Westerville council returns to 'smart...

Westerville council returns to 'smart meter' debate

There are 12 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Feb 2, 2011, titled Westerville council returns to 'smart meter' debate. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

The debate over "smart meters" has returned to Westerville City Council, which heard a second reading of legislation on Feb.

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Taxedtodeath

Columbus, OH

#1 Feb 7, 2011
If this is such a hot issue that the city do this, why didn't they approve it when federal grants were available last year?

They city passes on 4.3 Mil from the feds and now has to cover the entire cost?

Ok, now I am definately not a happy taxpayer. I smell a $4.3 mil blunder.
Stinking Corruption

Columbus, OH

#2 Feb 7, 2011
Issuing "bonds" will further enrich already wealthy leeches with INTEREST PAYMENTS that you, the taxpayer PAY. How do you think bonds are funded and paid back? The "city" borrows from ALREADY wealthy individuals swimming in cash and to add insult to injury tax dollars from Joe in the street go to make the interest payments TO THE WEALTHY. Municipal bonds: WELFARE FOR THE RICH!!!!! If smart meters are such a great idea let the OWNERS OF THE BUSINESSES where they will be installed pay for them out of their gazillion dollar CHECKING ACCOUNTS. These are BUSINESSES with plenty of (your) cash, not homeless people!!!! No more welfare payments for the capitalist pigs!!!!!!!
Marvin Glep

Naperville, IL

#3 Feb 7, 2011
Since it's a fancy government-controlled on-off switch it needs to go. They've been abused wherever they've been tried.
Frmer

Coopersville, MI

#4 Feb 7, 2011
My memory is that a relatively small number of persons concerned about privacy caused the Westerville City Council to back out of the grant award for smart meters. I never understood the privacy arguments, and given that smart meters are the trend toward which many municipalities are moving, I thought turning down the federal funds was short sighted.
Sarah the idiot

Delaware, OH

#5 Feb 7, 2011
Frmer wrote:
My memory is that a relatively small number of persons concerned about privacy caused the Westerville City Council to back out of the grant award for smart meters. I never understood the privacy arguments, and given that smart meters are the trend toward which many municipalities are moving, I thought turning down the federal funds was short sighted.
You hit the nail on the head Frmr. It was a chicken$hit thing to do on their part. There was too much conservatism and political worry over perception before re-election time over accepting Stimulus dollars that we lost out on what could have been return on our tax dollars to a project that actually would benefit all in Westerville. Now we have to pay the FULL price for their political mis-step. Previous councils never bent under the pressure of a vocal few. This one didn't have the overall interests of the main citizenry at heart.
Robert Smith

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 8, 2011
It's not clear from this story where the $5M in value for the city would come from having digital meters installed. What is the financial upside? Is it the savings from not having meter readers? Or is it more accurate metering?
no bullshyitting you

Delaware, OH

#7 Feb 8, 2011
I have never in my life seen any city that hemorrhages more money on frivilous,unnecessary things than Westerville.You are taxed to death and then they spend all your tax $$$ on crap that the city does NOT need to survive. I am glad I moved out before all of this development happened and taxes went up even more.
johng

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 8, 2011
Any Bond issue is a TAX, unless the politicians
are going to pay the interest.

A smart meter is telling the citizens they are too
stupid to manage their thermostat.
Susan

Grove City, OH

#9 Feb 8, 2011
Frmer the municipalities that have put them in have had repeated problems with them not to mention the enormous cost overruns that ahve been encountered just to put in the grid.

In CA, Tx, MA etc all are experiencing many problems of overcharging and errors in abundance.
The issue of privacy is not to be overlooked. When any government entity gives itself the authority to designate when its citzens can use their electricity thats an overreach of its powers.
They say it is voluntary now but to make it even halfway pay for itself they will have to eventually put ALL residential and commercial clients on smart meters.
Roberta

Columbus, OH

#10 Feb 8, 2011
I haven't changed my mind about the smart grid, I still do not want the meters forced
on the public. Some one is probably making out on this project, but it will not be
those in the private sector.
Hal H

Philo, OH

#11 Feb 8, 2011
The objections to the smart meters by some residents are a lesson in ignorance. There is no difference in Smart Meters or some city employee walking around reading the meters. The information on Smart Meters is the same only with more readings. This system will save the City and residents of Westerville money.
Marvin Glep

Naperville, IL

#12 Feb 15, 2011
Hal H wrote:
The objections to the smart meters by some residents are a lesson in ignorance. There is no difference in Smart Meters or some city employee walking around reading the meters. The information on Smart Meters is the same only with more readings. This system will save the City and residents of Westerville money.
No, sir. You are the ignorant one. The fact is this has NOTHING to do about meter readers. It is about control. That's where the privacy angle comes from. I want to decide what's best for me and my family, not some unelected bureaucrat that thinks I'm using more than "my fair share." That's my decision. These things have already been ripped out of communities in Colorado and Texas because they became government monitoring devices and government-controlled on-off switches. No, thanks!

And I especially DON'T want to pay for the government to nanny me, thank you very much.

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