Common Council members Tuesday debated financing a project to replace 5,800 water meters throughout the city and decided on $1.3 million in bonds.
The original resolution called for $1.5 million, and the final total -- $1.3 million -- was supported by four Council members.
Second Ward Councilman Kevin Muldowney rejected the financing in favor of the higher amount. The city is expected to receive a good interest rate, Muldowney said, and he anticipates that further work may be needed on the city's aging water-supply system.
The other Council members supported the lower amount for the project, which will include temporary help to install meters in city homes.
Councilman-at-large James Muscato said that the current meters may be defective and that losses of metered water are about 33 percent. He said the new meters should reduce the amount of lost water by about half.
Meters will be installed in two shifts so residents can be at home while the work is being done.
The Council handled one additional resolution, which was authorized. The school district was granted an easement to install a 30-foot-wide sanitary sewer line on Marauder Drive.