The City of California Board of Aldermen approved the request of Moniteau Christian Ministries Center (MCMC) to host a 5K Walk / Run benefit Saturday, June 21. The event will start at 8 a.m. and will use the same route as the Ozark Ham and Turkey 5K event.
A presentation was made before the council for a possible electronic data collection system for water and electric meter readings by Dan Cothern and Christopher Herndon. Their recommendation was the ITRON system.
There are several systems available, however, most would require the electric meter reading and water meter reading have separate software and hardware. The ITRON system apparently gets around that problem, although some modifications would have to be made for both the water meters and the electric meters. An electronic reader system would reduce the number of estimated meter readings because the meters could be read through snow cover. The trespass problems involving fences and dogs would also be reduced. The meters would be read, then billed within a few days, reducing the time lag in the billing period.
No firm cost numbers are available at this time for the conversion, although a figure of more than $500,000 was presented as a possibility. The council plans to continue the discussions and consider the installation, possibly considering it for the next budget period.
The council set Monday, June 23, as the date to meet for the purpose of interviewing engineering firm candidates, prior to making a decision on the selection of an engineering company for the work of the city.
Boonslick Industries, Inc., the recycling center which places the collection trailer and dumpsters on the dead-end part of South High Street behind the California City Hall, informed the City that it will bill the city $60 a month for the service. The cardboard and other items are picked up twice a week. After discussion, with the information of how much the containers are used, the council decided that the value of the service is worth the money. The cardboard and paper materials sent for recycling reduces the amount of trash the city must pick up and transport to the landfill.
The next regular monthly meeting is Monday, July 7, at the city hall.