City awarded lagoon work grant

By Russell Hood

The Webster Progress-Times


The Eupora Board of Aldermen addressed various Water/Wastewater Department matters during recent meetings.

State Rep. Joey Hood was at a special called meeting on Oct. 2 to inform the mayor and board that the city has received a $450,00 Community Development Block Grant for lagoon stabilization.

Minutes of that meeting also reflect that, after much discussion, the board approved the purchase of 1,400 radio-read water meters from Empire Pipe and Supply with a five-year finance plan at $155 a meter.

However, purchase of the meters was back on the agenda at Monday night’s regular monthly meeting. Mayor Dan Burchfield said Empire could only supply 525 of the meters at this time.

Upon his recommendation, the board voted to pay cash out of Water Department reserves for the purchase and installation of 525 radio-read water meters. The city will buy them from Empire for $155 each, and Aaron Burgess is to install the meters for $10 each by Jan. 1 and will be allowed to keep the old meters.

This is a continuation of a contract previously approved with Burgess to install meters in Bellefontaine and Walthall. The additional meters will be installed in the LaGrange area and about 20 percent of Eupora, according to Burchfield.

In other Water Department matters Monday, the board voted to:

• increase the cost for bulk water sales from $5 per thousand gallons to $15 for that amount.

• increase all new water security deposits for customers in Eupora only from $50 to $100 and set up a separate bank account for customer deposits only. Deposits will remain at $50 for the Walthall, Bellefontaine and LaGrange systems.

• authorize the city clerk to pay the Water/Sewer Fund $1,000 each October from the General Fund for service of collecting garbage fees.