Lepanto council talks new security system for water department

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Lepanto City Council approved purchasing a new security/alarm system for the Water Department Tuesday night. Mayor Dale Dunlap told the council that the system was needed after they had problems with the current system.

Installation of the new system is $5,000, but the mayor said it does a lot more than the current system does, and after installation it will be $300 a year, which is what the city is paying now.

City Clerk Tamara Wright said the new system will notify police and the water superintendent of any problems through their cell phones. In addition to monitoring water pressure, it will monitor lift stations and the water level in the reservoir. And the system can be checked by computer anytime to make sure everything is working properly.

Wyatt said the reservoir level was a big issue recently because their current security system failed to notify them there was no water in the reservoir. "That system failed and did not alert us," Wyatt said. "If we had known and got water in the reservoir, we would never have had to do a boil order."

Mayor Dunlap said the current alert system's company told him the problem had been with the phone system. "Right now, if the phone is out down there, it doesn't notify us," he said.

According to Wyatt, there is money in the Depreciation Fund to pay for the new system. The council approved the purchase unanimously.

In other business, Mayor Dunlap said he had been approached by a lady wanting to use the old daycare building as an activity center for kids ages 5-10 for three months in the summer. The council approved renting the building to her at $200 a month, and a contract will be written up.

Mayor Dunlap also informed the council that the city is having truck problems, so he is looking at used trucks at the moment.

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