Will council light up their lives?
Kamloops council will decide at its Tuesday, May 15, meeting if it can find $365,000 to upgrade 1,000 streetlights along Tranquille Road and in the Aberdeen, Batchelor Heights, Juniper Ridge and Lower Sahali neighbourhoods.
According to a staff report, the refitted LED lights would use adaptive-dimming technology, meaning the level of light they provide could be changed at any time of day by the city.
Streetlights now run at full power from dusk to dawn.
The refitted lights would also use less power and need replacing less often.
Staff say the new lights would pay for themselves in 6.2 years.
Upgrading the lights would cost $780,000 overall, but the city has $415,000 in grants from BC Hydro and the province’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund.
The refit wasn’t included in this year’s budget talks and staff are suggesting the city dip into last year’s surplus to cover the project.
To hold onto the cash, the city must commit to the project by June 30.