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#216149 - 10/18/15 08:22 PM Midget meter reader??  
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#216150 - 10/18/15 09:13 PM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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Just advancing through the streets on Google Maps in different directions from the ones you have posted, it appears that is a standard configuration for metering their traffic signal controllers.

I thought at first it might just be legacy downtown installs but I saw some the same way when I randomly looked at signalized intersections in the suburban areas.

If that was here in Winnipeg, the snow plows would take the meter out a few times a year when cleaning the snowplow windrows out of the intersections.


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#216151 - 10/18/15 11:08 PM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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That town is just bizarre to say the least...

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#216152 - 10/18/15 11:25 PM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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This one looks like a fish bowl from the sprinklers likely

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#216153 - 10/18/15 11:33 PM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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Our city has been flat rate for years for traffic signals no meter (or what looks like a disconnect) in sight of a traffic control box.


#216154 - 10/19/15 12:13 AM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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The intersections here are metered, but they use a Midwest pedestal/disconnect most of the time, typically placed in a greenbelt somewhere near the traffic controller.


#216155 - 10/19/15 01:06 AM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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In the Binghamton NY area, the lights have meters at a more reasonable height.


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#216156 - 10/19/15 10:10 AM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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What's the point of metering equipment with a constant and predictable consumption? The costs of the equipment, its maintenance, reading and billing must be significant.
As far as I know, in UK street furniture is paid by local authorities just based on a register of installations, though some places monitor switching times of photo-cell controlled lamps.


#216157 - 10/19/15 11:28 PM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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Could be a local utility requirement that all services be metered. They may never be read but the spirit of the local requirements are met.

talking about constant and predictable usage I have noticed meters on the billboard signs in my city. I wonder if the local utility or the sign company ever takes a reading off it or do they just estimate/flat rate the sign account.

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#216158 - 10/20/15 01:13 AM Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell]  
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My guess is they are on an annual plan (AKA budget plan) and they just read the meter once a year to adjust the rate.

These are all on borrowed time tho. I am not sure FPL has any analog meters left around here. All I see is the smart meter that calls home constantly. I can get an amazing amount of information about my usage online.


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