While the town of Vanleer is applying for a grant for more water line extensions, it will increase its loan application for the matching portion to include switching to new smart meters. The town is expected to start work soon on the installation of more water lines and is preparing an application for a Community Development Block Grant for another round of water line additions. As part of that process, Vanleer also is applying for a low-interest loan from Rural Development to cover the town’s matching share of the CDBG grant. At Monday night’s meeting, the Board of Aldermen approved increasing that loan application to get $200,000 to purchase and install new meters for all of the water department’s customers. Mayor Larry Robertson said the new smart meters can be read remotely and have shown to be more accurate, which should result in additional revenue right away. Robertson said the town will purchase just a little more than 1,000 meters, which also can provide homeowners with specific water use data. The deadline for the CDBG grant application is February and grants should be awarded sometime this fall.