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Girard council overrides mayor's veto, OKing remote meters

Published: Wed, January 2, 2013 @ 10:05 p.m.


City council voted to override a mayoral veto during a special meeting Wednesday night.

Council voted 6-1 to install remote radio frequency water meters throughout the city, after Mayor Jim Melfi vetoed legislation approved Dec. 11 with a 5-1 vote.

Melfi vetoed the $1.53 million investment, citing the city’s release from fiscal oversight in June. He pointed to the $242,000 a year the city must pay for Girard Lakes. Girard purchased the lakes in 1995, and will have doled out $4.9 million by the time they are paid off in 2015. Melfi, who was elected five years after the lakes’ purchase, believes the money going toward the lakes can be redirected toward the water-meter project then.

Councilman Larry Steiner, D-2nd, cast the only dissenting vote, siding with the mayor’s reasoning.

Melfi has stated that he will not raise water rates if the water meters are more expensive that anticipated.

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1papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

this is ridiculous. we finally get the city in the black and these clowns start counting chickens before their hatched. mayor melfi is correct. this is not something that can't wait two or three years. instead of borrowing one and one half million dollars to pay for a new toy why don't they start fixing some of the infrastructure in town. some streets are in terrible condition. their are water pressure problems all over the city (it's no wonder people don't want to pay their water bills). i've actually been told that if they increased the pressure some ancient water lines would crumble! i put a call in to my councilman and he didn't have the courtesy to call me back. this council would fit in perfectly with the republican side of the aisle in congress.

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