The following arrived from the local group Campaign for Liberty:
Memphis City Council (which must approve all MLGW funding) continues (since November) to delay the MLGW VOTE on 2020 Budget. MLGW is suggesting they will not “yet” introduce a monthly fee to opt out of the very problematic smart meters.
BUT they want the possibility to be hidden in this BUDGET for 2020!
This vote is now re-set for Tuesday January 7, 2020!
The fee could be set at $25 per month (continuously) beginning in January 2021. This is being done “evasively” (to trick you!) by adding the permission into their 2020 BUDGET without making a direct change to the current standing of the City Council resolution of October 2013 which gives free opt out from smart meters at any time to all customers of MLGW!
This Budget change is a devious action!
Immediately please begin calling and emailing your own Council Member (and all the Council Members)
even if you do not live inside the city limits, stating your disapproval of overriding the 2013 Resolution which commits to free opt out of smart meters at any time.
If you are an MLGW customer or not — please help.
There are now six new council members who do not know the history of the smart meter opt out 2013 Resolution. They need to hear from you about your firm position in keeping the free opt out any any time with no fees.
Below you will find a list of all Council Members, email addresses and phone numbers to their staff members. Here are some ideas you can use (or change) to say it “your way” in email or phone call:
Removing our free opt out is dishonest, goes back on the decision in 2013 (by Resolution) to give MLGW customers the right to free opt out at any time.
Citizens worked with City Council to assure our right to be free of the dangerous “smart” meter. In 2013 the customers of MLGW were heard!
Charging a fee is punishment, is a slap in the face of those who do not want a dangerous smart meter, with health hazards.
Health concerns, fire risk (from plastic, heat sensitive smart meters), issues of loss of privacy, with surveillance potential, and rising costs due to lower “life of use” of non-analog devices — all make me very concerned — thus I opted out. My opt out is free by resolution.
To work “behind the back” of local citizens, hiding a fee change in a 300+ page MLGW Budget, is devious and a fraud. Shame on MLGW!
When the vote comes up, say NO — in behalf of many thousands of MLGW customers who have already formally opted out. There are reports of over 100,000 opt outs across Shelby County! Protect our rights!
There is good reason why we choose to opt out. Our City Council should be defending our right to safety and to free choice to avoid smart meter risks.
Please write and/or call all City Council members. Please share this information with all your friends, who will fight for our right to opt out at no cost.
To send an email to every council member (blind copy is best) select the entire group of emails listed here, copy and paste into your email address area:
The City Council employs several support staff members to aid the Council Members in their communications with their constituents.
If you would like to contact your City Council representative, you may reach them by email at their addresses below or through staff, using the contact information below.
Including Council Member, Staff Analyst, and Assistant email and phone numbers:
Rhonda Logan (District 1)
Frank Colvett, Jr. (District 2)
Council Vice Chair
Patrice Robinson (District 3)
Jamita Swearengen (District 4)
Worth Morgan (District 5)
Edmund Ford, Sr. (District 6)
Michalyn Easter-Thomas (District 7)
JB Smiley, Jr. (District 8-1)
Cheyenne Johnson (District 8-2)
Martavius Jones (District 8-3)
Chase Carlisle (District 9 -1)
J. Ford Canale (District 9-2)
Dr. Jeff Warren (District 9-3)