Claremore Daily Progress

Breaking News

Top Stories

October 11, 2013

Citizens raise questions about smart meters

CLAREMORE —

The Claremore City Council voted Monday to obtain bids for a new smart meter electric and water system.
Prior to the vote, the council gave citizens an opportunity to weigh in on the project.
“We are not making a decision here tonight,” said Mayor Mickey Perry. “We are going to vote to go out for bids to see what is there.”
John Fleak was the first of the city residents to speak.
“Why does everything involve the city saving money not the citizens?  Why not put the smart meters on city buildings first and see if there is a savings?” Fleak said.
Fleak believes there is a health risk associated with the meters and asked the council if citizens would be able to opt out of new meter installation. 
Gene Daniel shared a similar concern, questioning the need for a new system.
“Now we are being told the water meters are reading low,” Daniel said. “You recalibrate and get them in the accuracy you want. You don’t replace them because the bill is not as high as you like it to be.”
Daniel requested the council include citizen participation in the process to increase transparency.
There is no viable data or tests with information on the long-term affects on humans, Mary Ann Linton said. 
“Most tests were done on dummies and I don’t want to be one,” she said.
The concern is the possibility of electro omission from the devices.
Gerald Carlburg spoke about the scientific studies of the effects of electromagnetic fields in an effort to clarify the issue.
Information on both sides of the issue was presented to the council for review.
Councilman Mark Lepak explained the reality of these types of devices in our society today is that they are very common and in the public domain.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • Students paint mural Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

    Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local attorneys fight to eliminate judgment

    Claremore attorneys — Thomas H. Williams and Jack E. Gordon Jr. —   filed a petition Tuesday to vacate the $27.9 million judgment awarded to Material Service Corp. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Rogers County Water Dist. 16 receives grant

    Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.  

    April 18, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until June 24

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until June 24-26, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Harps Food opens new store in Inola

    On April 23, Harps Food Stores will reach a new milestone in their company’s history with the opening of its 75th store. 

    April 17, 2014

  • helping children Tri-County CASA seeks additional volunteers as child abuse cases increase

    From 2010-2013, Oklahoma has seen an increase in children entering foster care. According to Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports, approximately 11,000 children are in state’s custody because of child abuse or neglect — 4,000 in the Tulsa area alone and more than 100 in Rogers County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge refuses to dismiss Grubowski in DA suit

    A judge has denied businessman Myron Grubowski's motion to remove him from the defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley against sponsors of last fall's unsuccessful citizens petition for a local grand jury investigation of her  office.

    April 17, 2014

  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jennifer Hodges Claremont Elementary teacher named the winner of $2,500 classroom grant

    Jennifer Hodges, a fifth grade teacher at Claremont Elementary, has been named winner of a $2,500 grant through the Farmers Insurance Thank A Million Teachers program. The national initiative invites citizens to offer thanks to teachers, past and present, who have made a difference in their lives.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commissioners hire outside counsel

    The Rogers County Commissioners hired outside legal counsel Monday to contest the $28 million civil judgment paid to Material Service Corp.

    April 16, 2014