Mt. Sterling moving water meters outside

(Posted May 26, 2016)

By Amanda Amsel, Staff Writer

At the May 23 Mount Sterling council meeting, John Martin, village administrator, announced the village will be moving all residential water meters from inside homes to outside to reduce labor costs associated with reading the meters.

“When the meters are inside the home, it is very labor intensive and hard to get into people’s homes to read them,” he said. “By having the meters outside the homes, we can better serve our customers and more accurately read the meters.”

Martin said moving the meters could reduce residents’ water bills.

“We will be able to get a more accurate meter reading which is a benefit to the village and residents,” he said.

The project is scheduled for completion by this fall.

Martin also reported that the village will erect speed limit signs at the village limits. Excessive speed is an ongoing issue with motorists driving through town. They need to be aware the speed limit lowers dramatically inside village limits, he said.

The village is looking into ways to invest unencumbered general fund money.

“We have extra money that we want to invest short term,” said Mayor Lowell Anderson. “Some banks want to control this money, but we want to invest it short term.”

Council members also talked about the upcoming Community Days Festival, set for June 9-11 at Veterans Field and the Mount Sterling Community Center. They encourage residents to participate in the parade, slated for June 11.

“There is going to be a pirate ship float, which we are thrilled about,” said Rebecca Burns, council member. “We hope others will continue to get involved in this parade and give us their input. We want to have the best parade and festival possible and would love to hear from village residents.”

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