FRONTENAC — Water issues dominated discussion during a Tuesday night city council meeting.
City staffers told the council the city is in need of a master turbine-type water meter and a replacement recirculation pump at the city sewage lagoons. City Clerk Monica Kellogg said the master water meter records gallons of water per minute being pumped by the high service pump to the Frontenac water tower.
"This meter is necessary to accurately complete the city’s daily, monthly and yearly reports," Kellogg said.
A quote for the cost of the meter came in at $5,492, which includes installation.
The council approved making the purchase on the recommendation of staff..
"The city has budgeted $10,000 for miscellaneous equipment in the water fund and is more than sufficient to proceed with this process," she said.
Gary Cignetti, with the city's public works department, presented two options. One option would cover rebuilding the currently used pump at a cost of about $5,000.
The other option was to purchase a new pump for $5,822 plus freight. The council approved moving forward with purchasing a new pump. Kellogg said the city has $10,000 budgeted for miscellaneous equipment in the sewer fund.
In other business dealing with Frontenac's public works department, Paul Gerwert said the department's dump truck is in need of a new bed and frame. A bid for the repairs came in at $14,712 while only a total of $10,000 is budgeted for the year in the water and sewer funds.
The council decided to revisit the dump truck repairs in the spring, Kellogg said.
Brian Cussimanio, the city's new public works director, attended the meeting to be available to give greater detail to the department's issues.