On Friday, March 22, the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group won a ‘victory’ in Federal Court when Judge John Z. Lee allowed NSMA the opportunity to refile an amended complaint by April 5 against the city of Naperville. The judge ruled ‘without prejudice’, which opens the door for NSMA to include additional information in the suit against the city. NSMA can include the hacking of the city’s website which was down for days and was not fully restored for nearly a month, the televised arrest and viral video of two Naperville women who peacefully pleaded not to have smart meters installed on their homes, and the increasing number of cities and towns throughout the United States that are banning the installation of meters.
The judge’s ruling makes it obvious to all, other than most members of the Naperville city council, that the suit has merit. If it didn’t, the court would have dropped the suit against the city faster than councilman Bob Fieseler can ignore a resident’s email. City councilman Steve Chirico was not surprised by the action of the Federal court, and actually expected the ruling. It appears councilman Chirico might be seeing the issue of smart meters more clearly than his peers. He along with councilman Joe McElroy were not part of the vote initially authorizing meter installation. Councilman Doug Krause (also a candidate for this year’s council election) has been a strong supporter on the side of citizen’s right of choice.
The Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group consists of a large number of highly informed resident’s who are fighting for the rights of all Naperville residents to retain their analogue meters, rather than be forced by local Naperville officials to have wireless invasive devices attached to their homes.
Naperville councilmen Bob Fieseler and Grant Wehrli, along with city manager Doug Krieger have spear-headed the charge for Smart Meters, which has resulted in the forced installation of unwanted meters, a Federal lawsuit, wasted dollars being spent by the city, and overwhelming negative press throughout the country about Naperville’s city officials.
It’s refreshing to see the “good guys” win one in court. It’s like watching Florida Gulf Coast win one on the court.