Below is what I have learned in the last few days.  I want to share these facts with you.

First, the mayor of Talent contacted Mayor Stromberg soon after his reelection.  She was asking him about beginning a conversation without councilors at this point to discuss

the possibility of Talent tying into Ashland’s electric grid.  The one caveat that she had was that both councils work towards getting off the grid by producing their own renewable

energy on land across the freeway with a solar farm.  Mr. Stromberg said that he wasn’t interested.  End of conversation and movement on this front.

Second, the city of Ashland is moving forward with replacing electric meters on residences both analog and older smart meters with an even “smarter” meter.  City installs them for free.  The citizens receive more radiation from this super smart meter plus the cost of its operation which is $113/year!  It uses electricity; the analog meter doesn’t.

Third, Mr. Stromberg fired Mr. Kanner as Ashland’s city administrator with a buy out of $125,000.  This increased his PERS payment significantly!  The city is now paying for a professional firm

from Kansas City to find candidates for Ashland’s city administrator.  The mayor decided that there weren’t enough candidates so far to make a decision so he is extending the search.  The cost

of the search was $28,000.  The extension will be an added cost.  Compare this to the City of Talent  that just lost their administrator: a buy out of $2,000 and a free search for their administrator is being conducted through RVCOG that provides these search services to its member cities.  Yes, Ashland is a member.

Dates to remember: Town Hall Meeting in Talent to discuss smart meters pro and con.   –  May 30 at 6:30

                              Showing of a documentary about smart meters/cell towers or dirty electricity  –  June 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

For more information on the above events visit The Ashland Chronicle as additional information will be posted here.

Carol Voisin