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LCBPU considering radio-read meters

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:15 am

The Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities is considering going with automatic radio-read meters, a move that would save the system substantially in labor costs.

In discussion during the board’s April meeting, officials talked about the possibility of purchasing 4,500 used meters from a Maryland utility district, which is currently offering them for sale at $35 each and whether such a purchase would need to be put out for public bid.

The price would be a great savings from the cost of new meters, said Ronnie Braden, system superintendent, adding, too, the meters could save LCBPU significantly when it comes to labor costs. The proposal is expected to be presented to the County Budget Committee with LCBPU’s 2013-14 budget.