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City to stop smart-meter program

June 5th, 2014 - 5:18am

(PORT ANGELES) -- The city of Port Angeles has moved closer to stopping a smart-meter program.

The city council this week approved a “standstill agreement” negotiated with Mueller Systems, the city’s project vendor for Advanced Metering Infrastructure or A-M-I.

City Public Works and Utilities Director Craig Fulton says the agreement allows a 60 day period where the city and Mueller can negotiate a termination of the A-M-I contact.

It's part of process the city staff will work through with a second contractor, West Monroe Partners, to develop a path to update the city's obsolete utility meters.

The city has already paid Mueller about two million dollars out of the $4.9 million budgeted for the Mueller contract that was signed nearly four years ago In January, the city informed the contractor it was in breach of its contract after the program continued to flounder.

Now both parties will sign the Standstill Agreement, which is an agreement between two entities in which a debt owed by one to the other is held in abeyance for a specified period.

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