BY TOM BUSSELBERG
FARMINGTON - A street lighting project set to start in February should brighten many neighborhoods.
It also will end up saving the city money.
"We are replacing bulbs which burn more efficiently, and which cost less for the same light output," said City Manager Dave Millheim.
The energy savings over several years will pay for the upgrade, he said.
Siemens Industry, an international German-based electronics firm, is doing the project.
All streetlight heads will be replaced with the more efficient bulbs, information from the city's January newsletter said.
"We are also lowing some of the head placement in the Main Street area to get the lights out of the old trees and more down to the street level where they will have more impact," Millheim said.
All of the well over 900 street light poles within the city are owned by the city. That eliminates the need to pay an ongoing fee to Rocky Mountain Power, which owns and maintains the poles in many cities.
Syracuse purchased its street light poles last year, and estimated it would see large savings in the process.
Millheim said the project cost is estimated at $547,000. Over 11 years, savings are projected at $722,000 to $741,000, depending on energy use rates.
Work should be completed by the end of March, he said.
The project will include installation of a few new street lights, Millheim added.
City officials will receive daily updates on what areas will be impacted, the newsletter article said. In addition, a report will be received outlining weekly progress on all work completed during the prior week.