CAREY — In a brief special session Monday, Carey Council approved an emergency ordinance to move ahead with the purchase, installation and financing of an Eaton Cooper automated meter-reading system for water and electric meters.

The issue was tabled last week because only four council members were present. It takes at least five of the six council members to approve an emergency ordinance to allow the village to move ahead with the project.

First Citizens National Bank, Carey, will finance the purchase.

The village administration recommended Eaton Cooper after months of discussion, review and testing. The company bid about $879,456 for the work, which will take about 120 days to complete upon receipt of the meters. There are about 1,450 water meters and 1,950 electric meters.

Once installed, the village utility billing office will receive information from the meters on a regular basis and will be able to prepare the monthly bills.

Now, village employees have to walk through the village and record meter readings. Those employees will be assigned other duties.