KEOKUK MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS

         SUMMARY OF BOARD PROCEEDINGS

May 26, 2021

WATERWORKS OFFICE


Present: Chairman Pro Tem Hickey, Trustees Hausch, Long and Schmitt.


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.

 

This is the time and place for a public hearing for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget Amendment. Chairman Pro Tem Hickey opened the public hearing and asked if there were any written or oral comments or objections. There being none, motion was made by Trustee Long and seconded by Trustee Hausch, that the public hearing was closed and the regular meeting be opened.


Chairman Pro Tem Hickey opened the regular meeting. Motion was made by Trustee Hausch and seconded by Trustee Long, that the minutes from the previous meetings of April 21 and May 5, 2021, be approved as presented. Motion carried.


Accounts payable vouchers were reviewed and approved.


Ms. Barnes discussed monthly financials, budget, operating expenses, and water sales to date. Ms. Barnes presented the Board with the amended budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. After some discussion, the following resolution was adopted, RES #1134, the Amended Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, as set forth in the Adopted Budget Summary and in the detailed budget in support thereof showing the estimated revenues and expenditures for said fiscal year in accordance with the summary and detail, is adopted. Motion was made by Trustee Hausch and seconded by Trustee Long. All ayes. Motion carried.


Mr. Bogner introduced the Waterworks’ new board member, Mr. Ron Schmitt. He joined the meeting via computer. Mr. Bogner presented the Board with a resolution authorizing and approving a loan agreement for the issuance and securing payment of bond funds. After some discussion, the following resolution was adopted, RES #1135, authorizing and approving a Loan Agreement and providing for the issuance and securing the payment of not to exceed $5,900,000 Water Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Series 2021.


Mr. Bogner informed the Board that the Waterworks negotiating team came to an agreement and the Union ratified the agreement with a unanimous vote. After some discussion the following resolution was adopted, RES #1136, the Board hereby approves the agreement with Union Local #238 for a three year contract, with the contract to become effective July 1, 2021. Motion was made by Trustee Hausch and seconded by Trustee Long. All ayes. Motion carried.


Mr. Maddox presented the Board with monthly charts and informed the Board of the work that has been done around the plant. Delivery of the canisters for skids 7, 8, & 9, have been delayed until the end of July for the Ultrafiltration Project. Mr. Maddox gave a report on the high service pumps and their need for scheduled maintenance in the future.


Mr. Johnston presented the Board with monthly charts. He gave a report on the Lincoln Tower. He also discussed with the Board, that the Waterworks is having increasing problems with  customers turning on their own water at the curb box when they have been turned off for non-payment. The Waterworks currently charges a $100 tampering fee for each occurrence. The Board would like to talk to legal counsel and see what can be done to prosecute these repeat offenders.


Mr. Bogner had several topics to discuss with the Board. He would like to look for a Working Maintenance Supervisor for the Plant. An individual that has a working knowledge of precision mechanics, with a background in electrical maintenance and purchasing. The Board agreed that this would be a good move for the Waterworks.

The second topic was cash flow and rate discussion. The last time the Waterworks had a rate increase was in 2020, for industry only. 2016 was the last increase for residential customers. With the need to go into full use with the membranes and discontinue the conventional system, there will need to be some security improvements made to the Ultrafiltration System.

The third topic was a request by Mr. Bogner to attend the Annual Membrane Conference in July. The Board thought that would be a good idea.


The last topic of discussion was wages and salaries of all Waterworks employees. Further information will be provided for the June Board meeting for approval.


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 June 23, 2021, at 2:30 P.M. For participation by phone or computer, instructions will be included on the agenda.



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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


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Next Regular Board Meeting will be Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:30 PM


Instructions to join the meeting via 

computer, tablet or smartphone will be on the agenda.




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Managed By: Keokuk Municipal

 Waterworks

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

Keokuk, IA  

52632

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