Monticello City Council has approved a resolution authorizing the
utility commission to borrow $850,000 for a water meter project.
The council approved the loan, which will be funded through the
Kentucky Rural Water Corporation, during a meeting held Monday
evening. The loan was discussed by the council during its meeting
last month, but council members wanted to take a look at the
paperwork before making a final decision.
The loan will be used to replace aging meters in the county with new
ones that can be read by utilizing cell towers and new technology. A
total of 2,200 meters will be replaced with the funding. This also
includes the construction of towers that can transmit data, computer
software and employee training for the project.
Council members had several questions about the loan and Monticello
Utility Commission Manager Scott Upchurch was involved in the
discussion during Monday's meeting. Upchurch stated that the MUC is
currently replacing approximately 160 old meters each month, at a
cost of approximately $10,000.
By financing the entire project, that payment will be lowered to
around $8,800 per month, according to Upchurch. He said the interest
rate on the loan will be approximately 3.6 to 3.7 percent and will be
for a 10-year term.
The MUC decided to move ahead with the Advanced Metering
Infrastructure (AMI) project, after the recent retirement of one of
their employees who read meters for the water company. Upchurch has
stated that with this new system there would be no reason to replace
the employee with a full-time person which will save the MUC in
salary and benefits.
Before taking action on the resolution, members of the council asked
Upchurch about revenue available to pay for this project. He stated
that the MUC's revenue is sufficient to pay for the water meter
The council voted in favor of the resolution by a 5-1 vote. Council
member Knox Bertram voted against the action.
During the June meeting, the council approved a grant application
for $250,000 in CDBG funding to replace meters for residents in the
Also during the meeting, the council approved the second reading of
an amendment to their public nuisance ordinance. The amendment is the
result of several months of discussion, as city leaders have worked
to improve the ordinance the city had approved several years ago.
The ordinance states that any resident who has a complaint regarding
a violation of the ordinance should contact city officials to provide
information about the address and the problem. From there, the
complaint will be investigated and the person will be contacted
regarding the result.
The ordinance defines the action that is taken in the case of
violations of the public nuisance ordinance. It also sets up
penalties and fines that will be levied in the cases.
Mayor Tracie Sexton noted that she had received some calls regarding
the removal of the section on noise from the ordinance. There were
concerns from city residents who had filed complaints last year about
barking dogs at the animal shelter.
In addition, all the council members indicated they had received
fireworks complaints this year. Sexton suggested the council come up
with a separate ordinance to deal with fireworks prior to next July 4.
Also during the meeting, the council approved the appointment of
Nancy Abbott to the Monticello Housing Authority.