SANATOGA PA – Expect work to begin soon on Lower Pottsgrove’s street lights, a project in which old lamp heads will be removed and replaced with gleaming models powered by light-emitting diodes that should be significantly brighter and cheaper to operate.
Street lights have been on the township Board of Commissioners’ plate since May 2015, when it was invited to join a group of other municipalities across the Delaware Valley to buy the equipment and the right to replace it, and save money in the process. Commissioners reviewed and approved feasibility and cost studies, lighting audits, financial charting, and a couple of slide shows in the process.
They wrapped all of that up during their meeting Monday (Feb. 6, 2017) in two separate actions, authorizing an agreement to pay $33,229 to supplier Johnson Controls Inc. to convert a total of 91 street lights; and authorizing payment of $3,175 to PECO, which owns the existing lights, so they could be removed.
A Johnson Controls consultant estimates Lower Pottsgrove will save more than $200,000 on street lighting costs during the next 20 years by replacing the system now.
“We’re ready to move forward on this,” Board President Bruce Foltz suggested Monday, as Solicitor Charles Garner confirmed “all the documents are in order” and commissioners could proceed. Foltz, an electrician by trade who has long championed the lighting change, was visibly pleased. “This is a real good deal,” he said, and thanked Garner and township Manager Ed Wagner for their work in the effort.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 6 meeting):
- Township Street Light Deal, Payments Approved
- New Police Equipment Can Read A License Plate
- Township Commissioners Meeting Set Tonight
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