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Woodville City Council approves automatic meter read system

by Tina S. Richards

The City of Woodville held their monthly meeting August 13 at City Hall. Council had a full agenda for the evening including budgets and scheduling issues, but the highlight of the meeting was approval of a new automatic meter read system.

McKinstry, Inc., the company seeking a performance contract with the City, presented to Council their final proposal for consideration. Council voted unanimous approval for McKinstry to install an automatic meter read system. They also approved a resolution concerning a financial agreement to pay for the project.

These days, when "over-budget" or "unforeseen costs" are the common buzz words for development projects, McKinstry delivered exceptional news to the Council. Instead of the $2.5 million that the city originally approved, the final cost will be a guaranteed $1.856 million, financed through a 15 year loan at 3.39 percent. The McKinstry representative commended the city on its excellent financial status and noted they had received a .5 percent discount on their interest rate. The new meters will not only save time and money for the city but they will be considerably more efficient. Council learned that the current meters in use, tested out to have an approximate 78 percent read accuracy rate. The new meters, with their 20 year warranties, will significantly improve upon read accuracy with a projected 95-98 percent read accuracy rate. In conjunction with the all new water meters, current gas meters will be retro-fitted with new attachments to improve upon their performance. The official start and end dates are under consideration and will be announced at a future date.

Other business included approval of the Tyler County Appraisal District's 2013 budget. The budget included the first salary increases in five years for the Appraisal District's employees. A detail budget report can be viewed at the city secretary's office or contact the Appraisal District office.

City Administer Mandy Risinger reminded the council that city offices would be closed for Labor Day Monday September 3. Due to a conflict with the upcoming Columbus Day and Veterans Day holidays Council also approved the moving of their October meeting from Monday October 8 to Tuesday October 9 and their November meeting from Monday November 12 to Tuesday November 13,. Each meeting will convene at the usual 6 p.m. time.

Police Chief Scott Yosko reported the department is reviewing current applications, which were already on file, to fill the position that John Fuller will leave vacant at the end of this month. Yosko noted that they had narrowed the search down to three applicants and hoped to have that position filled shortly.

There was a brief presentation by Entergy's Mic Cowart concerning ways that ENTERGY is trying to enhance their customer's experience through online accounts and outage notification services. With the current hurricane season in full force the power outage notification system might interest current customers. Information can be found online @ entergy.com or call ENTERGY Customer Service @ 1-800-368-3749.