A bright idea? Slatington to consider...

A bright idea? Slatington to consider buying street lights it n...

There are 5 comments on the The Morning Call story from Feb 20, 2009, titled A bright idea? Slatington to consider buying street lights it n.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Slatington officials are considering purchasing street lights located throughout the borough and paying a company to maintain them in an effort to save an estimated $400,000 over the next 20 years.

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West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#1 Feb 20, 2009
Do they patrol or drive around to look for those that are out ? How often ? Or do they just wait for complaints and respond only to those, if and when someone calls them in ? How fast do they respond to repair or replace lights that are malfunctioning (flickering or "cycling") or out ? Will they commit to or guarantee an average or maximum time frame ? I've seen quite a few that are out recently in both Whitehall - esp. along Rt. 145 - and in various locations in Bethlehem. Who trims trees that grow branches between the streetlights and the road ? Who replaces poles - with only streetlights oin them - that get knocked down by traffic accidents ? The Borough should get clear, firm, and binding answers to all these questions before it makes any decisions.

The Borough should get competitive bids for this, such as by whoever maintains its traffic signals - it's similar work. The Borough should also see what it would cost to have its own Public Works Dept. do this instead, like when they put up the Christmas decorations.
Dim Bulb

Cherryville, PA

#2 Feb 20, 2009
Sounds like a BRIGHT IDEA. The devil is in the details. If the maintenance is poor and unreliable, it might be lights out for this plan.
West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#3 Feb 20, 2009
312 streetlights per the article. If the bulbs, etc. last 6 years on average (industry standard for the Halogens), the Borough will have to replace/ repair 312 lights / 6 years = 52 lights a year, or about 1 per week. If it takes an hour average, at $100 per hour cost for the couple workers and the boom truck or cherry-picker truck, then that's $5,200 per year in cost for that, plus 52 bulbs - maybe $500 ? Say,$6,000 per year total x 20 years =$120,000 over the 20 years. How much is this contractor proposing to charge, compared to that ? How much could the Borough do it for with its own workers ?

Allentown, PA

#4 Mar 4, 2009
Get rid of Little Dave and Tiny Dan. That would save the tax payers over one and a half months electricty! Since they are both afraid to work when the street lights are on :(

Bloomsburg, PA

#5 Mar 12, 2009
Sounds like a sweet deal for PP&L... much cheaper to have an outside company do it. Does anybody watch this stuff on a regular basis?$65K/ month for 312 lights? Somebody should be voted out of office over that one alone.

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