KEOKUK MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS

     SUMMARY OF BOARD PROCEEDINGS

August 25, 2021


Present:  Chairman Boyd, Trustees Hausch, Hickey and Long.


The public was invited to attend the Go To Meeting by phone, computer or smart phone, as the office was closed due to COVID-19.  


Chairman Boyd opened the regular meeting. A motion was made by Trustee Long and seconded by Trustee Hausch, that the minutes from the previous meeting of July 28, 2021, be approved, as presented.  All ayes. Motion carried. Vouchers were reviewed and approved.


Mr. Maddox presented the Board with monthly charts and informed the Board of the work that has been done around the Plant. Mr. Maddox explained to the Board that it is getting harder to get chemicals delivered on time. They are continuing to look into options. One of the ceramic bearings failed in the #3 High Service Pump. Adam’s Consulting & Programming will be making the repairs at their expense.


Mr. Maddox shared with the Board that two Plant employees passed their Grade 1 Distribution tests.


Mr. Johnston presented the Board with monthly charts. He reported to the Board there were 2 water main breaks last month, 182 locates, 180 reads and 21 meters set. He has also been interviewing for a new Utility Worker for the Distribution Department.


Ms. Barnes discussed monthly financials, budget, operating expenses, and water sales to date. She explained to the Board that she and Mr. Bogner decided to change some columns on the Income Statement, for clarity. Ms. Barnes shared with the Board that CPA Associates will be here this month for audit preparation.


Mr. Bogner shared with the Board, that the K-Play Committee has come to the Waterworks looking for donations for their new Splash Pad to be installed in Tolmie Park. Their request is for the Waterworks to provide water and a main line tap. Mr. Bogner also talked about billing options for larger volume users. Mr. Bogner informed the Board that the Waterworks had to pay $52,758.72 for arbitrage rebate on Capital Loan Note, Series 2013B, due to bond refinancing.


The Board talked about the donation to K-Play and after some discussion, the following resolution was adopted, RES#1141, the Board hereby approves providing the main line tap and the water for the new K-Play Splash Pad in Tolmie Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., with the condition that K-Play provide and install a Keokuk Municipal Waterworks approved meter in the service line. Motion was made by Trustee Long and seconded by Trustee Hickey. All ayes. Motion carried.


There being no further business to come before the Board of Trustees, the meeting is adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, will be September 22, 2021, at 2:30 P.M. For participation by phone or computer, instructions will be included on the agenda located on our website: www.keowater.com


ATTEST:  ____________________________               _____________________________                         

                   David Bogner, Secretary                               Kimberly Boyd, Chairperson  

                                                                                                                




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Keokuk Municipal Waterworks

Effective April 8, 2020

Customer Service/Payment Options


Walk-in customer service is temporarily suspended at this time and the drive through is closed for the next two weeks and plans to re-open on April 27, 2020, upon the public health emergency declaration at that time.  Keokuk Municipal Waterworks offers a variety of opportunities to complete payments and customer service needs:

·       Online: Login to online account to pay by credit card, direct pay or electronic check. Using Payment Service Network at (877) 885-7968 or www.paymentservicenetwork.com and www.keowater.com

·       Phone: Please call (319) 524-5285,  Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Pay by credit card or electronic check.

·       Drop Box: Place bill stub and payment in the payment drop box located by the front doors.

·       Mail: Mail bill stub and payment.


The Keokuk Municipal Waterworks will continue serving our customers over the phone at (319) 524-5285 for new service and any other customer service needs during this time.



COVID Safety Measures

March 17, 2020


The Keokuk Municipal Waterworks is closely following the guidance from the CDC and also any state government recommendations. The situation with the virus is constantly changing and we take preparation measures seriously. Below is a list of actions to be taken by the Waterworks in response:

  • Closing of the front lobby to encourage social  distancing
  • Canceling late penalties, late fees, meter changes and shut-offs until the public health emergency has been lifted.
  • We highly encourage “on time” payments.
  • We know the current situation will pose financial hardships and we will be happy to answer any questions by phone.

Today’s primary concern is the health and safety of our community and our Waterworks family. The drive through remains open for payments, but we ask that you use the on-line payment option or use our drop box located at the front door.

 

Keokuk Waterworks "finished" drinking water remains safe. The COVID-19 virus, has not been detected in drinking water. EPA recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. 


 

Keokuk has Best Tasting Water

 Daily Gate City- Nov 6, 2019


waterworks award


Water utilities compete at the Iowa American Water Works Association (AWWA) for the title of “Best tasting water in Iowa.” Every year, between 10 and 20 waterworks from across the state vie for bragging rights at the annual AWWA conference of who has the best tasting water in Iowa.

Keokuk Waterworks has taken home the grand prize for 2019. Judging criteria is based on odor, taste, aftertaste and appearance. Keokuk won this same award in 2005 and 2015.

“Treating the Mississippi River comes with ups and downs on an average year. In 2019, we have had three record flood stages. The Waterworks has talented operators with the ability to adjust to the variable conditions the river throws at us,” Plant Superintendent Jim Maddox said.

The Keokuk Waterworks is a state of the art surface water treatment plant that draws its water from the Mississippi River. Keokuk Waterworks uses advanced filtration with membrane filters for the public’s protection in filtering the processed water.

“KMW is committed to excellence and has invested in new treatment technologies and replacement of aging pipe infrastructure. We are honored to accept this award and take the responsibility of water treatment as an opportunity and a challenge to produce the best water at the lowest cost,” Board President Otto Hausch said.

KMW is now shifting their focus from the treatment plant to the distribution system, which carries our water to residents and industries. The Waterworks is proud of the high quality drinking water and take this award as a reminder of the excellence the City of Keokuk expects from it.

Some of the people that have made the award possible include Plant Superintendent: Jim Maddox, Plant Asst. Superintendent: Bill Seabold, Lab Technician: Jennifer Laubersheimer, Plant Operators: Chris Tallman, Don Oliver, Robert Gundy, Shannon Helenthal, Brandon Lemaster, Kyle Haney, Ryan Horner, Drew Lewis and Adam Hieatt and the Keokuk Municipal Waterworks Board President: Otto M. Hausch, Trustees: David Bogner, Kimberly Boyd, Michael Hickey, and Ray Long.


 


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KEOKUK MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS

20 N 4TH STREET

KEOKUK, IOWA   52632


          


   Next Regular Board Meeting will be 

   Wednesday, September 22, 2021

   at 2:30 PM


   Instructions to join the meeting via 

   computer, tablet or smartphone will be

   on the agenda.




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20 N. 4th St. P.O. Box 10

Keokuk, IA  

52632

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