The Pryor Creek Municipal Utility Board met
Mayor Jimmy Tramel wants a utility rate increase to provide the city of Pryor with additional revenue. The meeting began with approval of the minutes from the November meeting. The next agenda item was to approve claims #541 to #588 for $348,711.60.
The board recognized Steve Powell with Mehlburger Brawley Engineering who reported that the water storage painting project has been moved back a week. Powell reported on the progress on the emergency generator replacement at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Westside Sewer Extension from North Edith Street to North Maple Street.
The board recognized Tramel, who requested that Gary Pruett, on behalf of MUB and the City of Pryor Creek, meet on Dec. 18 regarding street projects.
Tramel reported on ordinance and insurance committee meetings that needed the discussion of charter revisions and a recommendation from the committee to ask MUB to include additional income for Pryor through a utility rate increase of at least $107,000 in addition to the $550,000 allocated to Pryor.
The board recognized Kurt Schultz with AmeriBank Group Benefits, Limited Liability Corporation LLC, to discuss insurance rate history. Schultz presented quotes and options employee insurance benefits. He presented quotes and options for employee dental insurance from Delta Dental of Oklahoma. He discussed the AD&D Life Insurance benefit with two years remaining on the rate guarantee with Symetra and reminded the board that this policy is provided for employees only and not available to dependents.
He discussed quotes for an employee voluntary participation in term life insurance plan offered by Symetra and a vision plan through VSP Signature. Participation requirements are 10 employees, or a minimum of 15 combined City of Pryor and MUB employees. This would be a payroll deduction with no cost to the employer. Schultz concluded his presentation with the recommendation for the City of Pryor and MUB not to be independent from each other but to remain under one policy. The renewal deadline for health and dental coverage is Dec. 31. Schultz wants to schedule enrollment meetings with employees before Dec. 21.
Tramel and Councilman Travis Noland said they would recommend to the city council the renewal of employee health and dental benefits as is, with the 23 percent health cost increase and the 19.02 percent dental cost increase. They will recommend the council allow Pryor employees voluntary participation in the term life insurance and vision plans.
Pruett recommended renewing the group health insurance coverage with no changes at a rate increase of 23 percent, contingent on the city council vote.
The MUB board approved maintaining the employee health insurance benefit and renewing the Community Care HMO idea IP1 plan at a rate increase of 23 percent, contingent with the council vote.
The board approved renewing the group dental insurance coverage with no changes at a rate increase of 19.02 percent, contingent on the council vote.
The board approved voluntary participation Symetra term life insurance plan to MUB employees, contingent on city council vote.
The board approved voluntary participation VSP Signature Vision Plan for MUB employees.
Pruett reported he received the Department of Environmental Quality-approved plans for the Maple Street to Edith Street sewer extension.
Pruett said he has a prospect for the position of assistant general manager and he planned to meet with the prospect during a family visit to Pryor. In addition, Pruett said he had promising applications for the electric lineman position.
The board recognized secretary Teri Hill who reported MUB participated in the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign on Friday, Nov. 30.
Hill said under Oklahoma House Bill 1086, all agencies doing business with the state treasury must go paperless and payment for utility services paid by the state will be done electronically. MUB does not require paperless transactions but their software offers the option to have checks and direct deposits in the payroll runs and there is no additional maintenance cost or set up fee. First Pryority Bank has waived all origination fees. Hill said the board should enter into an origination agreement between MUB and First Pryority Bank in Pryor and offer direct deposit payroll option in addition to the payroll check option to MUB employees.
The board approved her recommendation.
A written department foremens’ report was presented for discussion.
Pruett discussed the annual leave policy in the MUB personnel manual and recommended increasing the annual leave days after one year of service from six days of service to ten days. This change will affect six employees. The board approved the recommended change.
Pruett discussed amending the residence requirements in the MUB personnel manual and recommended that an employee be allowed to live within 30 minutes normal driving time of Pryor, instead of the 15 minutes it is now.
The board approved the change.
The board recognized Travis Willis to congratulate him on completion of the entire Apprenticeship Program through Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma. Pruett said, “Young men with Travis’ potential are what the Municipal Utility Board needs to keep for the future.” He recommended that Willis be promoted from second year apprentice lineman with merit to third year apprentice lineman with merit. The board approved Pruett’s recommendation increasing Willis’ pay from $22.67 to $24.83 per hour.