That means Ti residents will either have to pay for the installation of water meters or pay for the Gooseneck project, Dedrick said.
Dedrick said he was notified by the state in August that Ti had been awarded the grant money through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The stimulus money would have paid for the installation of water meters at all residential and commercial locations in the community.
After listening to emotional debate on both sides of the issue, the board voted to accept the grant to install the water meters without a definite plan for using them.
Water customers in Ti now pay $322 a year. If meters are installed, Dedrick explained, eventually a per gallon rate will be established and customers will be billed only for the water they actually use.