Albion village will change 433 street lights to LEDs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 November 2018 at 7:35 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Village of Albion will switch to energy-efficient lights for 433 cobra-head-style street lights, including this one on East Park Street.

ALBION – The Village of Albion will work with National Grid to have 433 street lights replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.

The Village Board approved the agreement with National Grid on Wednesday evening. The change will lower the village’s electricity costs for the street lights by $6,000 annually, said Jay Pahura, the superintendent of the Department of Public Works.

The village also will receive a check for $22,160 as a state incentive for using lights that require less energy. National Grid will coordinate having the high-pressure sodium lights replaced with LEDs, Pahura said.

The Village of Holley and Town of Albion have recently switched out their street lights to LEDs, he said.

“They will be brighter and cost a lot less to run,” Pahura told the Village Board.

In other action at the Village Board meeting:

• Approved a grant disbursement agreement with State Sen. Robert Ortt for a $300,000 grant to go towards buying a new vacuum truck to be used when the DPW does water and sewer repairs.

The board believes this is the last step in getting the grant through Ortt’s office. The money comes through the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Funding Program or SAM.

Once the village has the new vacuum truck, it will sell its current one. The sale of the current one may be enough to cover the difference for a new vacuum truck, which is about $375,000.

• Approved spending $2,346 for a GaGa Ball Pit at Bullard Park. The game with an octagonal pit is similar to dodgeball.

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