WILSON — The city council recently approved two bids that will pay dividends for the city.

A bid of $187,700 for smart meters by Buehler Water Systems out of Oklahoma City was given approval. Mayor Frank Schaaf said the approval of the bid was made during a special meeting in order to facilitate having the meters installed. Schaaf said he is hopeful the project will be wrapped up by the end of April.

"The city is excited about the smart meters and to see how things progress," he said.

One of the benefits of the smart meters will be man-hours saved. Schaaf said the city spends 90 hours on billing, from reading the meters to sending out the bills. Under the new system, Schaaf said saved time spent on utility billing should be four to five hours. The city will also see more revenue through a more accurate billing of water that has been used.

The second bid approved was for a generator in the amount of $65,000. Randy Ward Electric presented the winning bid.

Schaaf also said an ISO (Insurance Services Office) inspection has taken place. The last time ISO inspection was in 1983. Schaaf said the city is optimistic it will receive a new rating which will reduce insurance rates for property owners.