WILTON — Moving forward on a moratorium on smart meter installations is a moot point now, selectmen agreed Tuesday, because most have been done.

At the Oct. 4 meeting, the board directed Town Manager Rhonda Irish to draft a moratorium to give selectmen 180 days to research health and safety concerns with the new meters, and develop an ordinance to take to voters. At that time, CMP had installed more than 100 meters in town, Irish said.

In the two weeks since, 2,000 meters have been installed, or 87 percent of the total called for.

“I’m not opposed to smart meters. There’s nothing to be afraid of and it’s not the technology. It’s the way CMP went about it,” Selectman Paul Gooch told CMP spokesman John Carroll. “It doesn’t leave a warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart for CMP.”

Gooch was the only selectman to vote against starting the process of establishing a moratorium earlier this month.

CMP workers replaced his meter on a Saturday morning, he said, indicating they worked beyond a regular week. Other board members said they heard workers were pulled from other towns “to get the job done in Wilton.”


Carroll said the work had already been started and with about 600,000 meters to install across the state “the big teams of installers move fast.”

The board also raised concerns about installers not knocking on doors or leaving cards, as CMP said it would.

Selectmen wanted CMP to contact residents who opted not to have a smart meter, in case they declined because they thought a moratorium was on the way. They also wanted CMP to not charge those who waited for the moratorium.

Carroll said 40 homeowners in Wilton opted out of the program. He told the board they would be contacted to be sure they want to opt out. Many call anyway to change after receiving the first bill, he said.

To opt out and retain the older style meters means an additional monthly cost.

CMP smart meter program personnel “did a horrible job,” Selectman Tom Saviello said. “I would fire them.”

Carroll said the company provided presentations in towns allowing residents to ask questions before the installations began.

Wilton was contacted for a presentation but the board turned it down thinking that it was an issue for local residents to decide.

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