Isanti to follow city regulations regarding new water meters

By Elizabeth Sias

After tabling the issue after the last meeting, Isanti City Council members on Tuesday, Jan. 17, discussed water meters not yet changed out and unanimously voted to follow city regulations regarding households that have not yet had the new meter installed.

The topic was discussed in regard to Isanti resident Mark Wyandt, who lives at the only property to provide a written request to not install the new meter.

As of the last meeting, there were 11 other properties that have water on, but did not have the new meter installed. These were billed a $75 non-compliance fee on their November invoice and will be billed the $75 fee again on their December invoice. City Council members voted at the Jan. 17 meeting to follow city regulations to bill Wyandt the $75 non-compliance fee.

In a letter, Wyandt stated that for several years, his 7-year-old daughter has been treated for serious health issues related to a compromised immune system. She was treated at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with no results.

He stated that through his research, he discovered his family is sensitive to things that affect their immune system, causing eczema and skin-related issues. He also said he believes his family is electromagnetically sensitive, and his concern with the new water meter is the signal is sends out through the house. Wyandt did his own research on the topic and cited multiple studies completed on electrosensitivity.

The City Council tabled the item to allow time for Wyandt to bring forward statements from his daughters’ physicians. He provided a letter from a chiropractor at the Jan. 17 meeting, but council members said they didn’t think it was sufficient evidence for his case.

“I was hoping to get more medical than a chiropractor,” Council Member Sue Larson said. “(The chiropractor’s statement) doesn’t say there’s been any testing, and I don’t think there’s enough here that would warrant my vote in favor of this request.”

In other action, the council:

• Ordered a public hearing for the Wednesday, Feb. 8, City Council meeting to consider a nuisance abatement for a property in violation of a nuisance code in regards to outdoor storage of materials on the property.