By Kellen M. Quigley
Light poles in the town of Concord could soon be shining down more energy-efficient and cost-effective beams after action by the town last week.
At the February meeting of the town board, the board approved adding the town to a list of municipalities interested in converting to LED lights through New York State Light & Gas (NYSLG).
Supervisor Clyde Drake said he has recently attended meetings where other towns are looking to cover their lights to LED. He said the town of Concord has been discussing the possibility as well.
“Basically, this involves buying the head on the pole that has the light on it,” he said.
According to Drake, about a dozen other communities in the area who have or are in the process of converting to the LEDs.
Many towns go with National Grid, Drake said, which would require buying the light head and light arm, the light pole if there’s nothing else on it and the switches that will shut the light off.
“There’s quite a bit of cost in that,” he explained. “They were talking about pay gaps of five or six years on these things, depending on what the net book value was.”
Drake said all 63 town poles that aren’t in the village of Springville are with NYSLG. He said after discussion with the company, converting to LED lights would only cost the town about $5,500 outright and could save the town about $5,000 annually.
“We’re looking at about a one-year payback for us to convert all our street lights LED,” he said. “And that $5,000 savings would continue forever.”
Drake said the only possible issue people might have is the brightness of the LED lights. He said the brightness of the streetlights wouldn’t be intense enough to give off a harsh blue glow.
Board member Philip Drozd said he attended the meeting Drake and agreed it’s the way to go.
“It’s going to eventually save us some money and give us a lower bill right off the bat as soon as they’re put in,” he said.
Drozd said in one community, it took a couple of weeks to install thousands of lights, so it should take no time at all for the town’s 63 lights.
“We’re not really done investigating this yet, but do we want to go ahead and get our name on the list and sign this agreement,” Drake said. “What’s good about this plan is they would continue to do the maintenance.”
IN OTHER BUSINESS, the town authorized putting out proposals for mowing the town cemeteries and other town properties.
Drake said he’s considering having the cemeteries as one bid and the other town properties as another bid instead of all together on one as had been done previously.
Council member William Snyder, III said the town could do it both ways to see if there would be a cost savings of having two separate bids rather than one all together.
Drozd said in 2018 there had been some issues at the Concord Senior Center with mowing occuring during events at the center. He said he’d like to see language in the mowing contract to get a calendar from the senior center so mowing isn’t happening when people are going in and out.
“I was called up there myself twice,” he said. “We need to tighten that up a little bit.”
ALSO OF NOTE, the town approved the fuel bid from Crabb Energy Products of Arcade for the town’s highway department. The base price would be $1.859 plus any taxes for gasoline and $2.4703 plus any taxes for diesel.
Additionally, the town approved the 2019 junk yard permits from Mary Ann Jordan, Southern Tier Auto Center, Arthur P. King Auto Parts and Ronald Miller.
The town also approved the 2019 mining permits for McEwan Trucking, Schreiber & Winkelman, Joseph McCarthy, Gernatt Asphalt Products, Cold Spring Construction, D&H Materials Inc. and Triple R Properties.