What You Can Do
There many things that you can do to prevent the meter from being installed on your property and to have your voice heard. The city will only respond to our call to action if public commentary is significant. We have organized action items below. While each is valuable, the first 5 are of highest priority. Once you have gone through the list, keep coming back to this web page for more updates.
Please note that NSMA cannot advise whether or not to do any of the following. Each homeowner must make this decision after considering and accepting responsibility for any ramifications.
1) Send the utility a Notice of No Consent: NoticeOfNoConsent-SmartMeter-Naperville
This document contains instructions with the letter to fill out and sign, then send via certified mail. Post a copy of this notice on your meter and your front door.
Please note: The City is ignoring these notices and will still send UPA (the contracted installer) unless you call them to refuse.
2) Verbally Refuse: Tell UPA (the contracted installers) that you do not want the meter to be installed and you do not want them on your property. Here’s how….NSMA Refusal Suggestions 04-19-2012
3) Lock your fence: Homeowners in our community and around the country are locking their fences with bike locks and chains when the meter is located in the back yard. UPA is not allowed to climb fences.
4) Give your dog fresh air: Smart Meter installers and postal service workers are a lot alike – they do not like dogs that may be aggressive. Give your dog fresh air in front of your electric meter.
5) Make a Financial donation to our non-profit organization. Even a $10 donation will help offset our legal and communication costs. We are seeking donated items that we can auction as well. See our Donate page for more details or click here:
6) Apply a “DO NOT INSTALL SMART METER” Hang Tag on your electrical box. Photograph the meter with the tag applied for your records. Email to NapervilleSmartMeters@yahoo.com or call NSMA at (630) 579-0659 with your name and address to make a $3 donation (or 2 for $5 – give one away or put one on your door handle!). Donations made to Naperville Smart Meter Awareness, 1427 Westglen Dr., Naperville IL 60565. The hang tag and zip tie will be mailed or dropped off to you.
Optional: Post “Do Not Install” Notice to Front Door or Window:
PLEASE NOTE: The UPA installers have been instructed by the City to IGNORE ALL SIGNS. These signs will not divert an installer. Nonetheless, you should show your notices of no consent.
7) Sign our “Cease and Desist” petition. Contact us at NapervilleSmartMeters@yahoo.com to arrange to sign or circulate a paper petition. As of October 1st, we are well on our way to our goal of 3,000 signatures, which is a tally of both online and paper signatures obtained. With your help, we’ll quickly reach this goal. Please consider circulating a petition.
8) Be Home To Refuse: According to UPA, Utility Partners of America, the city’s contracted installation company, hours of installation are Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A UPA representative on February 6, 2012, said installs can be as early as 7:30 a.m. or possibly as late as 3:30 but shouldn’t go beyond those hours.
Meter Guards: People in our community and around the country are guarding their meter. Here are some examples: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/03/01/defend-your-analog-meter/.
Post “No Trespassing” Signs: Homeowners in our community and around the country are reiterating their rights to protect their property by posting a NO TRESPASSING sign clearly near your meter, in their yards, on their fences and/or front doors.
Request Proof of Insurance: Require the installer to provide proof of insurance guaranteeing that you have no liability if someone is hurt when installing the meter.
Record the visit to your home: Record the interaction between yourself and the installer. Verbally state that you refuse the installation and ask the installer to leave. Document the truck number, license plate, and all interactions with the installer, including date, time and location, to have a record of your refusal. Take detailed notes. If you would like to document by video camera or still camera, you must ask permission.
REMINDER: NSMA cannot advise whether or not to do any of the items on this page. Each homeowner must make this decision after considering and accepting responsibility for any ramifications.
9) Sponsor a Yard Sign - Contact us with your name, email, phone and address at NapervilleSmartMeters@yahoo.com and we will arrange to drop off a sign. A $10 donation to our non-profit, 501(c)(4) is requested:
Car Magnet: Support our mission and help spread the word by displaying a car magnet on your car. The magnet is about 8″ x 11″ and looks identical to the Yard Sign above. Mail a donation $12 check with your address made to Naperville Smart Meter Awareness, 1427 Westglen Dr., Naperville IL 60565 and one will be mailed or delivered to you. Or call NSMA at (630) 579-0659.
