Board Of Public Works Tackles A Variety Of Issues

Date 2013/9/25 10:01:25 | Topic: News

The Trenton Board of Public Works met for more than 2 ½ hours last night. A large share of that time involved an update on a study being done by the firm Burns and McDonnell to determine the cost for Trenton Municipal Utilities to provide utility services and suggested rates.

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Final figures are to be presented to the Board of Public Works at next month's meeting.

Burns and McDonnell is suggesting revenue adjustments for the Electric Department of 9% next May, and 3% each May the following three years---2015 through 2017.

Burns and McDonnell has made suggestions to meet an overall 9% electric increase when considering cost of services. They are residential 15%, industrial 9%, what's called commercial power 5%, and commercial 1%.

Among Burns and McDonnell's recommended changes for designing electric rates are consolidating residential customers into a single class, consolidating small commercial customers into a single class, and establishing seasonal rates for residential and small commercial. There would be a rate for 4 months during the summer, and another rate for the remaining 8 months of the year. Also recommended are eliminating declining block rates for residential and small commercial.

Burns and McDonnell recommendations for large commercial and industrial are more complicated. They include eliminating the lower step of declining block rates, defining the physical and usage level break, planning for demand/energy rate structure, and having what's called an 85% summer demand charge ratchet for industrial.

Proposed Water Department revenue adjustments are 10% in January, no adjustment next May, then 3% each May in 2015 through 2017.

Proposed wastewater revenue adjustments are 22% in January, none in May of next year, and 3% each May of 2015 through 2017.

Proposed rates have not been made for the Water and Wastewater Departments.

Some customers are to be reclassified.

Electric Department expenses in the first 4 months of the fiscal year surpassed revenue by nearly $335,000. The net income for the Water Department showed a loss of more than $462,000 when depreciation is included. Net income for the Water and Wastewater Departments showed positive amounts in the first 4 months of this fiscal year---more than $146,000 for the Water Department and nearly $116,000 for the Wastewater division.

The Wastewater Department has future upgrades to make to meet governmental requirements involving the Wastewater Treatment Plant area. As part of that process, the Board of Public Works approved Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company to oversee efforts to determine infiltration and inflow sources from both public and private systems. Burns and McDonnell is to be paid up to $156,000. The firm is to subcontract with Trekk Design Group to monitor and analyze flow and rainfall. Smoke testing and analysis is part of the process to identify infiltration and inflow sources. The agreement to have McDonnell Engineering Company develop a bypass elimination plan now goes to the Trenton City Council for its consideration.

The Trenton Board of Public Works approved Olsson Associates to determine whether it's feasible for upgrades to be made to diesel powered generators to meet Environmental Protection Agency air standards for emissions. The cost of the study is not to exceed nearly $23,700.

The Board of Public Works approved a bid from B and B to provide remanufactured transformers at a charge of more than $26,000. That's the lowest bid among the 3 received.

Trenton Municipal Utilities received an award from its insurance provider---Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association—involving some TMU safety
equipment. The award included a plaque and more than $4200.

The Trenton Board of Public Works is to meet again this evening at 5:30 at City Hall for strategic planning.



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