KEOKUK MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS

         SUMMARY OF BOARD PROCEEDINGS

 March 24, 2021


Present: Chairman Pro Tem Hickey, Trustees Hausch and Long. Chairperson Boyd was absent.


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 Pro Tem Hickey opened the regular meeting. A motion was made by Trustee Long and seconded by Trustee Hausch that the minutes from the previous regular meeting of February 24, 2021, be approved as presented.  All ayes, Motion Carried.


Trustee Long made a motion and Trustee Hausch seconded, to approve vouchers.  All ayes, Motion carried.


Mr. Bogner went over a debt service schedule and charts for the refinancing of current bonds.  He introduced Mr. Maloney with D.A. Davidson, who gave an over view of the process of the refinancing and answered any questions they had. After some discussion the following resolution was adopted, RES #1127,

Resolution to fix a date for a public hearing on a proposal to issue waterworks system utility revenue and revenue refunding bonds thereunder in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $5,900,000

WHEREAS, the City of Keokuk (the “City”), in Lee County, State of Iowa, did heretofore establish the Keokuk Municipal Waterworks (the “Waterworks Utility”) of the City and for which the Waterworks Utility has continuously supplied water and water service in and to the City and its inhabitants since its establishment; and

WHEREAS, the management and control of the Waterworks Utility are vested in the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Waterworks Utility; and

WHEREAS, the Waterworks Utility now proposes to issue indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $5,900,000, in one or more series, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 384 of the Code of Iowa, 2021, as amended, for the purposes of: (i) paying the cost, to that extent, of constructing water improvements and extensions to the municipal waterworks system of the Water Utility, (ii) paying for the costs necessary to refund outstanding indebtedness, (iii) funding a debt service reserve fund, and (iv) paying for costs related to the issuance of the revenue  and revenue refunding bonds (collectively the “Project”); and

WHEREAS, it is necessary to fix a date of meeting of the Board at which it is proposed to take action to issue the revenue bonds, payable from the net revenues of the Waterworks Utility, and to give notice thereof as required by such law;

NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved by the Board of the Waterworks Utility as follows:

Section 1.        This Board shall meet on April 21, 2021, at the Waterworks Utility Offices, 20 N 4th Street, Keokuk, Iowa, 52632 at 2:30 o’clock p.m., at which time and place a hearing will be held and proceedings will be instituted and action necessary to issue revenue bonds.

Section 2.        The Board Secretary is hereby directed to give notice of the proposed action setting forth the amount and purpose thereof, the time when and place where the said meeting will be held by publication at least once, not less than four (4) and not more than twenty (20) days before the meeting, in a legal newspaper which has a general circulation in the City.  The notice shall be in substantially the following form:

NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION TO INSTITUTE
PROCEEDINGS TO ISSUE KEOKUK WATERWORKS UTILITY REVENUE AND REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS IN ONE OR MORE SERIES

IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $5,900,000

(WATER REVENUE)

The Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of Keokuk Municipal Waterworks (the “Waterworks Utility”) will meet on April 21, 2021, at the Waterworks Utility Offices, 20 N 4th Street, Keokuk, Iowa, 52632 at 2:30 o’clock p.m., to consider the issuance, in one or more series, of Waterworks Utility Revenue Bonds and Waterworks Utility Revenue Refunding Bonds (collectively the “Revenue Bonds”), the proceeds of which will be used for the purposes of: (i) paying the cost, to that extent, of constructing water improvements and extensions to the municipal waterworks system of the Water Utility, (ii) paying for the costs necessary to refund outstanding indebtedness, (iii) funding a debt service reserve fund, and (iv) paying for costs related to the issuance of the revenue  and revenue refunding bonds (collectively the “Project”).

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The Revenue Bonds will not constitute a general obligation of the City of Keokuk, Iowa (the “City”), nor will the Revenue Bonds be payable in any manner by taxation but, together with any additional obligations as may be hereafter issued and outstanding from time to time ranking on a parity therewith, will be payable solely and only from the net revenues of the Waterworks Utility.

