THIS MONDAY, JUNE 18, 7:00 PM, the Environmental and Franchise Utilities Committee, (Chairman: Michael Halley), will be holding a special public meeting in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The Environmental Committee will focus specifically on the opt-out fees for removing the Neptune radio-read meter for homeowners who already have this meter, AND what the opt-out fees will be for those homeowners who don’t have the Neptune radio-read meter now but will choose to opt-out in the future.THIS MONDAY NIGHT MEETING WILL BE THE BEST OPPORTUNITY, (AND MAY BE THE LAST CHANCE FOR NOW,) TO HAVE A REAL GIVE AND TAKE DISCUSSION WITH THE COMMITTEE THAT IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE FULL CITY COUNCIL ON JUNE 25, WHETHER TO LOWER TO A SPECIFIC AMOUNT OR ELIMINATE ALTOGETHER THE OPT-OUT FEES. At this meeting, if the Environmental Committee itself reaches a new consensus on the dollar amount for the opt-out fees, they will vote on it and then make a recommendation/amendment to the full City Council on June 25 to change the currently proposed fees.
The currently proposed fees for homeowners who either already have the Neptune radio-read meter or those who will choose to opt-out in the future are: $100 to install a new non-wireless (touchpad) meter, plus $75 per hour for the Water Dept. to do the labor to put in the non-wireless meter, plus $10 per month for a Water Dept. employee to physically read the meter.
THE FAIRFIELD CITIZENS FOR SAFE UTILITY METERS STRONGLY FEELS THAT THERE SHOULD BE ZERO OPT-OUT FEES.
We will advocate for this with facts and numbers at the Monday night Environmental Committee meeting.
The greater the number of concerned citizens who come to the meeting and express their reasoned position, the more effective we will all be.
See you there!