Cities and Counties That Have Passed
Resolutions Against Smart Meters
Cities and Counties That Have Passed
Resolutions Against Smart Meters
- Why Resolutions Are Important
- Do Resolutions Have the Force of Law?
- What Local Governments Say About Resolutions
- How to Get a Resolution Passed
- Model Resolution to Use
- List of City and County Resolutions Against Smart Meters
Many Michigan cities and counties have passed resolutions against smart meters. In fact, every municipality that has been approached has passed a resolution. Is your municipality on this list? If not, get them on board!
Why Resolutions Are Important
“Get as many city and county resolutions as you can. They make a difference.”
Getting local governmental bodies to pass resolutions concerning smart meters is quite important. Legislators and lawyers have told us that getting more of them is essential to our cause. Resolutions by city and county governments give us a lot of leverage in getting legislation passed because they show that local governmental bodies are concerned about smart meters. The legislators pay attention to that. After all, those citizens vote them in and out of office. Resolutions are also important because they can—and have been—used in legal proceedings. Council and commission meetings are usually broadcast via cable TV, so your discussion of smart meters will educate many people.
Do Resolutions Have the Force of Law?
Resolutions do not have the force of law. They are a statement of a governmental body’s feeling. The legislature and the court take these resolutions into account when making decisions, and this is why getting your city and county governments to pass them is important. Legislators tell us that these resolutions are important in getting the Analog Meter Choice Bill passed.
What Local Governments Say About Resolutions
When first approached, most cities and counties say that they have no power and cannot do anything about what the utility company does. They often tell you to go to the legislature or the Michigan Public Service Commission. But, as you just read above, the council has the power to pass a resolution, and many resolutions can be a powerful political force. The fact is, when the councils are educated, they pass the resolutions. The discussions at council meetings, usually broadcast via cable TV, educate many citizens and help to get the word out to more people.
How to Get a Resolution Passed
People to Help You
We can refer you to two people who can help you get your local government to pass a resolution. Both have a high success rate at this endeavor. One, in particular, started off like most of us—not knowing a thing about smart meters. He stepped up to the plate and has had great success. He can coach you on how to do this yourself. We can get the word out to people in your community so that they can support you. Contact us for more information.
In addition, David Sheldon of Michigan Stop Smart Meters can give a 20-minute to one-hour presentation to your council. At every presentation in which both he and DTE have appeared, the council has passed a resolution opposing smart meters. If you would like him to come and speak before your council, please contact us. Please put “Speak at Council Meeting” in the subject line of your email.
Some Specifics on Getting a Resolution Passed
- Call your city clerk and ask to get on the council’s agenda. If you are on the agenda, you can speak for about 20 minutes. This is better than speaking at the public comments section, where you usually get only 3 minutes.
- To prepare, you can read What Are Smart Meters (How They Work, Why They Are Harmful), Opt-Out Facts (DTE, Consumers), Dirty Electricity, Costs, and Privacy. See our Alerts and Breaking News page for additional and up-to-date news. This information can give you facts to back up what you say.
- Many governmental bodies don’t understand that the DTE opt-out does not allow you to keep your analog meter. You have to make this very, very clear to them.
- The resolution should ask the Michigan House and Senate to pass the Analog Meter Choice Bill, HB 4916, or similar legislation that would permit customers to have an analog meter at no cost. You want to include the language about “similar legislation” because if the bill doesn’t pass this year, it will have to be reintroduced. We want to make sure the legislature knows that it is the content of the bill that matters, not the bill number.
- Pass out additional information that will help inform the council.
- Following this section is a Model Resolution for you to present to your council, as well as two well-written resolutions.
Model Resolution to Use
Here is a model resolution. Submit this to your city or county. On June 3, 2016, Vassar Township passed this model resolution. Marathon Township and Worth Township have also passed very good resolutions. We recommend submitting all three of these to your municipal government.
Many of the municipalities passing smart meter resolutions did so before anyone understood anything about dirty electricity, and before the Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE’s and Consumers’ opt-out programs. Thus, many of the resolutions below do not contain all the language they would if they were passed today. Nonetheless, they stand as a show of governmental disapproval of the way the utilities are treating their customers and their customers’ health and privacy.
You will notice that many of the resolutions below ask the Michigan Public Service Commission to investigate the health concerns. The MPSC conducted what it considers an investigation in 2012. Resolutions asking them to do it again won’t help us. This is why we suggest you use the model resolution as a template.
City and County Resolutions Against Smart Meters
County Resolutions Against Smart Meters
|April 25, 2013
April 28, 2016
April 12, 2012
June 21, 2012
City, Village, and Township Resolutions Against Smart Meters
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Mar 20, 2012
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Jun 9, 2016
Aug 5, 2013
Apr 11, 2016
Jan 12, 2012
Mar 5, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Oct 6, 2014
Mar 21, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
May 10, 2016
Feb 29, 2016
May 11, 2016
Jun 20, 2011
Mar 4, 2013
Nov 4, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Sept 9, 2013
Jan 19, 2012
Aug 16, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Jan 3, 2012
Sept 2, 2014
Jul 23, 2012
Aug 5, 2013
Jun 3, 2016
May 1, 2012
Oct 11, 2011
Nov 17, 2014
Jul 20, 2016
May 14, 2012
Sept 25, 2013
Vermont is the first state to pass a statewide, cost-free smart meter opt-out. Most of California and Arizona have analog meter opt-outs for those utilities that use smart meters.
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Terms to Know
Advanced meter: smart meter (term used by DTE to hide the fact it is a smart meter).
AMI meter and AMI program: another name for the smart meter and the smart meter program. AMI stands for advanced metering infrastructure.
Blood-brain barrier: EMFs can cause the blood-brain barrier to be breached, allowing toxins to enter the brain. Toxin entry is thought to be partially responsible for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
Dirty electricity: spiky, pulsed electromagnetic field generated by smart meters that rides through building wiring and permeates the building’s rooms. Responsible for many of the health problems seen with smart and digital meters.
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs): consist of an electrical field and a magnetic field. Fields are created by the flow of electrical current through the wire, sunlight, etc.
Electromagnetic frequency: examples are 60 Hz electrical current of your home, RF of a cell phone. Often used interchangeably with electromagnetic field.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Symptoms are complex and involve all bodily systems
Hydrogen bonds: Electrostatic bonds that help hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of hydrogen bonds may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs may disrupt the Hydrogen bonds.
Meter upgrade: the installation of an advanced (smart) meter on your home by DTE.
Microwave radiation: the type of radiation emitted by smart meters. Known to cause biological harm.
Non-transmitting meter: another name for the DTE and Consumers opt-out meters.
Opt-out meter: this is a smart meter. The only thing that is different is the radio-transmitter is turned off. It still generates dirty electricity, it still retains the two antennas, and it is only incrementally less harmful to your health. It can still record detailed information about your electrical usage.
Radio-disabled meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.
Radio-off meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.
Radiofrequency (RF): high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the range of 10 MHz to 300 Ghz. All wireless devices, including smart meters, cell phones, and Wi-Fi emit RF.
Switched mode power supply: contained in all smart meters, it creates dirty electricity.
van der Waals bonds: an extremely weak electromagnetic force that helps hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of the van der Waals bond may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs can disrupt the van der Waals bonds.