LAKEWOOD: City Council seeks grant to replace street lights

brynn.grimley@thenewstribune.comFebruary 2, 2014 

The Lakewood City Council last week gave its Public Works department the green light to apply for a $500,000 state grant to help pay for the replacement of city street lights.

The grant would help convert 1,982 high-powered sodium bulbs with light emitting diode, or LED, lights. That’s roughly 1,000 fewer lights than initially estimated when the City Council learned of the project in January.

Converting fewer lights also means a decline in overall savings. The latest savings projections are $146,500 annually, roughly $100,000 less than the council was told Jan. 13.

At first glance the Public Works department thought roughly 3,000 lights could be replaced, but a more thorough review revealed some lights weren’t eligible because they’re leased from other utilities, said Desiree Winkler, Lakewood’s transportation division manager.

If the grant is awarded to the city, the council would have to vote again to accept the money and authorize the project. The city should learn in a couple months if its application is approved.

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