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City Port Angeles considers $99K to assess smart meter program

September 30th, 2013 - 6:25am

(Port Angeles) The city of Port Angeles is considering spending nearly $100,000 for a consultant to work on the city's smart meter program.

The city council tomorrow night takes up the proposed contract with West Monroe Partners.

Under the proposed agreement, the city would use West Monroe to reassess the project the city started two years ago to install smart meters through out the city.

City public works and utilities director Craig Fulton says the project, is significantly behind schedule causing the city to reassess the viability of both the project concept as well as the ability of the current contractor to deliver a project that will have a long-term life span.

City staff proposes the city pay West Monroe no more than $99,000 on the total contract.

The city council takes up the proposal just two weeks after dozens of residents packed a council meeting telling the city to stop the smart meter program. Opponents say the radio-frequencies emitted by the devices are unhealthy and they also fear government intrusion on private property rights because the meters can be made addressable.

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