August 6th, 2011 – On this day the City Council of Warren, Michigan held a special two-hour committee of the whole meeting to discuss the possibility of passing a city ordinance requiring the electric utility, DTE, to obtain a license from the city prior to installing any ‘smart’ electric meters in the city.
Months earlier, in April, the Council had asked the city attorney to study what actions the city could take regarding new meters slated to be installed in 2012 or 2013. By late July some of us had drafted and submitted to Council a proposed ordinance on this subject which Council voted to take up in the August 6th special meeting. Many possible actions were discussed at this meeting including the citizen proposed ordinance or, in the alternative a resolution plus working together with other cities to persuade the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to put the brakes on smart meter deployment. The city attorney was asked to again study the city’s options and report back.
Here is link to a news story in the Macomb Daily on this special meeting: