Moulton Water Superintendent Jay Johnson received approval from the city to move forward with a water system study he discussed with council members in a work session two weeks ago.

According to Johnson, the study will determine the sustainability of the department’s infrastructure. It will also make the city eligible for federal funding to improve the system in the future.

“We have to have this filed by February 1, and we’re kind of tight on time for us to apply for any grant money or principal forgiveness,” Johnson said. He told council members last week after grant applications are approved, Moulton could be reimbursed for having the study done.

In a regular council meeting Monday night, Mayor Roger Weatherwax said the study was approved, and the city’s financial consultant, The Kelley Group of Tuscumbia, will oversee the study.

The Council also approved an invoice of $5,551.92 with G&C Supply Co. for supplies to install new gas meters throughout the city. Weatherwax said a contract with the same company was approved last month, but the purchase amount exceeded the price laid out in the first agreement.

The installation of the new meters will allow gas and water departments to read meters automatically. The project was approved in January, and construction for new water meters began in early October.

Johnson told the Council that about 324 fire hydrants within the city limits have been added to the GIS system, which will allow the department to view information on each hydrant remotely, such as the hydrant’s location, when it was last repaired and with what materials, additional repairs it may need, and other information.

Johnson said his department has completed flow testing for the hydrants, which was approved by the Council in May.

Fire Chief Ryan Jolly, whose department split the cost of the hydrant maintenance program with Moulton Water, said his employees would begin painting the fire hydrants in the spring.

In other business, the Council also approved a Fire Fighters Enhanced Coverage Insurance plan for Moulton’s full-time firefighters at an annual cost of $198.24 per firefighter.

The Council also approved an updated holiday schedule from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, for its employees, which will include 12 holidays, including Good Friday on April 10 and Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12.

All members except District 4 Councilwoman Cassandra Lee were present for the meeting. The next Moulton City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.

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