Paonia trustee Corinne Ferguson is continuing with what has turned into a multi-year project in trying to improve street lighting in the town.
The public had complained that street lighting within town limits was too intrusive.
Others wanted streets to remain lit for safety reasons. Following a public hearing last year, Ferguson has been gathering information and working with DMEA on the streetlight issue.
Now, DMEA has announced commercial rebates are available for street and parking lot lighting. Communities that replace their aging streetlights with LED technology or install new LED or induction street lights, DMEA states, will be eligible for a 25 percent rebate for the cost of the head with a cap of $200 per head. There is a project cap of $20,000. The project design requires meeting or exceeding IESNA requirements.
Ferguson is working with two companies on needed studies for the streetlight project. While Terra Vision is doing a hydro feasibility survey for the two-million-gallon water plant, they agreed to survey the streetlight situation focusing on light saturation. Some areas in town are over saturated and other areas are too dark. Ferguson said this survey will help determine what is needed in various locations.
The Mountain States Lighting survey is looking at current lighting and the options for different styles of lighting. They will bring in various lights to show the Paonia Town Council. The length and height of every pole, where the light is placed on the pole, and the length between the poles are the kinds of information they need for their study.
Hoods for 40 existing streetlights were budgeted for 2012, but those hoods are no longer fabricated.
Ferguson said the streetlight project will be a discussion point for the 2013 budget. She is looking into grant possibilities as well.blog comments powered by Disqus