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The project to install new electric meters throughout the city of Seymour nearly is complete.

As part of the city’s $500,000 project to bring Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to electric and water services City Administrator Hillary Gintz said that as of earlier this month, 810 new electric meters had been installed by city crews.

“There are very few of them left to install,” Gintz said of the electric meters.

The project to install the AMI electric meters began early this spring.

With the new meters, usage readings can be completed from Seymour City Hall, eliminating the need for the city’s work crews to manually read the meters each month.

Gintz said at the regular meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, Aug. 10, that coming next is the installation of AMI water meters.

“That project is schedule to start next month,” she said.

“Right now, we’re just waiting on parts to get started.”

Also at the last meeting of the city aldermen, Gintz gave updates on several issues and projects.

She mentioned a conversation earlier this month with Drew Cannon, a field representative for U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents Seymour in the 4th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

They spoke about the $370,000 that the city of Seymour will receive in this year’s round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Stimulus (C.A.R.E.S.) Act funding.

“(Cannon) advised the city waiting at least a couple of months before spending that money on our sewers, which is how it was budgeted,” Gintz told the aldermen. “The reason for that is because Drew believes that more money for infrastructure is coming to small cities from federal funding, so that original $370,000 could be used for other needs.”

Gintz talked about two Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) grants the city recently received.

One was for ticket printers for police vehicles.

The grant amount was $4,120.

The other was for digital speed signs in the amount of $5,000. The grant funds two signs.

The aldermen made a few amendments to the 2021-22 city budget — a budget year that runs from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

First was that $15,000 was added for tree trimming in the electric department.

Second was $13,000 to $15,000 added for engineering for the upcoming improvements to the city’s sewer network.

Last was $23,000 was added to purchase new transformers in the electric department.

“Those transformers are needed because of the very high rate of building growth in the city,” Gintz noted. “In a way, it’s a good problem to have.”

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