Bartlesville plan to automate water meter system meets delay

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A City of Bartlesville plan to install an automated meter reading system for its water services met delay during a meeting of the Bartlesville Municipal Authority Monday night.

On the agenda were actions to accept a resolution authorizing a $4 million dollar loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for the project and to award a bid for the installation of the new automated system.

The resolution was tabled and the bids were rejected upon Bartlesville City Manager Ed Gordon's recommendation after he told the members of the authority that city staff failed to comply with state law and city regulations concerning the advertising of the project.

"That is, we did not advertise this in our local publications which is required by charter," he said, saying though the city received eight bids.

"We did not comply with our local charter in that we did not publish this in a local paper three times."

Gordon said the actions will come up again for municipal authority action after the city goes out for bids again, this time advertising the project in the local newspaper three times as required.

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