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Midget meter reader?? #216149
10/18/15 07:22 PM
10/18/15 07:22 PM
Lostazhell  Offline OP
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Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216150
10/18/15 08:13 PM
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mbhydro  Offline
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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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Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216151
10/18/15 10:08 PM
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That town is just bizarre to say the least...

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

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Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216153
10/18/15 10:33 PM
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mbhydro  Offline
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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.

Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216154
10/18/15 11:13 PM
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Lostazhell  Offline OP
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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.

Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216155
10/19/15 12:06 AM
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In the Binghamton NY area, the lights have meters at a more reasonable height.


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Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216156
10/19/15 09:10 AM
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geoff in UK  Offline
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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.

Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216157
10/19/15 10:28 PM
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mbhydro  Offline
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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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Re: Midget meter reader?? [Re: Lostazhell] #216158
10/20/15 12:13 AM
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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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