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Worthington Council considers conversion to LED bulbs in downtown streetlamps

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

WORTHINGTON -- The agenda for the Worthington Town Council's regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening was short, coming on the heels of its required year-end meeting and a new-year meeting within the last couple of weeks.

Street Superintendent David Dyer was praised for the great job he did clearing the streets after record-setting snowfall.

Deputy Town Marshal Randy Raney was praised for the great job he did training a reserve officer -- Ryan Bredeweg wrote a letter to the council thanking it for the opportunity to serve as a reserve in Worthington. He recently left to accept a reserve position in Sullivan. Bredeweg made a point to thank Raney for being his training officer and said it had been a great experience for him.

Council President Macky Stahl was reappointed to serve as the council's representative on the Worthington Fire Protection Territory Board.

Stahl said at least three streetlights were out around town and he asked Town Marshal Don Richardson to make a list of all streetlights that were not working properly.

Former Councilman Hal Harp attended the meeting and suggested the town consider converting the streetlamps downtown to LED lights that have a longer lifespan and use less electricity.

Harp told the council about a program offered by a company that sells and installs LED lighting systems. The company is currently offering a special deal with a significant savings on the cost to purchase. Harp spoke to a representative of the company at WestGate.

Harp said the LED lights would reduce the electric bill, on the streetlights where they were installed, by 40 percent, plus Duke Energy offers a $45 one-time credit per light for making the conversion.

The lights can also be pre-programmed to dim the lights and lower the wattage used during certain times of the day, resulting in even greater savings.

Harp estimated the cost to convert the downtown streetlamps at $8,700.10.

Stahl said the current bulbs are about four years old, have started burning out, and he wished the LED bulbs had been available when all of the downtown streetlamps were installed. Harp said LED bulbs have a 25-year lifespan.

Harp is going to get a firm estimate and the council may consider the purchase in the future.

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Fantastic idea, Harp. Good job, big guy.

-- Posted by FloydtheBarber on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 3:06 PM

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