The Board of Public Works held its regular meeting on Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council's chambers. The minutes are as follows.
Under new business, General Manager Stephanie Wilson noted highlights from the financials for the month of February 2013. Electric retail rates to customers were discussed in detail as the utility billing rates are anticipated to be adjusted for May 1, 2013 billing statements. The most recent rate increase for non-industrial customers was for May 1, 2009 billing statements. Restructuring will result from increased electricity commodity and transmission expenses. Federal emission control regulations have greatly affected the manner that energy is produced and generating plants infrastructure costs increase overall costs for the commodity. Macon Municipal Utilities has floated demand to industrial customers at cost since 2007 and it is likely that commercial customers using over 100 KW will be assessed a demand charge in the future due to the impact on overall commodity costs. More information will be provided to commercial customers anticipated to realize the most significant increase in the next few weeks.
Also under new business, Wilson recommended renewing the water tower wash out and inspection program with Ozark Applicators, LLC for the east and north towers. President Tim Watts made a motion, seconded by Board Member Jerry Chezum, to renew the contract for five years at $950.00 annually for the east 500,000 gallon tank and $1,200 annually for the north one million gallon tank. The motion passed with three votes for and none against.
Under manager reports, the Board reviewed operational updates provided by the managers with some items receiving additional discussion. Wilson noted that Williams-Keepers, Inc. staff are in-house the week of March 18, performing MMU's 2012 independent financial audit.
Assistant General Manager Scott shared that staff is addressing maintenance at the Macon Energy Center while POET Biorefining, Inc. - Macon is shut down. Also, the Audrain Energy Center was shut down on March 12, to facilitate quarterly maintenance. Additionally, power plant personnel have completed quarter one generator testing for Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission requirements and they are assisting lineworkers with the system grounding project and the system survey action plan.
Regarding Underground Facilities, crews performed routine operations including natural gas leak surveys and preventative maintenance. Also, water valve operations were performed and twenty-eight sections of wastewater collection mains were jetted as preventative maintenance. In addition, an infiltration repair was made on a wastewater collection main in the 200 block of Madison Street. Also there was a wastewater main blockage in the 500 block of Riggs Street which was repaired by utility personnel.
Under Manager Roger Rector's updates for the water plant and wastewater treatment plants, general maintenance was noted.
After approval of accounts payable and setting the next regular meeting for Monday, April 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., a motion was made by Tim Watts, seconded by J.D. King, to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried with three votes for and none against. President Tim Watts adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m