Kleinhenz noted that around $200,000 was budgeted for this new program. Future plans also include phasing out traditional water meter reading.
“Currently, we are working with the energy savings project,” he explained. “We’re looking at replacing water meters. There are other technologies out there that will either allow us to drive by and read meters or we’ll look at a system that’s a direct dedicated system that will report to town hall what the usage is.”
As far as construction projects go, he highlighted the desire to eliminate truck traffic on State Road 267, diverting it to Northfield Drive, which would allow more projects to be able to be done regarding landscaping on the road.
“We also will be working in the next 60 days on a wayfinding sign project that will direct people to different major landmarks, such as downtown, town hall, various schools, and parks,” he said. “We’ll create an image that will help people get around the community better. Indianapolis has done a lot of this and it’s really changed the character of those neighborhoods.”
Kleinhenz said that 1.5 seconds were added to the length of the green light going east and west where Northfield Drive meets S.R. 267, something residents had been requesting. Also, the town received a grant that will allow smoother passage through all traffic lights for emergency vehicles.
“We did receive a grant from the state that will allow police and fire vehicles to have transmitters in their trucks, so as they approach an intersection, it will transmit to the signal that it needs to start the cycle to turn green,” he said. “We will install these everywhere. It saves three to five seconds and that can be the difference between life and death. It will be a nice addition to our public safety.”
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