City agrees to bring in help for floundering smart-meter program
October 16th, 2013 - 5:33am
(Port Angeles) – A marathon, 4-hour session of the Port Angeles City Council last night resulted in a yes vote to hire some help for the city's “smart-meter' project.
The city is under contract with Mueller Industries for the
development and installation of an advanced metering infrastructure,
known as AMI, that also includes replacement of all electric and
water meters in our system.
The project, now over 2-years old, is behind schedule, which has caused the City to re-assess the viability of both the project concept as well as the ability of the contractor to deliver a quality project that will have a long life
Upon the advice from the city's Utility Advisory Committee,
the council voted 6 to 1 last night to hire West Monroe Partners,
consulting partners who have a good degree of experience in the
smart meter program.
Councilperson Sissi Bruch was against the proposal.
The council hopes that West Monroe Partners will be able to
find and fix the glitches with the Mueller meters in the upcoming months.
Meanwhile, there was a lot of feedback from citizens in the
public comment section of the meeting...all of them against the
new metering system.
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