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McKENZIE (November 14) — McKenzie Council members delayed action on a proposal to install overhead street lighting at the intersection of State Route 22 and University Drive and the …
McKENZIE (November 14) — McKenzie Council members delayed action on a proposal to install overhead street lighting at the intersection of State Route 22 and University Drive and the intersection of U.S. 79 and State Route 22 at the “Huntingdon” exit from U.S. 79. The proposal included security lights in the McKenzie Park on Como Street and Mulberry Park.
Mayor Jill Holland presented a proposal to borrow approximately $150,000 at 3.75 percent for 12 years with an debt service of $15,540 to service the loan. The mayor said many citizens complain about the dark intersections. She said new LED lights could be installed at the intersections where no lighting is now. Requests from the state Department of Transportation and state legislators has yielded no results, said the mayor. Lighting of the two intersections with LED lights and aluminum cantilever arms is estimated at $100,000 by TRANE, the company installing all new LED streetlights in the city. Another $50,000 is needed to install security lights at the two parks.
Councilman Bobby Young said the proposal was lots of money and he did not see the value in the proposal.
Holland said the proposal for the bonds is valid through December 12 when the council next meets. The mayor said the city has guaranteed financial savings with the recent installation of LED street lights throughout the city. Those savings could be applied to the purchase of the lighting at the two intersections, said the mayor.
Council members deferred action until December 12.