Long-time Greenfield Municipal Utilities manager Duane Armstead was honored by co-workers, community members, and fellow utility personnel at a retirement reception held on December 23rd.
With Iowa cities facing more than $1 billion in improvements to meet new nutrient-reduction requirements, the Iowa League of Cities is investigating developing a water-quality trading program that officials believe could help cut their costs. CLICK HERE to read the story in the Des Moines Register
by Joel Logan, Director of Energy Services
As 2014 winds down and we look forward to 2015, IAMU is gearing up to assist electric and gas utility members with the next biennial energy efficiency report due to the Iowa Utilities Board.
Attorney General Tom Miller filed lawsuits against four contractors who allegedly damaged natural gas and electrical lines during excavations without first notifying Iowa One Call. The suits, filed Friday, allege six illegal excavations in Linn, Polk, Scott, and Warren Counties.
To read the news release from the Attorney General's office, CLICK HERE.
To listen to a news report on Radio Iowa, CLICK HERE.
One of the main concerns of utilities is the safety of their product and the reliable delivery of that product to the customer. That is why IAMU has been involved with Common Ground Iowa (CGI) since its inception in 2007. Recently, CGI began reaching out to the ag community to raise awareness about damage prevention to utility infrastructure.
City officials in Denison are exploring the possibility or providing free WiFi service to citizens in the Crawford County town of 8,300. The mayor of Denison has been working with the leadership at Denison Municipal Utilities and the Denison Community School District to investigate WiFi as a way to reach unserved or underserved members of the community. CLICK HERE to read a story at Omaha.com.
Registration is now open for the 2015 IAMU Leadership Conference & Annual Business Meeting on February 4th and 5th, 2015 at the Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center in Des Moines. The conference includes informative workshop session on a variety of topics including capitol improvement planning, workforce planning and employee retention, and more. On the evening of Wednesday, February 4th IAMU will be hosting a Legislative Reception at the Embassy Suites to give members an opportunity to visit with lawmakers. There will also be a vendor reception on February 4th.
Registration materials are available on the IAMU website under Events, or CLICK HERE.
Stepladders are common everyday tools that we take for granted but used improperly cause serious accidents. Check out this week's Toolbox Talk for some tips on making that next climb safer.
Cyber attacks increased in frequency and damage during 2014, according to a story in Government Technology. And the prospect for cybersecurity concerns to keep growing is strong.
As our online and offline worlds merge together in new ways, most experts expect these cyber-trends to continue. Future cyber-inventions that fall under the Internet of Things (IoT) banner, which include cars and homes and smart cities that are connected, will bring more cyber-challenges in 2015 and beyond.
To read the complete story, CLICK HERE.