10) Volunteer - We NEED YOUR HELP! We have many tasks, small and big, that will help us connect with all of our neighbors. Contact us at NapervilleSmartMeters@yahoo.com or call Jennifer at (630) 579-0659.
11) FACEBOOK: “Like” our Facebook page: Naperville-Smart-Meter-Awareness and share it with all your Naperville FB friends, asking them to “Like” it too.
Write on the City’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/NapervilleIL?sk=wall
12) Stay Connected! SIGN UP for our newsletter – and PASS IT ON! BE SURE to sign up for our newsletter and forward to your neighbors and friends. Email and pass out flyers to neighbors and Naperville businesses you frequent. Post our flyers around town on community information bulletin boards.
13) Write your Homeowners Association. Contact us at NapervilleSmartMeters@yahoo.com for a sample letter to send to your HOA Board. Consider taking out an ad in your HOA Newsletter. Contact us for advertising content suggestions.
14) Come to the City Council and Steering Committee meetings:
Per the city’s website, “The NSGI Steering Committee meets monthly every Thursday before the second City Council meeting of the month. The meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meeting dates (please confirm by going to the Steering Committee’s web page):
- June 21, 9 a.m. at the Electric Service Center, 1392 Aurora Avenue
City Council and other pertinent meetings:
- Tuesday, June 19, 2012: City Council, 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 6:45 to sign in if you wish to speak)
- Wednesday, June 27, 2012: NSGI Community Meeting, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive
- Thursday, July 12, 2012: Public Utilities Advisory Board, 7:00 p.m. in the Electric Service Center, Second Floor, Conference Room East, 1392 Aurora Ave.
- Tuesday, July 17, 2012: City Council, 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 6:45 to sign in if you wish to speak)
- MONDAY, August 6, 2012: City Council, 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 6:45 to sign in if you wish to speak)
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012: City Council, 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 6:45 to sign in if you wish to speak)
City Council meetings are held at the Municipal Building, 400 S. Eagle St. If you feel moved to speak at the meetings, please arrive between 6:30 and 6:55 p.m. to sign in. Every citizen has the right to express their concerns and you can speak for up to 3 minutes in the Public Forum. For the most up-to-date city calendar, click here.
If you are unable to attend city council meetings, please watch live on Channel 6 (WOW), Channel 10 (Comcast), or Channel 99 (AT&T U-verse). Additionally, you can watch the meeting via computer by going to www.naperville.il.us/granicus.html.
Videos of City Council meetings and Workshops are available the day after. Under “Archived Events”, click on ”City Council” … http://naperville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2
15) Send emails or letters expressing your sentiments to the Mayor, City Council, and the City Manager Douglas Krieger:
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Bob Fieseler (630) 417-7553 cell Steering Committee Member
Grant Wherli (630) 305-5331 Steering Committee Member
Mayor George Pradel (630) 420-6018
Judy Brodhead (630) 305-5335
Steve Chirico (630) 305-5336
Paul Hinterlong (630) 305-5362
Doug Krause (630) 305-5332
Joe McElroy (630) 305-5334
Kenn Miller (630) 544-1211 cell
City manager Doug Krieger: (630) 420-6044
Electric Utility Director Mark Curran: (630) 420-6131
16) Contact the press. Or write a letter to the editor…
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The Patch: email@example.com
Naperville Sun: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Herald: email@example.com
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16) Report Health Problems: If you have been injured by the radiation emissions from Smart Meters (a.k.a. AMR or AMI electric, gas, or water utility meters), or any other EMF or wireless device, please complain to the FDA. Click on the following link, download the form, and mail it to the FDA. The mailing address is on the form.
For products and information on how to protect your health from EMF and RF radiation: