MINER -- The city of Miner will begin replacing water meters and try out a chemical pump.
During the regular monthly Board of Aldermen meeting, Brian Livingston, chief water operator, advised board members that the city's water system needs to replace four chemical feed pumps.
"We might be using more or less chemicals that we need sometimes," Livingston said.
Livingston provided the Board with bids on analog LMI pumps and digital parastolic pumps, which cost about $500 more.
A parastolic pump "is going to be more consistent," he said.
Board members agreed that the parastolic pumps could end up saving the city money in the long run on chemicals and electricity.
After discussing options, the Board decided to accept an offer from the vendor offering the parastolic pumps to try one for 30 days.
Board members also approved the purchase of 25 manual-read Rockwell/Sensus water meters at $35.80 each.
During a previous meeting, Mitch Thompson, mayor, noted the city processed 96 million gallons of water but only billed for about 36 million gallons.
Deloris Smith, board member, asked if it is possible they have a water leak like the one discovered by the city of Chaffee in their water system.
"If we had that big of a leak, somebody's house would be sinking," Livingston said. "That's a lot of water."
Smith said the leak could be draining into the city's sewer system, however.
Livingston agreed to make contact with the Chaffee's water officials and get more information on how they discovered their leak. "Maybe I'm not looking in the right spot," he said.
"But I do believe we need to look into replacing some water meters, too," Thompson said.
In discussing which brand of water meter to get, Livingston said the city now has a mix of water meters as in the past the city bought "whatever was cheapest at the time."
He said he prefers Rockwell meters as there is a local distributor and the company buys back used meters to refurbish.
Kim Foster, board member, said the city needs to establish a long-term plan for replacing water meters.
Board members agreed to begin replacing a number of meters each month.
In other business Tuesday:
* The low bid of $10,543 from Voice Products for a voice recorder for the city's dispatching was accepted by the Board.
The bid includes hardware, software, installation, training and a one-year warranty.
The system will record the city's police and fire radio channels and phone lines.
Bids were also received from Word Systems, which bid their system at $13,304, and NICE Systems, which offered theirs at $19,955.
* Board members accepted the low bid of $1,500 from Rick James to paint the city's new brush fire truck red.
Also bidding was Chris Shanle who offered to paint the vehicle for $1,600.
The brush truck, which came with a camouflage paint scheme, was given to the city by the Conservation Department.
* The Board accepted a renewal offer of $29,380 for the city's liability insurance from St. Paul/Travelers.
The annual premium is $25 lower than this year's, according to Janet Tuttle, city clerk.
* Board members approved a towing agreement which raises rates $5 to $10 for each of the various services listed in the previous agreement.
The rate schedule, which will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2009, is the same one used by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, according to Police Chief Roger Moore.
Towing companies that enter the contract will be rotated monthly, Moore said.