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Sherman considers new water meters

March 17, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Residents of Sherman Village may begin seeing smart water meters with remote read capability in their homes in the near future, village trustees learned at their meeting on March 2.

Kamstrup Water Metering representative Ed Rodriguez provided village trustees with information on electronic water meters for household consumption. He noted that with an android cell phone or tablet, a worker can read all the meters in a very short time.

Rodriguez displayed a flowIQ meter which he said uses the latest radio technology, including built-in wireless data communication. The built-in radio can be configured for both drive-by meter reading and reading in fixed networks, Rodriguez added.

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Ed Rodriguez, a representative of KamStrup Water Metering, demonstrates a new electronic meter to the Sherman Village Board of Trustees at their March 2 meeting.

"Kamstrup is a Danish-owned company whose meters are found around the world. The company launched the first radio network meter reading system 15 years ago," Rodriguez said.

The meters are made of an indestructible composite material, have no moving parts, have no condensation on the glass surface, and maintain accuracy for the life of the meter he said. "It will never under-register," he said.

Village Mayor John Patterson inquired about start-up costs for the new water metering system. Rodriguez said twenty new meters with data storage and company-provided interface and support would cost the village $4,400. Additional meters cost $130-$135 each, he said.

Patterson estimated that it would cost the village $41,000 to change the entire village over to the new meters, which would have to be done during a several-year period. He said it would be necessary to further discuss the matter with water department supervisor Jay Irwin and village clerk Ann Gilbert.

In other business, Patterson told the board that dissolution study committee member selection was needed. Trustees Reyda, Higginbothom, and Fisher nominated the following people to serve on the committee: Teresa Guzman, Joel Fisher, Matt Oehlbeck, Todd Cole, Jim Higgenbothom, Mark Persons, Bob Crane, Tim Sears, Shelly Williams, Doug Crane and Ann Gilbert.

These people are a fair representation of the village and town, Patterson said. Their role will be to help obtain information and, when needed, come up with a plan.

Gilbert said that she would contact the consulting organization CGR and inform them that a committee has been created.

The board also approved a resolution to adopt a local law resolution regarding the Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Program which is required by Chautauqua County. Prior to the vote, the board held a required public meeting on the matter.

Town clerk Ann Gilbert told village trustees that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation grant application was submitted on Monday morning.

Gilbert said that Code Enforcement officer Jeff Messenger has brought some issues to her attention and she wanted the board to be aware of them. A motor home parked on Kipp Street that is being used as a residence is of particular concern she said.

Gilbert told trustees that the necessary changes have been made to the paper work for the fire hall deed. This will be refilled this week, she said.

Patterson and Gilbert suggested that village trustees adopt a new Payroll Policy pertaining to periods when there is a Monday holiday. Gilbert explained that when a Monday is a legal holiday, she needs time sheets to be turned on Friday. If employees must work over the weekend, the hours will go towards the following pay period.

Village trustees passed the new payroll policy stating: "Time sheets are to be turned in on Monday following end of week unless a holiday falls on that Monday. Then time sheets are to be turned in on the last Friday of the pay period."



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