The possible installation of water meters in the city of Bovey will receive a public vetting next month.
At its regular council meeting last week, the Bovey City Council set a public hearing for March 19 at 6 p.m. to gather public input.
City Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Odden told the council last week that he was still in the process of gathering information on costs. Bonding has been discussed by the council as a possible mechanism for funding, although a final decision has yet to be made.
While some councilors reported hearing public concern about the cost of meter installation, Mayor Mike Bibich asserted that metering water usage would result in more equitable billing.
“Why should you pay for someone else’s water use?” questioned Bibich.
The city plans to distribute more information to residents about the meters through the March utility billing.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes from the Jan. 22 regular council meeting.
• Reviewed a draft parking ordinance. The city already has a parking ordinance in place, but is considering changed language - mostly related to winter parking in the city. A final ordinance will be presented to the council for approval at its Feb. 19 meeting.
• Approved a rifle purchase for city police.
• Approved expenditures related to Police Chief Bill Hollom attending the chief’s conference in Rochester in late March/early April.
• Approved the opening of sick leave bank accounts for two city employees.
• Approved membership in the Iron Range Economic Alliance. The annual cost is $50.
• Appointed Bob Tok to the city’s public utilities commission.