Gantt looking for water system grant

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gantt residents could soon see upgrades to the town’s water system.

Mayor Melissa “Missy” Grissett said the town is looking to partner with David Hicks of Hicks and Associates to secure a number of grants – including one for a wireless meter reading system.

The project would retrofit an estimated 280 existing residential and commercial water meters with the new radio read meters, the necessary hardware and the wireless system.

Town Clerk Christy Cartwright said the town has already purchased a compatible computer system.

“We believe we can get a 100 percent grant, meaning the town wouldn’t have to put up any money for the project,” Cartwright said. “Mr. Hicks also said that he thought (the town) could get other grants for other projects.”

Cartwright urged council members to compile a project list to submit to Hicks.

“If you come up with the projects, he said he’d see if he could find a grant for it,” she said.

In other business, the council:

• approved a formalized contact with the Gantt Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue to provide fire services and the use of a city-owned building as its headquarters; and,

• approved a memorandum of understanding with the county commission for debris clean-up in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.