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Faith looks to become more self-sufficient in 2015

According to Faith Mayor Todd Peeler, 2014 set the town up for success in 2015 — and beyond.

Faith is “on the right track,” he said.

Though Faith is small, Peeler said his goal is for the town to continue to become more efficient and self-efficient.

Over the past few years, the town has obtained a new tractor, backhoe and incident support vehicle, among other pieces of machinery that allow the town to perform more services themselves.

Those pieces of equipment “more than paid for themselves,” Peeler said.

By completing these tasks on their own, he said the town has saved money by not hiring outside contractors to do the work.

“All these things were things we were having to pay other people to do,” he said.

When they do have to call someone in to do contract work, Peeler said they know who to call for quality work, fair prices and excellent service.

“I’d like to see us get a couple more pieces of equipment,” he added.

During 2014, the town updated and combined its SCADA system, which controls and monitors the town’s water and sewer systems.

“The push is everybody is switching to digital,” Peeler said.

“This was a must,” Peeler said. “The water monitoring system was obsolete.”

The systems, which used to be analogue, are available online in real time.

In addition, Fire Chief and Public Works Director Scott Gardner is getting his certification as a water operator, which means he’ll be able to ensure the quality of the water in-house.

Rising costs in 2014 threatened to force the town to raise taxes for the first time in years. Money saved by the new system and cuts the fire department made helped the town avoid doing so.

This year, however, Peeler doesn’t expect they’ll face that problem again.

“We’re headed in the right direction,” he said, adding, “We’ve got a good thing here.”

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