Council considers LED lightingMike Roth discusses cost savings for changing lighting on the square
The Washington City Council is considering a project that would replace the street lights on the Washington square and a nearby road with energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) that would save about 74 percent of the energy costs.
During the regular city council meeting Tuesday evening, former council member Mike Roth gave a presentation on the use of LEDs in Central Park and along Washington Boulevard. This would be a total of 98 lights that would be replaced with LEDs. The cost of the project is about $17,000 and includes a $3,000 rebate. According to figures given at the meeting, the city would save that amount in energy savings in less than two years.
“The criteria we wanted to achieve is to reduce cost,” Roth said. “With the product that I showed we can reduce the energy consumption on the square about 74 percent.”
The cost to the city of lighting on the square is about $6,000 per month, city administrator Brent Hinson said.
He said the LEDs would work in the fixtures currently in place, but the ballast would have to be bypassed. He said that the color temperature is the same, meaning that if the lights are replaced, there would still be the same amount of lighting on the square. The LEDs are also advertised to last six years before needing replacement.
The council was interested, but determined that it wanted additional bids for the project before proceeding.
Roth said that an LED was installed in one of the light fixtures in Central park to determine how it would work. He said that no one noticed a difference.
The council agreed to revisit the proposal next month after other bids have been received.
In other business, the council:
• agreed to work with Marion Avenue Baptist Church to determine a plan for Sunday morning parking;
• approved the purchase of a gate valve wrench for the city;
• approved the city’s share of $45,441 for an Iowa Department of Transportation project for sidewalks on Highway 92;
• approved the third payment for the one million gallon ground water storage tank;
• approved a detour agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for a Highway 1 bridge replacement;
• approved an airport zoning services agreement;
• approved a resolution adding a street light on South 12th Avenue; and
• approved the first reading of an ordinance rezoning the Washington Business Park.