Kettering council to continue street light upgrade

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Kettering council to continue street light upgrade

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City of Kettering. TREMAYNE HOGUE / STAFF

Kettering City Council voted 7-0 tonight to continue a system-wide street light upgrade, replacing nearly 1,000 outdated city-owned fixtures.

Kettering is looking to upgrade 970 light fixtures to LED. The resolution tonight authorizes the city manager to seek proposals for the conversion to the new bulbs.

The city has not yet estimated the cost of the upgrades.

Last October, the city began replacing nearly 2,200 mercury vapor and high-pressure sodium fixtures with brighter, longer-lasting LED lights.

Those 2,200 lights are owned and maintained by Miami Valley Lighting, a subsidiary of DPL Inc. In December 2015, Kettering renewed its contract with the company for a 10-year agreement, budgeted at $385,000 annually.

Assistant City Manager Steve Bergstresser said in December the remaining 970 light fixtures could receive the upgrades, but any decisions made on whether the city would move forward came down to a “financing issue.”

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