Washington City Council approves supporting chambers LED holiday light initiative

Holiday lights around the Washington square have received an LED upgrade this winter and the Chamber is looking to extend the lights to side streets along the square.

Washington Chamber of Commerce Director Michelle Redlinger approached the Washington City Council at the Tuesday, April 16, meeting to explain the upgrade that happened last year was due in large part to a grant. She said the switch to LED bulbs has created an almost 70 percent decrease in utility costs.

“In the process of that we also identified some areas on the square and what we call the super-square, those adjacent streets, that did not have holiday lights or also need improvement,” she explained.

Redlinger said in the 2018 contribution, the city allotted $1,000 for the update and was asking for an increased contribution not to exceed $4,000 for 2019 upgrades. The Chamber and Betterment Foundation have also committed to giving the same amount to allow for upgraded lights around the square.

“The purpose is better lights, its decreased utility charges and decreased maintenance as we’re hoping to change the bulbs less frequently,” she said.

Lights purchased with this contrubition will be added to buildings along side streets, such as the State Theatre, Edward Jones and Allen Mitchell, which do not currently have any. The lights are expected to be installed in summer/fall 2019 before the lighting ceremony in November.

The $4,000 contribution was approved unanimously by the council.