Bids for transformer, breaker on PUC agenda today

NEW ULM – The Public Utilities Commission will discuss bids for the South Side Substation Transformer and 69 KV Breaker at today’s meeting.

Fourteen bids were received for the project. Two separate bid recommendations will be needed – one for the transformer and one for the breaker. The project was included in the 2014 budget to be funded with an internal loan from the PUC Gas Department.

A change order for the Airport Water Tower Reconditioning Project is on the PUC agenda. An inspection revealed the lower ladder landings are more than 23 feet apart. OSHA requirements call for a fall arrest system on ladder landings more than 20 feet apart. MK Painting will furnish and install these additional fall arrest systems for $12,500. This action will increase the contract with MK Painting, and will add an extra two days to the original 65 contract days for the project. If passed, the total contract amount for the water tower project will be $308,600.

A proposed budget adjustment calls for a $2,000 decrease to salaries in the Administration Fund and a $2,000 increase to Wellness Program. Staff is attempting to take a proactive approach in trying to moderate health insurance claims by forming a wellness committee.

The commission will discuss appointing a PUC commissioner to the personnel committee to replace Bill Swan who is vacating the position.

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