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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Town greenlights remote read meters

Town of Tunica aldermen accepted the bid of Southern Pipe & Supply on May 3 for a new system of remote read meters that promises to streamline municipal water billing. The town now moves to the next phase of seeking proposals for installation of the system.

Town officials began discussions about automated meter reading nearly a decade ago, as other municipalities began using the new technology.

“The best advantage ... is taking out human error in transposing numbers, as well as misreads such as leaving out a digit, on the meter readings,” Tunica mayor Chuck Cariker said this week. “This will save the town a tremendous amount of man hours.

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Co. must replace floodplain manager


County officials couldn’t have foreseen in early March that a vacancy in the planning department would negatively impact its potential to receive funding from the state to solve an ongoing flooding problem along Verner Road.

But county leaders learned at a meeting with state emergency management officials this week that being “out of compliance” could jeopardize that funding.

“You do have some time – 60 to 90 days,” Jana Henderson with MEMA’s Office of Mitigation said Monday. “(But) somebody has to be in place to apply for this grant.”

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A last look at Rivergate 2016

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Town reviewing remote read meter bids

Four companies are vying for a chance to provide remote read water meters for the Town of Tunica.

Mayor Chuck Cariker along with Mike Wrenn of the Town of Tunica’s public works department and deputy Town Clerk Charles Hailey opened and read bids for the water meter project on Friday, April 22. Submitting bids were: Central Pipe, HD Supply, Southern Pipe and Meter Services. Cariker told company representatives that engineer Jeff Oldham would review all bids and make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen at their next meeting on May 3.

The lowest bid was submitted by Meter Services, who was offering RG3 Tesla meters. They estimated costs at $354,512. The next lowest bidder was HD Supply, who projected costs for their Census meters at $380,839. The highest bid was submitted by Central Pipe, who was offering Badger meters for $442,080. Southern Pipe bid $424,300 and was offering Master meters.

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