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The following salvageable items from City of Bryan properties are being offered for sealed bids until September 23, 2021, at 12 pm. All items are being sold “As Is” and “Where Is” with No personal viewing or access/entry into the properties permitted prior to bidding opening. Brief descriptions and [...]

BMU will be performing maintenance on its cable modem network.

BMU will be performing maintenance on its cable modem network. All cable modem customers will be impacted. There may be several short outages during this maintenance window but no extended outages are currently expected. This maintenance window will be open 9/10/2021 from 12:00am to 5:00am.

Bryan Municipal Utilities is accepting applications for a Water Plant Supervisor

Bryan Municipal Utilities is accepting applications for a Water Plant Supervisor. The position is responsible for the proper operation and maintenance of the water treatment facilities, including the laboratory, production and test wells, elevated storage tanks and related components of the water treatment system. The position supervises, assists, and schedules [...]

PEAK ALERT for WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25, 2021

Bryan Municipal Utilities has received notification to reduce local electric loads from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Today. TODAY’S Forecasted loads are expected to exceed yesterday’s 1CP levels in the AEP region!   AMP recommends reducing local electric loads to avoid additional capacity charges from the PJM Interconnection regional [...]

NORTH MYERS STREET CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

N. MYERS ST. CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Bryan Municipal Utilities Water Department is currently constructing a new 8” waterline on North Myers Street, starting at East Bryan Street, and working North to East Edgerton Street. The North Myers & East Mulberry Street intersection is now open. Please be advised that our crew [...]

National Safe Digging – 811

Today is National Safe Digging Day, which is a great time for a reminder to always call 811 before you dig. There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States. If you start digging without calling, you could damage the electricity flow to your home [...]

PEAK ALERT for WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25, 2021

Bryan Municipal Utilities has received notification to reduce local electric loads from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Today. TODAY’S Forecasted loads are expected to exceed yesterday’s 1CP levels in the AEP region!  AMP recommends reducing local electric loads to avoid additional capacity charges from the PJM Interconnection regional transmission operator [...]

Hot temperatures are here!

Hot temperatures are here and BMU will again be asking for customer assistance in managing high electric demands during periods of hot, humid weather in an effort to save money on local electric bills. A significant portion of BMU’s cost to supply power to Bryan customers is based on how [...]

BMU Sealed Bid Sale

Bryan Municipal Utilities is offering four vehicles and misc. items for a sealed bid sale until Noon on June 24, 2021. Click on the Bid Sale Summary for a listing of these items and the Sealed Bid Items for a picture of the items. All Items are being sold “As [...]

BMU Cable and Internet Look to the Future

Since its inception in 1998, the Communications Department at Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) has provided quality cable and internet services to the residents of the City of Bryan. We offer quality programming for our customers to enjoy, while also providing high-speed internet services to allow advanced communication to family, friends, [...]

BMU issues first peak alert of the season to reduce electric bills.

“How many businesses do you know that ask you to use less and conserve the product they sell?” asked Director of Utilities Nathan Gardner. It’s unusual to say the least, but here’s why. Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) power supply costs are based on the City’s total electric demand during the [...]

In cold weather, the potential for burst pipes is high.

In cold weather, the potential for burst pipes is high, and the results of frozen and burst pipes often result in extensive and costly property damage. Preventive Maintenance Disconnect, remove and store outdoor hoses. Close all inside valves supplying outdoor hose facets. Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor [...]

BMU promotes Schultz to Water Superintendent

Bryan Board of Public Affairs approved the recommendation to promote Derek Schultz to Water Superintendent effective November 30, 2020. Derek has served as the Water Treatment Supervisor since 2013, possesses an Ohio EPA Class III water supply license, a valid Operator Training Committee of Ohio Backflow certification, and an Ohio [...]

Public Power Drive-In Movie Night – October 10

  Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) celebrates Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek) October 4-10 with more than 2,000 community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electric service to 49 million Americans.   “We’ve certainly seen our share of challenges this year,” said BMU Director of Utilities, Nathan Gardner “But we continue to [...]

Bryan Board of Public Affairs Hires Director of Utilities

The Bryan Board of Public Affairs announces the promotion of, Nathan Gardner, to Director of Utilities for Bryan Municipal Utilities. Gardner graduated from Northwest State Community College with a Mechanical Engineering degree.  In addition, he possesses a State of Ohio Environment Protection Agency (OEPA) Class III Water certification.  Gardner has [...]

Saving Energy as Temps Rise

During the hottest and the coldest months of the year, bills will fluctuate to reflect an increase in consumption as a result of the air conditioning or heating systems operating more and lawn irrigation systems. “COVID-19 impacted BMU with a decline in Industrial and Commercial sales,” said Fitzcharles “but with [...]

