The village’s natural gas customers soon will receive new radio-read gas meters.
On Monday night, village trustees approved the purchase of 165 complete new gas meters equipped with radio reading capabilities and the purchase of 589 radio read heads that can be installed on newer gas meters already in service to convert them into radio-read meters.
The cost of the purchase is $49,200 from Underground Pipe and Valve Co. of South Bend, Ind.
The village is just completing the installation of radio-read water meters and already has the computer software to be able to radio read the gas meters when installed.
Trustee Dennis Barragree, chairman of the gas committee, questioned why this proposal never came before the gas committee for consideration.
"I would like the minutes to show that I have just heard about this proposal in the letter that the mayor has sent to all the trustees," Barragree said. "I question why the proposal never came before the gas committee."
Mayor Terry Prillaman was absent from Monday night’s meeting. Trustee Nancy Null was acting mayor pro-tem.
Null said the only answer she had was that the money for the meters had been appropriated in the new budget.
Trustees also approved a contract with Alvin Fence Co. for the installation of 200 feet of chain link fence along the east property line of the municipal building at a cost of $4,000.
Null said the existing fence is in poor condition and there are trees and brush in the fence line. Null also said the new fence would be installed on the property line. According to Null, some of the existing fence sits, in some places, 6½ feet from the property line on village property.
Village employees will remove all the tree, brush and existing fence before the new fence is installed.
In other board action, trustees gave permission to the Sons of the American Legion to solicit donations at the stoplight at the intersection of Attica and Chicago Streets from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Saturday. The village will require them to post signs and wear reflective attire for safety.
Rossville Village Board members will meet at 7 p.m. July 16 in the municipal building.