MMU official reports energy use down during mild summer months

Monday, September 15, 2008

By KATHY FAIRCHILD

Staff writer

At the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting Thursday, Sept. 11, General Manager Kyle Gibbs noted the mixed blessing of a "very, very mild summer," which brought energy use down 12 percent, but carried with it an accompanying reduction in revenue.

Gibbs' report to the board noted energy usage for the summer of 2008 is the lowest in "at least 10 years."

After reviewing an Arc Hazard Analysis prepared by Lutz, Daily and Brain, an engineering consulting firm, the board approved a request from Jeff Bergstrom, electric distribution director, to send out requests for proposals for safety clothing.

Bergstrom said the clothing will protect employees if they're exposed to an electric arc and noted the $50,000 expected cost will also include labeling of all equipment that presents an arc hazard.

Board Secretary Mike Mills said, "I can't argue with it. (This) clothing keeps employees from getting injured."

In other business, the board accepted a bid for a vehicle for the safety and training officer from Elmer Hare Ford in Marshall of $16,834. The vehicle is a 2009 Ford Escape XLS that is expected to be delivered in about eight weeks.

The board also agreed to purchase a Pulsafeeder Model 55HL to replace an existing 20-year-old pump.

The bid, from JCI Industries in Lee's Summit, is for $4,661.

The next regular meeting of the MMU board will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Contact Kathy Fairchild at marshallhealth@socket.net

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