At that time and place, oral or written objections may be filed or made to the proposal to issue the revenue bonds.  After receiving objections, the Board may determine to issue the Revenue Bonds, in which case, the decision will be final unless appealed to the District Court within fifteen (15) days thereafter.

By order of the Board of the Waterworks Utility Board Secretary

Section 3.        Pursuant to Section 1.150-2 of the Income Tax Regulations (the “Regulations”) of the Internal Revenue Service, the Board declares (a) that it intends to undertake the Project which is reasonably estimated to cost approximately $5,900,000, (b) that other than (i) expenditures to be paid or reimbursed from sources other than the issuance of bonds, notes or other obligations (the “Bonds”), or (ii) expenditures made not earlier than 60 days prior to the date of this Resolution or a previous intent resolution of the Board, or (iii) expenditures amounting to the lesser of $100,000 or 5% of the proceeds of the Bonds, or (iv) expenditures constituting preliminary expenditures as defined in Section 1.150-2(f)(2) of the Regulations, no expenditures for the Project have heretofore been made by the Board and no expenditures will be made by the Board until after the date of this Resolution or a prior intent resolution of the Board, and (c) that the Board reasonably expects to reimburse the expenditures made for costs of the Board out of the proceeds of the Bonds.  This declaration is a declaration of official intent adopted pursuant to Section 1.150-2 of the Regulations.

Section 4.        All resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.

Section 5.        This resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately upon its adoption and approval, as provided by law.

Motion was made by Trustee Hausch and seconded by Trustee Long. All ayes. Motion carried.

Passed and approved this 24th day of March, 2021.


Mr. Maddox presented the Board with monthly charts and informed the Board of the work that has been done around the plant. Two of the Miox units have been repaired and recently one developed a leak in a new spot and had to be pulled out for repairs. The new ultrafiltration skids are about ready for delivery of the canisters in May.


Mr. Johnston presented the Board with monthly charts. He reported that the Distribution department recently attended a class on Trenching and Shoring. Everyone will be certified. The two newest employees have passed their CDL testing. Mr. Johnston shared the results of the mowing bids for this year and after some discussion the following resolution was adopted, RES #1128, the Board hereby accepts the bid received from Jerry’s Handyman Service, LLC, in the amount, of $270.00, for mowing Keokuk Municipal Waterworks properties. Motion was made by Trustee Long and seconded by Trustee Hausch. All ayes. Motion carried.


Ms. Barnes discussed monthly financials, budget, operating expenses, and water sales to date. She also reported that there were no safety incidents this month. Ms. Barnes informed the Board, that Mr. Bogner needs to be able to officially sign documents as the General Manager for the Waterworks. After some discussion the following resolution was adopted, RES #1129, the Board hereby authorizes David Bogner to sign any financial document or any document pertaining to the Keokuk Municipal Waterworks. Motion was made by Trustee Long and seconded by Trustee Hausch. All ayes. Motion carried.


Mr. Bogner shared with the Board that he has reached out to the Union Representative and Attorneys and are looking for a date that they can meet. Discussion was held regarding the spending on the Chemical Feed Room and the Ultrafiltration Project. The refinancing on the bonds and reserves will help fund these projects.

Mr. Bogner discussed the need for a replacement of a board member and made a few suggestions.  Mr. Bogner brought up the new American Rescue Plan Act by Congress. He will look into how the Waterworks could benefit from this.


The Chamber of Commerce has contacted the Waterworks regarding the drinking station for use during Earth Day on April 17, 2021. The station will be set up at Tolmie Park on April 16th.


There being no further business to come before the Board of Trustees, the meeting was adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, will be April 21, 2021, at 2:30 P.M. For participation by phone or computer, instructions will be included on the agenda.

