Published On: Fri, Dec 2nd, 2016

City gets update on radio-read project

Hartington — The Hartington City Council wrapped up the radio-read project Monday.

The project, which began in April, consisted of the installation of over 800 new water meters that can be digitally read by city employees.

The Council also approved a change order on the project Monday, which added an additional $8,671 to the cost. The final payment to Feilmeier Electric of $45,990 also gained Council approval.

The Council also gave its official approval to the project by signing a certificate of completion.

City Clerk Crystal Lenzen said the new digital-ready meters have generally gotten a good response from local residents.

“We got two types of responses,” she said. “Some people were happy it went to monthly billing and that they didn’t have to worry about reading the meter anymore. Some people were not happy because they had to come in monthly to pay the bill.”

Lenzen said she has been telling customers they can avoid having to write a monthly check and drop it off at the City Office, if they sign up to have the payment automatically taken out of a bank account.

She also noted the city now has the ability to email utility bills out to people if they so choose. Only a handful of people have decided to take this option, so far, she said.

In other action Monday, the Council reappointed Dan Kathol to another five-year term on the Community Redevelopment Authority Board. The Board was created in 2010.