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Backus Council avoids unneeded expense

The Backus City Council learned that they will not need to replace hand-held water meter reading devices. During a prior meeting the council learned that the city's handheld water meter reading devices are outdated, and the company offering tech ...

The Backus City Council learned that they will not need to replace hand-held water meter reading devices.

During a prior meeting the council learned that the city's handheld water meter reading devices are outdated, and the company offering tech support for them is ending support for them. Initially the council believed that they would be required to buy new readers, which can cost approximately $5,000. The council was informed that the current equipment still works, but if they have software issues there will be no tech support.

Because of this the city is able to continue to use the readers, which are operating correctly, until they cease to work before buying new ones. In the meantime, the council can save and plan accordingly for replacement.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the 2015 audit presented by Christopher Clasen of Justin, Clasen & Company Ltd.

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• Decided to seek more bids for tar and dirt work for city streets.

• Gave the fire department authority to sell surplus items by auction following League of Minnesota Cities recommendations.

• Approved a fund transfer from the general fund to the fire department fund for fire contract payments.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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