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Kerens installs new water-monitoring system

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KERENS–Kerens City Council voted Jan. 7 to accept a new computer-controlled system that keeps tabs on the city’s water supply.
The state grant-funded project cost $40,500 and is known as a SCADA system, which stands for supervisory control and data acquisition. The City of Kerens matched 20% of that price, City Administrator Katherine Combs said in June.
The system monitors the city’s two elevated water storage tanks, its single ground storage tank, takes data from the water plant and reads the main meter from Corsicana, which supplies Kerens with its water, Combs said.
The system remotely controls valves and pumps, Combs added, and a later software update will allow city officials to track data on their smartphones. Mayor Jeffrey Saunders said the new system provides more information than the previous monitoring process.
The meeting also featured a public hearing about changing the zoning of property located at 905 NE Second St. (State Highway 31) from residential to commercial. John Koscielniak said he hopes to build a recreational vehicle campground at the location, the elevation of which he plans to raise using fill dirt.
Nearby resident Alexander Merrick expressed fears of increased flooding around the area, which is on the eastern edge of town, adjacent to Indian Creek. Mayor Saunders suggested Koscielniak develop plans to mitigate flooding and account for the development’s effect on neighbors. As such, the council voted to table the matter for later consideration.
Council members also were informed by Police Chief Roy Ivey that he had acquired two new 2020 Chevrolet Tahoes for his department, negotiating the price for both from $70,000 to $61,500. Chief Ivey estimates receiving the vehicles later this month, after which they will be outfitted with police equipment.