Shepherd begins meter replacement process
By Tony Farkas
SHEPHERD — The Shepherd City Council tended to all the details to start the process of replacing all water meters with automatic read meters at its regular meeting on June 13. City Secretary Debra Hagler said the replacement has not started since the meters are backordered, and it could be up to 6 months before meters start hitting the ground.
The council approved a purchasing agreement through The Interlocal Purchasing System, approved a contract with Bee Engineering to report on estimated revenue benefits, contracted with AMI Water Meters and approved a lease-purchase agreement with First Security Finance.
Hagler said the benefit to city will be more accurate readings, which is guaranteed for 20 years; based on that, it will increase revenues for the city. She also said the public will benefit as there will be an app to monitor daily usage.
The city also will catch leaks quicker, and since the meters are read automatically, it will free up manhours for Public Works personnel since they won’t be tasked with reading meters.
The city has no plans to raise rates, as AMI has guaranteed that the increased revenue will pay for the meters, Hagler said
In other business, the council:
• approved a division of property on Finger and Seal streets for Mike Rose, making six sections out of three;
• tabled a lot split request for Nahum Soto for more information;
• tabled a discussion regarding RV parks as the concerned party was not there;
• tabled action on roadside trees as the concerned party was not there;
• amended an RV ordinance based on recommendations from engineers; and
• approved sending letters to property owners regarding two structures that have been deemed unsafe and substandard.