Rolla Municipal Utilities workers have completed their work for the new CVS Pharmacy, are still working on adding the new Buffalo Wild Wings to the grid and have several other projects in the works, too.
Operations Manager Tom Parker reported the status of work being done by RMU at Thursday's Board of Public Works meeting. Here's a summary of the work in the electrical department:
• For the CVS Pharmacy, 500 N. Bishop Ave., a new three-phase underground primary line, transformer and meter were installed. Work started Sept. 6 and was completed Sept. 10.
•At the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, 1811 N. Bishop Ave., a new three-phase overhead distribution system, underground primary line, transformer and meter installation began Aug. 19 and is ongoing.
• New feeder circuit, underground and overhead distribution system from the Dewing Lane Substation to Lions Club Drive, which started Dec. 3, 2012, is ongoing.
• Modifications and regulator installation at the Industrial Park substation that started March 5 is ongoing.
• Rebuilding of an existing 3-kilovolt line, 2,800 feet in length, that started April 24 on Cedar Street, from Eighth to 12th streets, and on Bardsley Avenue, from Arkansas Avenue to 12th Street, is ongoing.
• Installation of 2,568 feet of fiber optic cable that started Sept. 10 in the South Bishop and Lane area was completed Sept. 19.
Here's what's going on in the water department:
• On 16th Street, from Pine Street to Oak Street, replacing an existing 10-inch ductile water line with 16-inch C905 plastic; installation of 40 feet of 4-inch C900 plastic; 40 feet of 6-inch C900; 20 feet of 10-inch C900 and 780 feet of 16-inch C905 started June 26 and was completed Aug. 29.
• On Victoria Lane from Rolla Street to the cul-de-sac, replacing an existing 6-inch ductile iron water line with 8-inch C900 plastic started Sept. 13 and is ongoing.
RMU had net income of $17,704.19 in August, thanks to non-operating income.
In his report to the board, Business/Finance Director Dennis Roberts noted total operating income for August was $2,478,610.84 while total operating expenses were $2,492,399.37, resulting in an operating loss of of $13,779.53.
Interest income, late fees and other non-operating income totaled $31,483.72.
In August 2012, RMU had $2,783,025.39 in operating income and $2,376,722.47 in operating expenses for total operating income of $406,302.92. Added to that was other income of $39,125.39 for a net income of $445,428.31 a year ago.
Year-to-date, RMU has had a net loss of $238,157.94, compared to net income of $1,977,214.48 for the same period a year ago.
In this month's report, Roberts included an average of the year-to-date income and expenses for the past five years. On average, the municipal utility has had net income of $2,261,663.20 by the end of August.
RMU's fiscal year is the same as the city's, Oct. 1-Sept. 30.
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RMU General Manager Rodney Bourne told the board that Public Power Week is Oct. 6-12, and RMU will have a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Alfermann Sub-Station.
He also reported Missouri University of Science and Technology is planning another geothermal project at the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building complex.
Bourne also referred to a recent news report in the St. Louis newspaper about the Obama administration's new draft policy regarding coal-fired electrical plants. He said the American Power Production Association has taken the position that the EPA is targeting coal plants. "I'd say that's pretty accurate," Bourne said.