BMU to resume utility disconnections

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) Utility disconnections for Bryan utility customers who don’t pay their bills have been suspended since March 16, 2020. BMU temporarily suspended utility disconnections for non-payment and waived late penalties in response to COVID-19 to lessen the burden on those affected by the pandemic. BMU will resume [...]

BMU to issue peak alerts to help trim electric bills

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) will again ask for customer assistance in managing peak electric demands during periods of hot, humid weather this summer in an effort to save money on local electric bills. A significant portion of BMU’s power supply cost is based on how much electricity the community uses [...]

City Representatives Take Electric Issues to Capitol Hill

Pictured left to right: Bryan Board of Public Affairs Member Karen Ford, Bryan City Mayor Carrie Schlade, Bryan Municipal Utilities Operations Manager Dawn Fitzcharles City Representatives Take Electric Issues to Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.)—Mayor Carrie Schlade and BMU representatives recently met with federal legislators in Washington, D.C. to [...]

Avoiding Utility Scams

BMU has been made aware of scammers calling customers threatening shut off unless they pay via phone immediately. Recent calls have claimed to have work order numbers and very specific information. BMU and the Bryan City Clerk's Office will NEVER call for payment. Here are some tips to keep you [...]

Summer Heat May Bring Higher Utility Bills

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) says customers may see higher summer utility bills as a result of July warm temperatures.   “BMU tracks local cooling degree days (CDDs) to help assess weather-related impacts on customer electric use and, ultimately, bills,” according to BMU Operations Manager Dawn Fitzcharles. “Cooling degree days are [...]

Dangers of posting signs on poles

It may seem innocent enough, but putting garage sale signs, birthday party balloons, lost pet posters, advertisements or other items on utility poles creates serious safety hazards. Staples, nails and tacks used to hang signs—as well as the signs themselves—pose dangers to lineworkers who must climb poles when restoring power [...]

Local municipal electric utilities ask for customer conservation Friday

As temperatures remain in the 90s across the eastern United States this week, Bryan Municipal Utilities, Montpelier Utilities and Edgerton Utilities  ask their electric customers to voluntarily reduce electric use from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19, to avoid additional capacity and transmission charges that may otherwise [...]

BMU to issue peak alerts to help trim electric bills

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) Summer is here and BMU will again ask for customer assistance in managing peak electric demands during periods of hot, humid weather this summer in an effort to save money on local electric bills. A significant portion of BMU’s power supply cost is based on how [...]

2018 BMU Annual Report Available

You can view an online version of the report below.  You can also call our main office at 419-633-6100 and request a printed version, or stop by the office at 841 E. Edgerton St.  

Townline Road Water Main Project Begins June 21

Townline Road Water Main Project Begins June 21   Bryan, Ohio—Bryan Municipal Utilities’ Townline Road Water Main Replacement Project is scheduled to begin Friday, June 21, at the intersection of High Street and Townline Road. The Project includes installation of approximately 4,400 feet of 12-inch water main, seven fire hydrants [...]

Fire Hydrant Flushing begins on April 25

  Fire hydrants throughout the city of Bryan are flushed and serviced annually. This year, the process will begin on April 25 and will continue through the end of May depending on the weather. Crews will be flushing hydrants neighborhood by neighborhood. We ask that residents in the refrain from [...]

BMU Recognized as Reliable Public Power Provider

  Shown front left to right with the award are Jackie P, Matt K., Sylvia R., (Back) Adam B., Al S., Jim C. Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) has earned Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) in recognition of the municipal utility [...]

NATIONAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SAFETY PRACTICES

Bryan Municipal Utilities has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2018. The utility earned a 1st place award in the category for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. Keith Cutshall, Chair of the Association’s Safety Committee and [...]

Cooler Temperatures May Bring Higher Electric Bills

Cooler Temperatures May Bring Higher Electric Bills   Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) customers may see increased electric bills as a result of colder January temperatures. Colder weather typically leads to increased operating hours for home heating systems and often results in higher electric bills. It requires more energy to maintain [...]

BPA Seeking Applicants to Fill Unexpired Term of BPA Member

Press Release The Bryan Board of Public Affairs (BPA) is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of BPA member Bob Eyre, who resigned effective January 24, 2019. Eyre was appointed to the BPA in 2018 to fill the unexpired term of Bill Pepple which runs through December 31, 2019. [...]

In cold weather, the potential for burst pipes is high.

In cold weather, the potential for burst pipes is high, and the results of frozen and burst pipes often result in extensive and costly property damage. Preventive Maintenance Disconnect, remove and store outdoor hoses. Close all inside valves supplying outdoor hose facets. Place an insulating dome or other covering on outdoor [...]

