Kirksville City Council divided on replacing water meter systems

Oct 4, 2012

Kirksville residents may see some changes with water meters in the near future. The Kirksville City Council met on Monday to talk about replacing aging water meter systems.

There are about 7,000 old water meters in Kirksville. A Columbia contractor says replacing all of those meters would cost approximately $3.8 million, but would save the city $2500,000 annually. Council members are split on whether to go through with the project. City Council member Jerry Mills says he wants to see if there are costs that could be cut.

“I just think it’s a lot of money, and the cost of having to raise everyone’s water bill every year for so many years, it’s something that I would like to try to avoid it if we can," Mills says.

The project would be funded by a 10-year payment plan from the city and a 3.5 percent increase annually in water rates for users. City Council member Bob Russell says Kirksville may not see the savings from the project for 10 to 15 years. Russell also says the Council will meet within the next