU’s vehicle fleet and is continuing work on the 2021 budget.

Human Resources Manager Megan Baldridge reported both the IT and the Broadband and Administrative Services departments have worked three years with zero recordable injuries as of July 7. She also reported that as of July 15, the Wastewater Treatment department has worked 10 years with no recordable injuries.

On behalf of MMU General Manager Jeff Bergstrom, Baldridge presented the Interconnection and Delivery Service Agreement between MMU and KCPL/Evergy to the board. Board members approved requesting the Marshall City Council approve an ordinance authorizing the mayor to sign the agreement with Evergy Metro Inc.

In other business, the board approved accounts payable, and City Councilman Leon Thompson requested clarification on some projects, resident correspondence, and requested a tour of the power plant and Benton Street property.

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