Jul 21, 2013

Garrison proposes more expensive water meters

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – The City of Greenville is moving forward with its plans to install new water meters throughout the city. Curt Garrison, safety/service director, informed council at its July 16 meeting the bids have been received.

Garrison noted the city has received two bids on water meters. The bid from Sensus came in at $1.979 million and an alternate bid from the company was $1.982 million. A bid from Utility Sales was $1.906 million. Garrison and Gary Evans, water department manager, proposed accepting the alternate bid from Sensus. He believes it is the best system for Greenville. “I hope if I don’t hear any comments from you (council members) you would be in agreement,” said Garrison. He plans to have legislation prepared for the next council meeting.

The city originally planned to purchase and install the water meters in phases, but according to Garrison, the plans have changed because of the availability of funds and the administration would like to complete the project this year.

Roxanne Willman, city auditor, shared with council her plans to add a Greenville Senior High School student to her staff as a co-op student. If approved by council, the student would work four hours a day, Monday through Thursday and would help with filing, working the counter and answering the phone. The student would be paid minimum wage. The cost for the remainder of the year would be $2,481.86. The position could be paid for with funds from the Bureau of Workers Compensation refund received this year.

After discussing the issue with David Peltz, of Greenville City Schools, she believes the district has several good candidates to fill the position. If approved by council, Willman expects to add the position by later August.

Council also heard from Anne Vehre, of the Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition. Vehre asked council to consider an ordinance banning injection wells inside the city limits. The issue was sent to the Miscellaneous & Priority Affairs Committee for consideration.

In other business, council:

* approved an ordinance ratifying the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by and between the city and the Greenville Patrol Officers’ Association;

* approved a resolution authorizing the safety/service director to submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission state Capital Improvement and/or local Transportation Improvement programs; and

* approved an ordinance to suspend enforcement of Home Sales Permits for the World’s Longest Yard Sale;

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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