City Council Approves Lighting Project

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Tue, Jul 17, 2012 10:08 am

Athens City Council members voted Monday night to move forward on a lighting improvement project aimed at saving the city money.

Council member Elahu Gosney (D-At Large) introduced the ordinance allowing the service-safety director to enter into a contract with a company that specializes in energy efficiency, Perfection Group, Inc.
 
"This is part of a comprehensive look at city facilities and looking for ways we can cut our energy use and reduce costs at the same time," said Gosney.
 
The total cost of the project to update lighting in eight city buildings and four other facilities is more than $112,000.
 
Affected facilities include:
- City Hall building 
- City law administration building
- Both fire stations
- City water treatment plant
- City engineering and public works building
- Arts West
- Athens bus garage
- City laboratory
- Municipal court
- City pool facility
- City parks and recreation maintanence garage
 
However, Council woman Chris Knisely (D-At Large) pointed out the project is eligible for a rebate of $23,000 from American Electric Power.  
 
She also added that additional energy savings from the improvements will be tracked during the year.
 
Council unanimously passed the ordinance, operating under a suspension of council rules so as to move quickly to take advantage of the rebates, which are available until August, said Gosney.
 
The city has worked previously with Perfection Group on other contracts.  The company is located in Cincinnati.
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