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City of Decatur delays streetlight replacement

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City of Decatur delays streetlight replacement

Decatur City Hall.
Decatur City Hall.

Decatur City Hall.

The city of Decatur has informed Georgia Power that intends to hold off on replacing the city’s streetlights with LED fixtures.

Earlier this year, the Decatur City Commission approved a proposal to replace “approximately 1,379 high-pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor (MV) light fixtures with LED fixtures.”

During its July 5 meeting, Assistant City Manager David Junger told the City Commission the city has decided to wait until 3000 Kelvin LED light fixtures are available.

Junger told Decaturish, “The 3000 Kelvin lights have been engineered to be less in the bright white to blue light scale, which has been [the] largest complaint on the 4000 Kelvin fixtures.”

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He told City Commissioners that the delay will be a “couple of months.”

“We’ll likely be the first community to move in that direction,” Junger said. “It sounds like that’s becoming their standard fixture.”

In other business, commissioners approved an agreement with the PATH Foundation for a master plan for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The PATH Foundation is paying half of the $24,200 fee for the planning services. Under the terms of the agreement, PATH will help the city evaluate existing and proposed bike and pedestrian facilities. PATH will also help the city find opportunities, “to develop a city-wide network of bike/pedestrian improvements.” That will include potential connections with facilities outside of Decatur.

Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon said the city could link up its pedestrian and bike facilities with Emory University’s.

“We’ve got existing facilities, ones that are on the books, ones that have been suggested and we’re trying to look at those to see where we fill in the gaps,” Saxon said.

He said the planning process will take six to eight months.

Editor’s note: Due to a prior conflict, Decaturish was unable to personally attend the July 5 City Commission meeting. This report was partially compiled by watching the live video feed of the meeting.