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All Roberts homes and businesses have their water meters replaced from August 22nd to 26th

Will Brumreeve

ROBERTS — A letter was sent to all homes and businesses in Roberts Village this week with details of the upcoming replacement of water meters.

The letter, signed by Village Clerk Sara Waterson, says the work will be done by Dye Plumbing in Paris, Illinois during the week of Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th. Work every day of the week to complete the project in the shortest time possible.

“They will work from 6am to 4pm that week,” the letter read.

Installations will take place in different areas of town on different days, including Main Street, Cemetery Road, Oak Street, Hickory Street, and Sunset Drive on Monday, August 22nd. Green, Locust and Adda Street on Tuesday 23rd August. Illinois 54/115 and South, Weber, Hall, Dirks, Walnut, East Maple Street on Wednesday, August 24. Weldon, Melvin, West Maple Street on Thursday, August 25th. and properties that need to be rescheduled for Friday, August 26th.

“The plumbing company will not ‘zig-zag’ around town to slow down the progress of the project,” the letter read. “Therefore, we try to enforce it as street by street as possible. Please make every effort to stay home on your allotted street day or ask family, friends, neighbors, etc. to be the plumbers.”

“The estimated time to complete the installation per house is about 15 minutes. If anything blocking the meter area has to be moved, $100 will be charged by Dye Plumbing at the water customer’s own expense and will be confiscated.”

The letter states that residents or businesses who “have scheduling problems that can be solved by using different days of the week in the same week” or “need a certain amount of time to accommodate (their) working days” , call Waterson at 217-369-8184. Resolve conflicts and other concerns. ”

“If you absolutely cannot secure a 15-minute window for an upgrade, you can schedule your own appointment with Dye Plumbing, the contract plumber for this project, but unfortunately at your own expense,” the letter said. says.

Each home and business will have to install a new meter to ensure usage and billing accuracy, and “failure to do so may result in disruption of service,” the letter said.

A village board member or village staff member is on site at each facility, according to the letter.

“Thank you for being flexible and patient with your board and installer during this time,” the letter read.

The village board voted in April to accept a $49,864 bid from Edinburg-based Midwest Meter to replace all of the town’s 175 water meters. Midwest Meter’s bid included a five-year payoff option and total financing of $56,286. The board agreed to her five-year payoff plan, with the first of the village’s annual installments due next April.

Funds to pay off the project will be generated through a water rate increase approved by the board in April. The $9 increase in base monthly water bill (from $40 to $49) went into effect on May 1st.

A fully functioning water meter should also bring in additional income to help finance the project. The Illinois Rural Water Association estimates that Roberts is losing $17,877 a year to inaccurate and inoperable water meters, and once the project is complete, he will be able to actually collect water bills every month. is expected.