The City of Vandalia will move forward with their plan for a new water meter system. First, the Vandalia City Council approved the financing from U.S. Bancorp with a loan for $841,347.24 at 2.09%. The City Council voted 4 to 1 in favor of approving the financing with Ward three Alderman Mike Hobler voting no—three aldermen were absent from last night’s meeting. Then, the City Council approved the purchase of the new water meter system. A study shows the system will be far more accurate and will save the city money by losing less water—and the new system should pay for itself in 6 to 7 years. Alderman Mike Hobler pointed out the yearly audit shows the city billed for 94.62 percent of the water pumped this last year, which was the city’s best figure on that in the past five years. But, Public Works Director Marlin Filer pointed out there is a lot of guesswork that goes into arriving at that number and he says this new system will be fully accurate. For 2014, the City of Vandalia billed for just 86.65 percent of the water pumped from the City’s system.