Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 9:27 AM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 9:53 AM


The new ordinance would make it easier for people to opt out of smart meters without additional fees.


JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore — Josephine County wants to block opt-out fees for people who don’t want smart meter on their homes.

The Josephine Board of Commissioners read the ordinance Wednesday.

“I feel like Pacific Power is just really ramming these smart meters down their consumers and it’s not appropriate to not provide them a choice,” said Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare.

If approved, the ordinance would prevent public utilities from requiring people who decline smart meters to pay an opt-out fee.

The utility would have to replace smart meters that are already installed with non-radio frequency meters if the customer requests it within 90 days of the ordinance taking effect.

The ordinance would also require the utility to use alternative reading or reporting methods for any customers who request it.

“I know the constituents are behind us in Josephine County and probably throughout other portions of Oregon,” said Hare. “We’ve got other counties that are looking at the draft of our ordinance and are probably looking to do something similar.”

The ordinance still needs to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners. There is a meeting schedule for October 31.

If approved, the ordinance could go into effect by the beginning of February.

Screeching noise from cellphone tower frustrates Mooresville family

Screeching noise from cellphone tower frustrates Mooresville family

Adamson could hear it from his family’s home. He called the police, and they determined it was coming from a Verizon cellphone tower nearby.

“It’s screeching – pulling your hair out – crazy mad. I really need someone to come out and shut this noise off,” Adamson said.

Adamson called Verizon and reached a technician. He said they told him they weren’t seeing any alarms and didn’t really know what was going on.

“I felt blown off,” he said.

Adamson said he was told Verizon would send someone out first thing Monday morning. But the screeching continued for days.

“That thing still screaming – all the way until midnight – where I went to bed and here we are,” Adamson said. “It does seem quieter now – but who knows.”

A reporter asked Verizon where the noise was coming from, and why. They said it was a false alarm coming from a generator at the cell site. The issue was fixed Tuesday morning.

Still, Adamson is now concerned about living so close to the tower.

“It might be quiet now, but what was making the noise? And what kind of frequencies are shooting out of this thing? Makes me wonder if it could be dangerous,” he said “It’s concerning with kids in the house.”

Verizon said Adamson wasn’t the only person concerned. People have contacted them, wondering about the health impact due to the radio frequency waves coming from the towers. But Verizon said it’s in compliance with all FCC safety standards and their technology is constantly reviewed by health and safety organizations.