Just announced by the Madison Water Utility: A public hearing on the draft opt-out process for the somewhat controversial meter replacement program (a.k.a. “smart meters”). The meeting will take place this coming Monday, September 24, at the utility’s 119 East Olin Avenue facility. The meeting starts at 4:30 pm. Public comments will be limited to three minutes. Those who can’t attend may send comments to email@example.com, or by mail to the Olin address (zip code 53713) — but the press release says written comments will only be accepted until the start of the meeting, so anyone planning to use snail mail better hurry.
There’s nothing like announcing a Monday afternoon meeting shortly before end of business day the prior Friday! Only time will tell if those of us in the pilot neighborhoods will receive another literature drop this weekend from the anti-meter folks.
For those who just can’t get enough of the smart meter controversy, the utility’s third and final informational open house is coming up on Thursday, September 27, from 6-8 pm., at Ashman Library, 733 North High Point Road. Earlier that afternoon, the Water Utility Board will meet at Olin Avenue to discuss the policy. More information about the water meter replacement program is available here.
– Bob Koch