AUDUBON — It’s a first step towards monthly billing. At this week’s meeting, Audubon City Council members voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance changing utility rates and billing, but there may be some discussion on details regarding rates and possibly some changes before the final reading is approved.

The council has been planning on moving to monthly billing and a project to put in new water meters that can be read at a distance, speeding up meter reading, has just about wrapped up. Earlier City Clerk Joe Foran said the meters were just about all in place, the city was now doing any last installations or adjustments, and beginning the process of going from quarterly to monthly billing.

Foran said that over the last months of this year, bills would be totalled out, so that in the New Year the first one month billing can begin.

Mayor Barb Jacobsen said she thought the change was being well received, and while some individuals preferred quarterly billing, others were looking forward to monthly billing.

Some advantages included noticing issues like a jump in the bill sooner, which could be the result of a hidden leak and general lower costs, with the bill being for just one month at a time, not a quarterly amount.

In other business, the council approved Blake Miller as the new Assistant City Attorney, after the resignation of Audubon County Attorney Sarah Jennings left the position open. Dave Wiederstein will remain the Audubon City Attorney and Miller will be Assistant.

Also, a new handicap parking space will be added in front of the Audubon Public Library, on the corner of North Park Place.