Girard council approves $1.5M for water meters, mayor says he will veto the plan

GIRARD — Legislation to install new water meters throughout the city is on its way to approval, but it will likely have to overcome a mayoral veto.

With one member absent, council passed an ordinance for the installation of radio-frequency water meters during a special meeting tonight at the Girard Justice Center.

Council members approved the $1.53 million purchase price for the meters with a 5-to-1 vote, but Mayor James Melfi said he will veto the legislation once it reaches his desk.

“I just don’t think we should be doing something like this six months out from fiscal emergency,” Melfi said. “We just finally got some breathing room.”

The mayor believes the city should wait until the Girard Lakes are paid off before the city purchases new meters.

He said the city pays $242,000 a year for the lakes, and council should hold off on the meter purchase until the total debt is paid off in 2015.

Melfi has 10 days to veto the ordinance. After his decision, council must wait 10 days before it can meet and override his veto. Lawmakers can do so with five of seven votes.

Council must approve the decision by Jan. 13 or the water-meter bid from Neptune will expire.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator and

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