Gallatin’s plan for new water plant gets the “OK” from USDA

Gallatin’s City Administrator reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved plans for a new water plant.

Tony Stonecypher told Gallatin councilmen that he expects the project to be put out for construction bids by the end of this week. Discussion was held Monday night on water rates for the rural water district. Stonecypher is to contact city attorney Robert Cowherd of Chillicothe to discuss suggested rates and finalize a proposal.

An ordinance was presented to the council regarding a net metering policy.

Public Works Director Mark Morey stated a transfer switch would be needed in case of an outage. Stonecypher was asked to contact a statewide utility group and the insurance carrier regarding possibly changing the cost of service for alternative energy sources. The ordinance was then tabled until the next meeting.

Morey reported he’ll have tractor bids and street repair bids for the next council meeting. He also discussed his research on an automated meter reading system for electric and water bills of utility customers.

Discussion also was held on the possible sale of ten cemetery plots for city employees who pass away while employed by Gallatin. Stonecypher stated if the councilmen were interested, a policy could be developed and defined as a benefit to city employees.