Crestview council and Gulf Power fixing streetlight billing

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North Crestview streetlights reflect in a roadside pond on a recent morning. A Public Works survey found more than 1,700 streetlights in the city, but the city is billed for hundreds more.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — As city department heads search for ways to trim their budgets, the Public Works department has found one area where expenses can be reduced: street lighting.

The city's street lighting bill ranges between $30,000 and $33,000 a month, Public Works Director Wayne Steele said.

He said his department is preparing a grant application that would retrofit the city's high-pressure sodium streetlights with cost- and energy-efficient LED lighting.

"It'll be additional income for next year that we'll need for balancing the budget," assistant director Carlos Jones said.

Working with Gulf Power, the city has installed four LED streetlights on Industrial Drive between U.S. Highway 90 and Stillwell Boulevard to test the technology.

But there might be even more savings to be found, Steele said. To complete the grant application, Steele's department did a survey of all of the city's streetlights, finding 1,738 "cobra head" lights.

But, he said, Gulf Power bills the city for 2,855 cobra heads — the type of common streetlight that, from below, resembles a cobra's flared neck.

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