February 2022 Board Update
Board Approves Policy Change for Non-Standard Meters
The Board of Public Utilities has approved a meter reading fee for non-standard meters. In 2015, City Utilities began the process of upgrading to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for the standard meter system of the utility. AMI provides rapid communication of possible power outages and provides detailed usage information to customers, while providing usage data for billing without manual readings. Except for customers who chose to temporarily opt out of AMI, all electric meters are now AMI, and gas and water meter conversions are 75 percent complete.
Customers who chose to opt out at the time of installation will be notified of the policy change and provided an additional opportunity to have AMI meters installed. If not changed to utility standard meters, a $40 fee for the cost of reading manually will be added to each premise. Approximately 1,200 meters are considered non-standard, or non-AMI.
2021 Transit Driver of the Year
From a group of 10 qualified candidates, CU Transit Driver Mike Lutz, has been selected as the 2021 Driver of the Year. The Driver of the Year award recognizes job performance, courtesy, neatness, attendance, safety, and attitude, and is selected by a group of peers and Transit management. “Bus Operators work with the community every day, greeting them with a smile and a genuinely care about their passengers,” says Matt Crawford, Director of Transit. “They care about the community we serve and for each other. They carry the added burden of driver shortages, employee wellness, and even the passing of one of their own due to COVID-19. I am incredibly proud to be associated with this team.”
City Utilities Recognized as 2022 Tree Line USA Utility
The Arbor Day Foundation has again recognized City Utilities as a Tree Line USA Utility, for the utility’s commitment to urban forestry throughout our community. Required standards of quality tree care, annual worker training, tree planting and public education, and others, were met by City Utilities Tree Management. More information on the recognition and Arbor Day, is available from the Arbor Day Foundation.