Council Approves $17 Million in Infrastructure Improvements


DECATUR-City council approved a 17 million dollar agreement to make improvements around town.

And for thousands that means getting a new water meter.

Council voted unanimously on an energy performance agreement with Johnson Controls. They've signed on for a 17 year plan that's supposed to lower the city's electric and gas bills, conserve water, and improve services.

Johnson controls did an audit of the city to see where Decatur could save money. The biggest chunk, roughly 21 million dollars, will come from replacing more than 22 thousand old water meters.

The current meters have to be inspected by a meter reader. The new ones will feed information directly to the central office.

Other improvements will include replacing lights and HVAC systems at the fire stations, the south water treatment plant, and the municipal services center.

The time span for those changes will be over the next two years. The project that will take the most time replacing these meters.  

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