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June 1, 2013

BC gets $133K grant for water meter project

BRIDGE CITY — A sizable grant will help ease the overall cost of a big water meter replacement project in Bridge City.

City officials approved a recommendation on utilizing a Community Development Block Grant worth $133,496.70 at the most recent city council meeting in Bridge City. The grant, administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, has already been put to use.

“We used the funds from the grant to cover the costs of a water line the city had to replace and to purchase meters and electronics that are needed,” said Jerry Jones, city manager. “The grant basically buys that part of the project.”

Mayor Kirk Roccaforte said the grant had to be used in a qualifying area of the city, typically a low-to-moderate income area. He also said the project is moving along quite well.

“We are currently on schedule with the project,” said Mayor Kirk Roccaforte. “The new computers and parts and the system are all going together at the same time, and some of it is already operational.”

Jones concurred.

“A large portion of it is actually working now,” Jones added. “The whole project called for the replacement of approximately 4,200 meters, which is every water meter in the city, and we have about 1,300 remaining to be replaced with new meters.

“The new meters do everything for us,” Jones continued. “We can read the meters right here from City Hall. The software will even tell us if and when there is a leak. We can even give someone a final bill immediately, when they come in.”

In other council news, city council reorganized following the oath of office recitation by re-elected councilmembers Kevin Mott, Robert Simonton Jr. and Richard Savoy. Savoy was chosen to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem, a position previously held by Eric Andrus.

Council also appointed a committee to represent the City of Bridge City in contract negotiations with the Bridge City Police Association. Committee members include Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, City Manager Jerry Jones and councilmembers Robert Simonton Jr. and Danny Cole.

Kevin Mott will represent the city as part of the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Executive Committee.

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