General Membership Meeting
September 13, 2012

Meeting called to order at 6:35 pm by Vice President Matt Karnick followed by an introduction of new attendees.

Speaker for the evening—Gail Gawenda, Madison Water Utility who gave handouts about the new Smart Meter program that will be instituted this year throughout Madison.

The Smart Meter is a wireless meter that contains miniature, low frequency radio transceivers. These meters are installed, usually in the basement, and transmit data to Madison Water Utility. With the installation of Smart Meters instead of the six months billing system, a monthly billing system will be introduced this year in Madison. (A Public Service Commission requirement)

Reasons for the replacement meters given were that the meters now in homes are getting old and obsolete (new ones aren’t being made); reduced costs and energy conservation by saving gas on trucks used to read meters; improve leak detection and online access to your own consumption information that will help in budgeting.

Addressing safety concerns, Ms. Gawenda stated that Smart Meters have a quarter to half less radio frequencies than cell phones, laptop computers and microwave ovens. After a review of scientific literature, Madison and Dane Co. Public Health do not see any danger to the public.

Installation process—customers will be contacted by mail to arrange an appointment with Corix Utilities. Installation takes about 30 minutes. An adult over 18 must be present.

Opting Out Implementation and costs for an opt out policy are being considered by the State Public Service Commission. Customers interested in opting out can delay installation and put on a list for the approved opt-out policy by calling the Opt Out Information Line at 264-5323 or by using “Ask Us, Tell Us” online.

For further information there will be an open house  on Sept. 27th from 6:00 -8:00pm at the Alicia Ashman Library with participants that include people who make the meters, Water Utility personnel and the Health Dept. The address is 733 N. High Point Rd.

Motion by Darold Lowe and seconded by Margaret Schnurbusch to approve Secretaries minutes. Motion passed.

President’s Report—Vice President Matt Karnick reported that the Brat Sale was a success, thanked the volunteers who participated and that the Treasurer will make a financial report at the next meeting.


The following officers were elected by casting a unanimous ballot:

  • President: Tim Klaben
  • Vice President: Matt Karnick
  • Treasurer: Jordy Natzke
  • Secretary: Maureen Engelberger
  • Board Members: Vern Maiers, Merl Maiers, Mike Brewer, and Darold Lowe

Alder Lauren Cnare gave a budget report that included putting a stoplight on Cottage Grove Rd by the Great Dane location; money in the budget for an Eastside Fire Station, Library and a possible facility for the homeless. Alder Cnare thinks the facility has merit but there needs to be a commitment from the County. Further Questions from attendees about Smart Meters were answered after the meeting by Alder Cnare.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40.

Submitted by
Gretchen Lowe, Secretary

AuthorWilliam Schuth
Categoriesmeeting minutes

General Membership Meeting
June 14, 2012

President Tim Klaben called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm.

County Board Supervisor Jeff Pertl's Report:
Atwood Ave Intersection will be closed to widen the road there.
Dempsey Road Royster property to be developed...commercial area will be developed first and then housing.

The bike path is to be extended.

Frontier and Southwest airlines will have flights running at Dane County airport in June. There is a petition before the County Board to revisit the airport noise issue and environmental impact.

Smart Meters- a phone is built into the meter and water usage relayed to truck that reports information to Water Utility Department. There may be an opt out provision.

President's Report by Tim Klaben

We are in phase 2 of the water utility's smart meter plan and will have a speaker from Water Utility at our September meeting.

Remediation is in the process at Klinke's Dry cleaning on Monona Drive due to a dry-cleaning leak.

Soil tests at Kipp reveal that chemicals did not get in the ground water-- make sure water table is intact.

There have been complaints regarding military F16's & helicopter noise.

President Klaben thanked Board members who staffed election day display and said we need to do it again and include other members in this action.

Secretary's minutes: Matt Karnick moved and Darold Lowe moved approval. Motion passed

Treasurers Report: Jordy Natzke was excused from this meeting and will make report at next meeting.

Vice President's Report by Matt Karnick
There are eight new Street Captains that volunteered at our election day display. Matt has talked to all of them who are excited about helping with the neighborhood association.

Brat and Hot dog sale:   Matt will find volunteers to staff our June 23 event. Discussion followed regarding advertising and amounts to charge for food items.

Garage Sales: An ad will be put on Craigslist and in Wisconsin State Journal.

Pastor Baxter Enum announced he would print up copies of our Brat Sale flier and distribute them. He also announced a Four Lakes church free clothing drive to be held on the 2nd Saturday in August. He asked that if garage sale participants had any leftover clothing, they could bring it to the church for distribution.

Sign Committee: Darold Lowe reported that the new sign that is to be placed at Portland Pkwy and Milwaukee St. is in the process of being built. A grant is being applied for and the additional sign funds should cover the cost. The sign should be installed by July.

A nominating committee needed for election of officers composed of people who are not officers-- Merle and Vern Maiers and Darold Lowe volunteered. Any others interested, please contact Tim Klaben.

Neighbors Concerns: A GPS was stolen from a car on Shearwater; A car was egged on Flora.

Next meeting September 13th-- Election of officers and Water Utility Representative
Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm


Respectfully submitted
Gretchen Lowe, Secretary