As we approach the April 17 City Council meeting, here’s a preview of what the City Council will hear. As always, you may view the full agenda here.
Several organizations – including the League of California Cities, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the California Police Chiefs Association – have requested that the City provide a resolution stating its position on several upcoming state legislative items.
Briefly, these organizations are requesting support on:
Public Works seeks approval to retrofit the City’s lighting system
As part of the City’s efforts to retrofit its 6.6-amp series lighting system, Public Works is requesting the purchase of 111 transformers for a total amount of $64,661.94. This will upgrade one third of the City’s lighting system, allowing LED fixtures to be installed.
As a bit of background, there are currently 300 street lights in the community that are controlled by a 6.6-amp power supply. Light bulbs are no longer made for this system, and the specialized kits that are used are expensive and unreliable. A permanent solution would involve a conversion to a 120-volt system, which would require the City to replace all the conduit and wiring attached to the street lights. This would require a budget of over three million dollars. To keep the existing system operational until a funding source is found, Public Works is proposing the purchase of a special transformer that would allow each street light to use a standard voltage lighting fixture. This would also allow the City to use LED fixtures, which provide more consistent illumination, a longer lifespan and reduced energy costs.
Staff from Public Works is recommending that the City Council approve the purchase order of $64,661.94 for the new transformers.