JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council recently approved a nearly $600,000 contract with a Latham firm that allows the city Water Department to purchase remote-read water meters.
The council voted at City Hall on Monday to approve a $597,930 contract with Anjo Construction LTD for the purchase of the meters. Mayor Sarah Slingerland was authorized to execute the contract.
"The Water Board has done a great deal of research and they feel this is a way for them to be much more efficient," Slingerland said.
Slingerland said this purchase represents an "investment" for the future for the Water Department.
Contract approval culminates a roughly two-year process in which the department had been interviewing many firms and eventually went out to bid to make the meters purchase, department Clerk Cinda Spraker said Tuesday.
Spraker said the Water Board hired C.T. Male Associates to coordinate implementation of the new remote-read meters program.
The Water Department opened sealed bids for the purchase of remote-read meters June 25. The meters can be read remotely by a device outside of the residence, such as in a truck. Two bids were received - the Anjo Construction bid of $597,930 and a higher $637,611 bid from East National Water LLC. of Palmer, Mass.
Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss said the $597,930 cost for the meters will be taken from the Water Board's budget, and not the city budget.
Slingerland noted that the only reason why the council had to give its approval was because it was a contractual matter. Otherwise, the entire project and cost is being done through the Water Board.
Gloversville's new similar automated meter-reading project, which replaced its 30-year-old system, cost about $1.2 million and the city began installing them in October 2011.
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