PIEDMONT - Paula Boggs, acting mayor for the city of Piedmont, conducted her first council meeting on Wednesday evening, and part of the business was preliminary plans to replace water meters and a meter reading wand for more precision with the community water bills.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
PIEDMONT - Paula Boggs, acting mayor for the city of Piedmont, conducted her first council meeting on Wednesday evening, and part of the business was preliminary plans to replace water meters and a meter reading wand for more precision with the community water bills.
Representatives from C.I. Thornburg Company, of Bridgeport, were present at the government meeting to show their equipment pieces and give an understanding to the council members on the workings of the items.
Boggs suggested the initial purchase of the meter reader, related software, and 50 water meters be completed.
With Phase 3 of Piedmont’s water project to get underway shortly, Pam Keplinger, of Region 8, told the council members the cost of the water system equipment could be included in the funding package for the project.
Finance commissioner Vicki Smith said concerning the new equipment purchases, “We need accuracy and less headaches” with the water meter reading process.
In another report, Boggs gave clarification on the recent swimming pool training session that she and several other council members attended.
She said, “No city money was used for the classes,” adding that several fund-raising efforts of holding roast beef dinners took care of the cost of the training.
Boggs wanted a subject related to the city’s pool be placed on the agenda at the next council meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m., at the city building.
The agenda item will deal with raising the swimming pool’s entrance fees, and if approved, the prices for students will go to $2 and the adults will pay $3.
Boggs gave the 2018 opening date for the pool to be Saturday, May 26, and she said, “We are looking forward to having a lot of business for the pool coming from Keyser.”