PEAK DAY ALERT

Arctic temperatures are forecasted for our area into Monday. We have been given notice that we will have the first Winter Peak Alert, also know as a Community Energy Savings Day. Check out the information below on ways you can help save energy and save on next years electric costs.

Downtown Revitalization Report to Community

Where: Bryan Moose Family Center Date: November 29, 2018 Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. What: Under the sponsorship of the Bryan Development Foundation (BDF), a Downtown Assessment Resource Team (D.A.R.T.) from Heritage Ohio traveled to Bryan and evaluated Bryan’s central business district. The assessment has been conducted and the [...]

UTILITY SCAM ALERT

BMU has been made aware of scams appearing again in our area. BMU and the Bryan City Clerk's Office will never call you for payment information. If you receive a call asking for payment, HANG UP! You can always call 419-633-6020, to check on your payment information if you have [...]

Auglaize River set to be lowered at hydro dam

      Our Summer has moved on and we say goodbye to the warm weather and water recreation. Summer 2018 proved to be a very good year for generation at the Auglaize Plant. We were able to generate during all of the peak energy usage days without adversely effecting [...]

Don’t Let Trees Cause Problems with Power Lines

Trees can provide your home with beauty, shade to boost your energy efficiency, and a natural way to reduce your carbon footprint. However, if those trees are planted in the wrong location in your yard, they can also be expensive to maintain and even dangerous. The Energy Education Council’s Safe [...]

BMU Cable Survey

BMU Cable subscribers are asked to take a quick survey to help make a decision on keeping Fox 36, including Bounce and Escape. WUPW has asked BMU for an additional $3.50 to rebroadcast their channels. BMU Cable would be passing this increase cost onto our customers. Please share this link [...]

DRINKING WATER NOTICE

  DRINKING WATER NOTICE   Monitoring requirements were not met for Bryan City  We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not your drinking water meets health standards. During May 2018 did not [...]

Summer Heat May Bring Higher Utility Bills

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) says customers may see higher summer utility bills as a result of continued warmer temperatures. “BMU tracks local cooling degree days (CDDs) to help assess weather-related impacts on customer electric use and, ultimately, bills,” according to BMU Operations Manager Dawn Fitzcharles. “Cooling degree days are calculated [...]

West Bryan Street Water Main Replacement to Begin July 12

Media Release   July 10, 2018   For Immediate Release   For additional information contact: Nathan Gardner Engineering Supervisor Email: ngardner@cityofbryan.com Phone: 419.633.6140   Bryan Municipal Utilities’ (BMU) West Bryan Street Water Main Replacement Project is tentatively slated to begin on Thursday, July 12. The project area includes West Bryan [...]

Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant Receives PUCO Certification

The Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant is located on the Auglaize River southwest of Defiance, Ohio. The facility, constructed in 1912, was purchased by Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) in 1996 as a long-term, zero-emissions power supply resource. In 2017, the Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant achieved its second highest yearly energy production, generating enough [...]

BMU experiences system-wide electric service interruption

  At 11:11 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, service to all Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) electric customers was interrupted. Crews were immediately dispatched to investigate the cause of the service interruption. It was determined that last night’s adverse weather caused a windborne tree limb to come in contact with a [...]

BMU to issue peak alerts to help trim electric bills

Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) will again ask for customer assistance in managing peak electric demands during periods of hot, humid weather this summer in an effort to save money on local electric bills. A significant portion of BMU’s power supply cost is based on how much electricity the community uses [...]

BMU Recognized for Reliable Electric Service

Bryan Municipal Utilities recently received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric service reliability in 2017. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (www.PublicPower.org), the trade association that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. APPA helps members track electric service interruption and restoration data through its subscription-based [...]

Bryan Fire Hydrant Flushing Program Begins

Spring is in the air, so that means it is time for spring cleaning—or flushing—for Bryan Municipal Utilities’ water distribution crew. The Bryan Water Department began its annual water main flushing program on April 12. The program will take approximately three weeks to complete. “We start by flushing large diameter [...]

South Walnut Water Main Work to Begin April 9

Construction of Bryan Municipal Utilities’ South Walnut/East South Street Water Main Improvement Project is tentatively slated to begin Monday, April 9.  The project area includes South Walnut Street from Maple to South streets and East South Street from Walnut Street to Meadowbrook Road. The project includes replacement of aging four- [...]

Street Light Outage Reporter

We want to keep our neighborhoods well lit and safe at night. Do you know of a streetlight problem? Please report it so we can repair it promptly. All you need to know to report a problem is the pole number and/or the location of the streetlight.  Click the link [...]