ATTEST:  ____________________         ________________________

                David Bogner, Secretary        Michael Hickey, Chairman Pro Tem






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   Hausch Accepts Award of Excellence

  July 25, 2020- Daily Gate City


The Keokuk Municipal Waterworks (KMW) presented an Award of Excellence at the July board meeting to Chairman Otto "Mike" Hausch.  Mike has served on the Waterworks Board for over 21 years and served as Chairman since 2014.  Due to time constraints, he has recently resigned as chair but will continue to serve on the board.  His great accomplishments include major treatment plant upgrades in the 1990s, membrane filtration technology implementation in the 2000s, and construction of a 4 million gallon water tower.  KMW earned AWWA best tasting water in the state in 2005, 2015 and 2019.

With technical expertise as an engineer and with a focus on safety, Hausch has provided key insights for board guidance over the years, and will continue doing so in the future.  Praise of Hausch’s commitment to service was echoed by fellow board members. “Mike has been instrumental in moving the Keokuk Municipal Waterworks forward with a state-of-the-art filtration system. Keokuk’s water quality has never been better thanks to Mike, fellow Board members, and past and present staff. We value his input and will continue to march down a similar path going forward,” commented Kim Boyd.   “With the short amount of time I have been on the board, Mike has been the constant and steady leader that has taken us through the easy and the hard decisions that must be made that makes the drinking water in Keokuk some of the best in Iowa. I am personally pleased that he will continue to serve the board as a member and the citizens of Keokuk,” said Ray Long.  “Mike Hausch brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Keokuk Waterworks.  His contributions are one of the keys to the great-tasting water that we enjoy every day, and we are excited that he has agreed to continue serving on the board of directors,” stated David Bogner.  “I have enjoyed serving on the Waterworks Board under Mike’s leadership.  He has provided a unique perspective and added value to our Board with strategic planning and implementing our mission for high quality water at the most economical cost,” added Mike Hickey.  Hausch’s dedication and passion for the community of Keokuk and in producing high quality drinking water are testaments to his service.


Salvation Army and Community Action

Provide Aid for Late Water Bills


During this trying time with high unemployment due to the COVID-19 Virus, it may be a challenge to pay monthly bills like rent, water, gas and electric.

Keokuk Waterworks anticipates an increase in the number of late water bill payments. On average, 20% of houses miss the due date and 5% become eligible for disconnection, resulting in a monthly outstanding balance of more than $15,000. Late fees and shut offs have been suspended to lessen the some financial burden. On time payments are greatly encouraged and partial payments are welcome if a full payment is not available.

“The need is great right now and, with people being out of work, the need will only become greater,” said Linda Faye Jones, of the Salvation Army.

Anyone who is in need of support, can contact the Salvation Army at 524-1144 or Community Action at 524-6383. Those who wish to donate can send checks to Community Action of Southeast Iowa, 2850 Mount Pleasant Street, Suite 108, Burlington, IA 52601, and in the memo line write Keokuk Water Bills, or visit the website at https://caofseia.org/. Another option is to donate to the Salvation Army at 31 S. 30th St., Keokuk, IA 52632, or online at www.SAkeokuk.org.

Any, and all support is appreciated as our community is bonded together through this crisis.

Keokuk Waterworks continues to work hard to provide the highest quality water.


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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HYDRANT FLUSHING NOTICE

KEOKUK MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS

Keokuk Municipal Waterworks will be flushing fire hydrants starting the 19th of April, and continuing for approximately 2 weeks, throughout the city.


Flushing of fire hydrants can often cause disruption in the distribution system.  This can cause customers to experience discolored water.  This is not harmful and clears up after a short time.


If you notice discolored water in your home, please allow your cold water taps to run until the color returns to normal.  It is wise not to do any laundry at this time, as the discolored water can cause staining of your clothing. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Waterworks office at 524-5285.


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KEOKUK MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS

20 N 4TH STREET

KEOKUK, IOWA   52632


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Next Regular Board Meeting will be Wednesday, April21, 2021 at 2:30 PM


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