PG City Council Explanation on Installing Secondary Water Meters on Private Homes Instead of Public Buildings
Last night’s city council meeting (Sept 29, 2015) we received an explanation about the installing of secondary water meters on private homes for data collection. This meeting was live streamed and recorded so you can watch yourself and get the answers. You can find the link to watch the recorded meeting on our PGVoices Facebook page.
Administration did make the decision to install not 20, but 30 secondary water meters for data collection onto private homes, without permission from city council.
Our city attorney told us that there is a limit to what administration can spend without council approval, but she didn’t say what it was or what code backed it up. She said that there is currently no law to limit administration spending for a ‘study’ as maybe a ‘study’ is a separate item.
Approximately $10,000 funds have been spent for this data collection idea, ALL citizens in PG paid them, but the water meters were installed on private homes.
Why didn’t the city spend $10,000 on installing on PUBLIC PROPERTY instead? Since we all have to pay for these meters, putting them on public property instead of private would be justified.
We also found out there was NO opt out option given to those 30 private home owners. Council LeMone posted on Facebook there was an opt out option, which was proven wrong in last night’s council meeting.
The administration said that currently one private home owner who had told the city they didn’t want the meter installed on their secondary water is angry because the city installed the meter when they said no. We found out the city didn’t get the info down to the installers in time and now the citizens have to pay to remove the installed meter.
We are wondering why the city administration choose to install secondary water meters to get data for “conservation reasons” at this time of year. They want to do a six-month study, but our secondary water is turned off this month for the whole winter , so how do they expect to get full information?
City administration also said this MAY or MAY NOT even work and get them the data they need to determine if spending $6 million in the future for secondary water meters is a good way to go for water conservation. Why did the city ever install secondary water without meters in the first place?
The only way ‘water conservation’ works is when every citizen gets BILLED and forced to PAY for what they really use. Did you know that our public buildings have no meters on the culinary drinking water or the secondary water they use. Only a portion of our city has secondary water and NO meters have ever been installed to tell us how much outside water we use in our homes. We all pay the collective equal share of secondary water. No one currently pays for what they really use to water outside their home.
A citizen stood to ask a few questions during the meeting. She wanted to know if the city has accounted for the new growth since 2012 and found out they didn’t. We haven’t looked at the current data we do have to see if new users are increasing the water use. Is it ‘new users or abuser users’? We can find out through data we already have or get data from public building not private homes .
A citizen from PG United stood to throw a candy bar to our new public works director, welcoming him with open arms as part of the government against a group of citizens who are active in city meetings and research. Apparently they have even chosen to spitefully name this group of citizens…. C.A.V.E (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) and most of those on council and administration laughed with her.
Yes, this is the type of garbage we deal with each and every week down at the city meetings. Those of us who stand for small government, less regulation, free market economy, private property rights, get smacked down at every turn. We welcome you to come and take a beating with us.
This is why we need a total clean house at our city government.
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