City Representatives Take Electric Issues to Capitol Hill

Bryan Mayor Carrie Schlade and BPA member Karen Ford (on right) recently met with Congressman Bob Latta in Washington, D.C. to discuss federal issues that impact local electric bills (AMP Photo) Mayor Carrie Schlade and BMU representatives recently met with federal legislators in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues [...]

Cable TV Spring Sun Outage

Twice each year, in the spring and in the fall, cable companies, like BMU,experience a phenomenon known as “sun outages.” Basically a sun outage occurs when a satellite from which we receive TV programming becomes directly in line with the Sun, and interference from the Sun’s electromagnetic rays create reception [...]

Tips to prevent frozen water lines

While temperatures have been above normal so far, the forecast calls for temperatures cold enough to freeze unprotected water lines. The Bryan Water Department would like to encourage residents to take the following precautions: Protect exposed pipes from cold air drafts by closing and sealing windows and any exposed openings [...]

BMU/Ohio Gas Company offer 2018 Business Energy Update November 9

Bryan Municipal Utilities, the Ohio Gas Company, the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Williams County Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), will host a 2018 Energy Update session on November 9 for local business and industrial customers. “Many local organizations are preparing their 2018 budgets. Utilities are often significant parts [...]

OMEA Names Three Members to Honorary Board

(L-R) Jim Salsbury, Al Horn , Bryan Mayor - Doug Johnson The Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA) recently held its annual General Membership Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. During this meeting, OMEA members approved 10 new honorary members, three of whom were longtime City of Bryan municipal power advocates. [...]

Electric Bills to Decrease Under New Rate Plan

The first phase of a multiyear Bryan Municipal Utilities (BMU) electric rate plan is scheduled to take effect beginning with bills issued next week. For most local consumers, the plan will result in decreased electric bills. On August 15, the Bryan Board of Public Affairs approved the first step of [...]

Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant eligible for additional renewable energy credits

Working with Ohio Municipal Electric Association representatives, Bryan Municipal Utilities was successful in its efforts to include language in the recently adopted state budget bill that will help reduce local power supply costs.  Since 1996, Bryan Municipal Utilities has owned and operated the Auglaize Hydroelectric Plant, a 4,300-kilowatt hydroelectric generating [...]

BMU Welcomes New Director

Bryan Municipal Utilities would like to welcome Kevin M. Maynard as the Director of Utilities.  Kevin is a 1979 graduate of Stryker High School, and graduated with honors in 1981 from Northwest State Community College, Archbold, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electromechanical Engineering. He graduated magna cum [...]

Spring Hydrant Flushing

Bryan Municipal Water Department has begun its yearly spring water main flushing program. John Caperton(Pictured), water distribution supervisor, said the water crew will flush the main large trunk lines from the water treatment plant to the water towers first. Then, they will flush the smaller distribution lines starting on and [...]

BMU Recognized for Reliability

  Bryan Municipal Utilities has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2016. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (www.PublicPower.org), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. The Association helps members track outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability [...]

Employment Opportunity

Bryan Municipal Utilities is currently accepting applications for: Engineering Assistant Responsibilities include project management of engineering work in the design, costs, and inspection of municipal utilities projects to ensure conformity of rules and regulations. A preferred candidate will have experience in CAD. Engineering Assistant

BMU Lineworkers honored for achievements at AMP Lineworker Rodeo

Bryan Municipal Utilities lineworkers received several awards at the American Municipal Power Lineworkers Rodeo competition held Saturday, August 27, at AMP headquarters in Columbus. More than 40 lineworkers competed in the rodeo, which featured three levels of competition: team, individual and apprentice. The events were designed to replicate actual lineworker [...]

BMU director resigns; Board prepares to search for replacement

Bryan Municipal Utilities Director Brian Carlin informed the Board of Public Affairs at special meeting on Monday that he is resigning in August. Carlin, who has been director since 2013, said that he has accepted another position in private industry. “The decision to leave Bryan Municipal Utilities after 22 years [...]

BMU kicks off National Drinking Water Week

Bryan Municipal Utilities and the American Water Works Association kicked off National Drinking Water Week today by highlighting the theme “Your water – to know it is to love it.” Water professionals across North America are urging consumers to consider the value of their water service and the importance [...]

BMU receives national recognition for reliable electric operations

Bryan Municipal Utilities has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Director of Electric Transmission and Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on [...]

Water Department begins spring hydrant flushing

Bryan Municipal Water Department is beginning its spring water main flushing program next week. The water crew will flush the larger transmission mains (12- and 16-inch) first and then, flush the smaller distribution lines on the side streets. “To flush the lines, we flow the hydrants for about 10 minutes [...]

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