Town of Union to convert all street lights to LED technology

TOWN OF UNION, N.Y. - The Town of Union is flipping the switch to LED technology.

The Town will be replacing all of its 6,800 street lights, including ones in the Villages of Endicott and Johnson City

Diekow Electric of Marathon has been contracted to convert the lights to LED's for $3.2 million.

The process began in 2008 when the Town identified aging street lights.

During that time, the Public Service Commision changed the street light classifications which transitioned maintenance responsibility from NYSEG to the Town.

Currently, when a light burns out, NYSEG dispatches a crew to assess the situation and will either replace it or call the Town if there is extensive damage.

Under the new agreement, the Town will be solely responsible for replacement.

"In a densely populated town like Union is, with the Villages of Endicott and Johnson City and Endwell, it's important to have a strong light to deter any type of bad or negative elements," said Town of Union Councilman Tom Augostini.

The lights come with a 10-year warranty, with Diekow Electric making all replacements and repairs for the first 2 years.

From year 3 to10, the Town will make the repairs, but can receive labor reimbursement.

Augostini says the Town will save over $350,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs.

The project should be complete by the fall.


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