Citizen protest again delays meters
October 22, 2013, 7:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Twelve citizens denounced the purchase and installation of automated meters while speaking at Monday’s City Council meeting, prompting council members to once again table the item for further research and discussion.
The issue was discussed at length at the Aug. 5 council meeting and then tabled following citizen disapproval. On Monday, the $1.1 million project by Aqua Metric Sales Co. was questioned again on its cost, safety and health risks.
Llano resident Marion Bishop said the project’s cost was a major concern because the city is "already in a half a million dollar hole as it is,” and questioned the fact that the company tested so few existing meters.
"That data they (Aqua Metric Sales Co.) are presenting is bad from the get-go simply because the sample size is too small,” he said.
The company claims the automated meter system—deploying both water and electric—would increase reading accuracy, reduce costs and ultimately pay for itself in five to 10 years. The payment schedule would begin after the project is completed, and budgeted into the next fiscal year.Llano citizen Marc Sewell said he found a flawed test methodology in the existing meter tests and felt the annual costs were "grossly underestimated.”
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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