The Vanleer Board of Alderman approved a round of paperwork Monday to process a loan that will be used along with a grant to replace all the meters in the town’s water system. Mayor Larry Robertson said the system will be installing new “smart” meters that can be read with a handheld device from the road instead of having to physically open each meter box and read dials. At first the board considered replacing just the meters along busy roads such as Highway 49 where it is more dangerous for meter readers to stop. But Robertson said the town decided to go ahead and replace all the meters in the system, which is around 1,000. At Monday night’s meeting, the aldermen unanimously approved various paperwork for the $164,000 Rural Development loan from the Farmers Home Administration. The loan will be used along with a $53,000 grant for the meter replacement project. The Vanleer Water Department has already begun installing and implementing new computer software that will be used to download the meter readings. Once a public notice of the loan application is published, there will be a 20-day public comment period before the town can proceed with closing the loan.