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Council eyes automated meter reading system
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TRINITY – Although taking no formal action on the plan, the Trinity City Council has agreed to study a proposal to install an automated water meter reading system. During their meeting last week, City Manager Buddy Drake outlined a system that would speed up the meter reading process and all but eliminate the need to estimate water usage. He noted that when he served as city manager in Atlanta, Texas, the city installed a similar system which increased water revenue by 26 percent. He noted that under the plan, all of the old meters would be replaced and the new ones would be equipped with a radio transmitter. “The meter reader would drive down the street and the information would be transmitted directly into a laptop computer in the vehicle. The reader would not have to get out of the vehicle and would not have to try and get into a back yard that may or may not have a dog guarding it,” Drake said. He noted that water meters are not meant to last forever and the older they get, the less accurate they are in terms of measuring the flow of water. “That’s where we’ll get the biggest boost in income. The new meters will give us a more accurate reading,” he said. Under the study approved by the council, Drake said city crews will begin locating all existing meters. “We’re going to begin Jan 25th or 26th in Trinity Cove and then work our way into the city in early February,” he said, noting that local residents should be on the lookout for the crews and understand what they are doing. The study will determine how much it will cost to install the radio system and replace existing meters. Once that information is gathered, it will be presented to the city council for review. In other business during last week’s council meeting, Drake was asked to get cost estimates on replacing the roof on the old city jail located off Railroad Street. The old jail was abandoned by the city in about 1975 when the current city complex was built at Madison and Elm streets. The roof on the old structure has collapsed and the council asked Drake to find out how much it would cost to replace.