When a white van with a VSI Meter Services logo pulls up and a technician heads for the power meter, it’s not the meter reader. This summer, Central Maine Power Co. plans to replace traditional meters with new “smart meters,” which record power usage and automatically send the data to the company’s headquarters.

Candidates night

A candidates night will be held Monday, May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Miller School.

The eight candidates that are running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen will introduce themselves and answer a few questions.

The candidates are James Bodman, Robert Butler, Gordon Colby, Clinton Collamore Sr., Craig Cooley, Jeffrey Hurd, Abden Simmons and Melvin Williams.

The public is invited to meet their candidates. To suggest a question for the candidates night, send an email to abenore@villagesoup.com or call Andy Benore at 594-4401, ext. 256.

Candidates for the school board and Budget Committee are also invited to attend.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for setup and socializing.

Brenda Hendrickson, customer service advisor with CMP, discussed smart meters at the May 10 Waldoboro Board of Selectmen meeting.

She said 189,000 smart meters have been installed, and CMP’s goal is to install 620,000. She said Waldoboro has 2,997 meters. Crews are scheduled to work in the Rockland area from May 30 to Aug. 6. She said customers can currently opt out from getting a smart meter.

Hendrickson said the jobs of 148 meter readers will be affected. But some will retire, and others will take other jobs. She said CMP will read meters for two months to check the accuracy of the smart meters. She said electricians are also available, if needed.

In regard to safety, Hendrickson said there is no danger from the exposure to the radio frequency field from smart meters. She said radio frequency exposure to TV, radio and cell towers is 10 times greater than smart meters. It’s 67 times greater for a WiFi signal, and 12,667 times greater than a cell phone next to the head, according to CMP materials.

Hendrickson said it takes about 15 minutes for technicians to switch the meters. Power will be interrupted for about a minute.

For more information, visit cmpco.com/smart meter or call 877-887-0356.

Lincoln County Planner Bob Faunce gave a presentation on the Waldoboro Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, “the culmination of a year-long effort to determine the biking, running and walking needs of residents and visitors in the community and to recommend improvements to meet those needs.”

The report had a series of recommendations, such as Route 1 crosswalks at Route 32, Depot/Jefferson streets, and Main Street/Route 220; extend Main Street sidewalks; and a Medomak River Walkway.

The plan, which members of the Board of Selectmen supported, would be used by the Department of Transportation as it develops projects in town.

The full report is on the town’s website, waldoboromaine.org, in the documents that go with the May 10 Board of Selectmen meeting.

Other business

The board approved a conservation closure recommended by the Shellfish Conservation Commission. The temporary conservation closure, approved by the state, would end July 1. The Shellfish Conservation Commission has been working to open clam flats that have been closed.

John Higgins offered two suggestions for citizen comments. He said they could be at the end of the agenda, and perhaps “old business” could be added as an agenda item.