Article 28 - $245,241 for LED street lights  (459 Views)  (2 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Selectmen

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
2152 582 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting Yes

Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $245,241 for the purpose of replacing approximately 872 existing street lights with more energy efficient LED lighting. Further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into an agreement with Affinity Led Lighting and accept an expected rebate from Unitil Electric in the approximate amount of $122, 120? (Majority vote required)

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0

Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 8-0-0

Fiscal Impact Note (Finance Dept.) The estimated 2019 tax impact on $245,241 is $0.073 per $1,000 valuation (seven point three ce nts per thousand dollars of valuation).



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# Jerry Znoj Monday, February 18, 2019 9:11 AM
The economics of the presentation for this article were very favorable. I have questions however on the illumination advantage at street level.I did not hear any metrics on foot candles or lumens in terms of their advantage over the existing lights. In addition I did not hear how well the lights will hold up and be reliable environmentally. The elements such as wind ,rain ,heat and cold ,salt spray along route 1A and humidity .These all vary in strength and could impact reliability and cost of maintenance. I will check with Hampton DPW on these issues. .
# Jerry Znoj Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:22 PM
It all looks good . I contacted the Companies chief operating officer (with Hampton DPW cognizance) and in bullet form hear is what I found out:
1) It will pay for itself in 4 years
2) The units have a 10 year warranty
3) There will be at least a 20% improvement in brightness
(lumen's) at street level
4) It is a directed light that will not be loss to the sky or
nearby houses.
5) It is UL listed
6) It has been environmentally evaluated by outside labs
for all of my above concerns and has passed.
7) It will lower the towns light bill by $65,000 a year every
8 ) Several towns have installed them and no failures have
been reported.
9) Maintenance cost project to be very low.

I was invited to their factory in Dover ( a very small company) and saw no need to go there at this time .

Sounds like an excellent initiative on DPW 'S part and I intend to vote yes on this article.

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