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3/15/2013 3:09:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
St. Francisville looking to upgrade water meter system
ST. FRANCISVILLE - With the new fiscal year just around the corner, the St. Francisville City Council, during its monthly meeting Wednesday, discussed things that could, and should, be done to improve the community.

Looking to upgrade its method of reading water meters, the St. Francisville City Council discussed going to a "drive-by" meter reading system.

"We're trying to get remote meters, so we can read them without actually having to open the meter and physically read them," said mayor Stan Williams.

The first step is to talk to a few communities who have the system to find out the pros and cons of the upgrade. City officials will also talk to a couple of water meter companies to get an idea as to what such an upgrade will cost.

There are about 285 water meters in St. Francisville.

Councilman Francis "Speed" Moody also  brought up the need for an emergency water line into the city in the event the St. Francisville water system ever goes down for a long period of time.

Moody said St. Francisville, with a minimum of valves and lines, could get water from the Bridgeport water plant, through South Lawrence Water Corporation transmission lines.

Looking forward, Williams said the city needs to continue to take care of the Cannonball Toll Bridge and the infrastructure with the water system.

The council did approve its appropriation ordinance of $842,200. The largest among of the five categories where the city obligated its resources was in the water and sewer fund where $337,700 was appropriated.

A total of of $317,300 was appropriated for the Cannonball Bridge fund. There was $150,500 delegated to the general purpose fund, $19,200 to motor fuel tax, and $17,500 to the cemetery and farm fund.


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