Changing street lights expected to save Taylor money

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – From mercury vapor to LED street lights, DTE Energy recently started work replacing them in the northeast section of the city and the change is expected to save the residents about $100,000 in energy fees.

The light changes began Feb. 13 and the work will continue through the first week of April, Deputy Director of Public Safety Glenn Nogiec said.

“Taylor will realize a reduction of rates,” Nogiec said.

Nogiec said the city spends $1.8 million for street lights each year.

The move is an effort to maintain and improve the city’s infrastructure. DTE was authorized to replace existing aging mercury vapor street lights with LED light fixtures. Corby Energy Services is performing the conversion work under DTE’s authority.

CES crews will be in the targeted areas with lift trucks and supply vehicles, changing the lights between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work will be performed continuously except when conditions are prohibitive, such as rain or snow.

The light fixture conversion work is expected to proceed according to the following sequence and estimated time frames, as determined by DTE and CES, to be the most efficient sequence and schedule.

Area one: Bounded by Ecorse, Pelham, Goddard and Telegraph roads; duration: approximately four weeks.

Area two: Bounded by Ecorse, Telegraph, Goddard and Inkster roads; duration: approximately two weeks.

Area three: Bounded by Goddard, Telegraph, Pennsylvania and Inkster roads; duration: approximately one week.

Area four: Bounded by Goddard, Allen, Pennsylvania and Telegraph roads; duration: approximately one week.

Nogiec said the streetlights north of I-94 are high-pressure sodium lights, and are not part of this phase of the project. This phase is targeting mercury vapor lights in other sections of the community.

City officials ask that when people see the CES vehicles in their area, avoid parking under street lights to provide a safer and more productive working environment. City officials said trash pickup will not be affected by this work.

City officials said DTE and CES will try to limit the inconvenience as best as possible.

For questions or concerns, contact Nogiec at 734-374-1425 or gnogiec@ci.taylor.mi.us.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)