MOUNT VERNON — What was expected to take 8-10 years is now believed to be accomplished in fewer than three years — and maybe sooner with use of multi-seasonal workers, according to Mathias Orndorf, Mount Vernon utilities director.
In recent conversations, Orndorf said it would take upwards of 10 years to update the city’s water meters, but utilization of seasonal workers will place the city at over 50 percent replacement by the end of the summer. With this accomplishment, he said the city could move forward with implementing a flex net system that places antennas around the city that would automatically read water usage at timed intervals. Not only would this create an accurate monthly billing based on usage, it would allow at least office personnel to look up accounts with relatively real-time usage information.
“It’s a game changer, I believe,” said Mayor Richard Mavis, who added he has been working with City Auditor Terry Scott to determine how to finance about $1 million to replace the remaining 3,600-3,700 meters.