The Traer Municipal Utilities Board held their regular meeting Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m. in the Traer Municipal Hall. Attending the meeting was Chairman Bruce Overton, Trustees Dann Larmore, Sandra Whannel and Joe Morris. Trustee Dick Thompson was absent.
Overton called the meeting to order. Larmore made a motion to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by Whannel and the motion carried.
A motion was made by Larmore to approve the consent agenda, approve the minutes of the June 4 meeting and the July accounts payables including the checks in the amount of $147,571.00. The motion was seconded by Morris and the motion carried.
The board then considered an agreement "participation agreement with Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation for a "Change a Light" program. The program is the same as in 2009, where residents can receive a rebate for purchasing "CFL" bulbs from a local vendor. A motion was made by Whannel, seconded by Morris to approve participation in the program and the motion carried.
A motion was made by Morris, seconded by Larmore, to approve a "Shared Resources Agreement" with Hudson Municipal Electric Utility for FY2010. The agreement is identical to the agreement signed in FY2009, where TMU provides up to 500 man-hours of work per year for a base fee of $1,500 per month. The motion carried.
The board considered allowing employees to transfer accrued vacation and sick time to other employees. A motion was made by Larmore, seconded by Whannel, to allow TMU employees to donate some of their accrued vacation or sick time to help pay wages for Chris Cooper (city employee), who is on medical leave or absence. The employees can donate their time, and TMU will reimburse the City for the cost of paying Cooper's wages. The motion carried.
General Manager Pat Stief updated the Board on the activity relating to the gas municiplazation. There is a tentative meeting scheduled to begin negotiations with Alliant July 10.
Stief also noted that TMU was looking into the feasibility of starting a program for customers to install solar water heaters. The costs would be $3-4,000 per installation, with a 30 percent federal tax credit available. No formal action was taken at this time.
There were questions regarding the expenses paid by TMU to American Express, and where TMU purchased fuel for the vehicles. The Amex card is used for all purchases at Whannel's Hardware and Traer Short Stop, as these two local businesses have chosen this method of payment instead of a local charge account. the card is also used extensively for purchases on internet equipment, most of which is purchased on-line. Fuel for TMU vehicles is purchased on a monthly rotating schedule from all three local gas stations.
Hearing no other business, Overton adjourned the meeting.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.