On Tuesday, the council approved monthly rates and charges for the smart grid system provided by Opelika Power Services, which provides high-speed internet, high-definition television and telephone services for customers enrolled in the service.
Although services can be purchased individually, bundling packages range from
"This is going to put us on the map like never before," Fuller said.
Fuller commended the council and OPS staff for their collaboration in the project. The council first began researching the system in 2008 before it was approved during a special election in
"We were all in this together from the get-go and we'll be the first municipally owned utility in the state of
Following the meeting, OPS Director
"The first thing that you want to look at is that this is history in the making and it's all been because of the foresight of the mayor and council over the years," Horton said.
Horton said since becoming OPS director in June, the majority of his work has been focused on making sure all components of the system worked correctly prior to launch.
"For the last four months, we've been trying to pull the team together, focus on the project at hand and culminate the situation," Horton said.
Although there is more work to be done on the system in the coming months, Horton said he is glad the system can be launched now.
"We are at a point where we can offer it to the community and we are excited about that," Horton said.
The city of
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