OGDENSBURG An upgrade to the lights along the Maple City Trail may be coming this spring.
City Council members last week gave City Manager John M. Pinkerton permission to look into installing light-emitting diode bulbs along the trail.
Mayor William D. Nelson said there are no cost estimates yet, but he believes the project could end up saving the city a significant amount of money on energy bills.
I think these LED lights will be a huge improvement, Mr. Nelson said, citing their increased lifespan and energy efficiency.
Mr. Nelson said he saw the impact of LED lights at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, where he is facilities manager, when the hospital changed over some of its bulbs.
The payback is incredible, he said.
Mr. Nelson said if the city gets grant money, it could recoup its costs within six months.
I think thats extremely important, he said.
Mr. Nelson also said the white light the LEDs emit could make the trail look nicer.
The current lights are roughly 20 years old, Mr. Nelson said.
City Parks and Recreation Department Director Matthew J. Curatolo said the bulbs along the trail are replaced at least once a year and cost $28 each.
However, before any upgrades are made along the trail, the city will have to trouble-shoot an electrical problem that has shut off the lights for the rest of the winter.
The problem, which became apparent about a week ago, is thought to be a broken wire somewhere underground, Mr. Curatolo said.
Its going to take some time to figure out where the issue is. As soon as the weather turns, well get them fixed for the public, Mr. Curatolo said.
Because the wires are underground, Mr. Nelson said, city crews will have to hold off until the ground thaws before being able to isolate the source of the problem.