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! Contact us for information on how to do this, and a referral to someone skilled at getting these resolutions passed.
Why Resolutions Are Important
Getting local governmental bodies to pass resolutions is quite important, and we have been told by those who have worked in the legislature, as well as several lawyers, 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. Moreover, they can—and have been—used in legal proceedings, including in the current appeals of the DTE opt-out.
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.
What Local Governments Say About Resolutions
When first approached, every governmental body says that it has no power and cannot do anything about DTE. They 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
Contact us for more information on how to get resolutions passed, and for a referral to someone skilled at getting these resolutions passed in her city and elsewhere. She started off like most us—not knowing a thing. But she stepped in and is now helping others get them passed in their cities and counties.
We have found it very effective to have David Sheldon of Michigan Stop Smart Meters 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 him or us. To get him on the agenda, call your City Manager's office and request that they put smart meters on the agenda (for a future meeting) and tell them that you want David Sheldon to come and speak for 15 minutes (or more). David can give a PowerPoint presentation if the council has a projector. Contact us and/or contact David Sheldon at fdshel @ gmx . com. Be sure to put “Speak at Council Meeting” in the subject line of your email.
Model Resolution to Use
Here is a model resolution. You likely won’t get your council to pass one as detailed as this, but it is a starting point.
(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, the resolutions often 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.)
City and County Resolutions Against Smart Meters
County Resolutions Against Smart Meters
City, Village, and Township Resolutions Against Smart Meters
- Allen Park
- Brighton Twp
- Dearborn Heights
- Farmington Hills
- Grosse Pointe Shores
- Grosse Pointe Woods
- Harrison Twp
- Lincoln Park
- Madison Heights
- Oak Park
- Rochester Hills
- Royal Oak Twp
- Shelby Twp
- Sterling Heights
- Vassar Twp
- Van Buren Twp
Vermont is the first state to pass a statewide, cost-free smart meter opt-out.
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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.