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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 span.

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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