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Girard council overrides mayor's veto, OKing remote meters

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


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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