City forges ahead with LED lighting

JOHNSTOWN —City government is forging ahead with its citywide LED lighting project.

The Common Council last week at City Hall approved a performance contract agreement with Siemens Industry, Inc.

Prior to the meeting, Mayor Vern Jackson said street lights and other lights in city government will be receiving newer LED technology.

“We’re a little bit closer,” the mayor said.

The council approved a resolution with Siemens after following a Request for Qualifications process. The city sought proposals from interested companies for an energy performance contract to acquire existing street lighting from National Grid and the procurement and installation necessary to upgrade all lighting fixtures to LED lighting under the city’s ownership,

Last Aug. 20, the council accepted a proposal submitted by Siemens Industry, Inc., which provides guaranteed savings from energy efficiencies resulting from the use of LED technology, reduced maintenance costs, and through the elimination of certain service and maintenance charges from National Grid. Siemens completed the investment grade audit, which compared the type, wattage, location and pole number for each street lighting facility within the city, comparing the data received to existing inventories carried by National Grid.

In other council business:

∫ A resolution passed adopting a local law to amend to amend the Johnstown City Charter to create an internal control officer position and department in the city.

∫ Jackson was authorized to execute an agreement with Tina Dimitriadis to provide assessment support services for the city. She was reappointed as the city assessor, as a subcontractor, with a term beginning Oct. 1, 2019 through September 30, 2023. She will perform professional assessment supportive services for an amount not to exceed $30,000 annually.

∫ City Engineer Christopher Vose was authorized to advertise certain city owned obsolete vehicles on The city reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

∫ The council passed a resolution to advertise, once in The Leader-Herald, the official newspaper for the city of Johnstown, that the city is accepting Requests for Proposals for telecommunication services. The deadline for a written response is 11 a.m. June 11 at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

∫ The mayor was authorized to execute a contract with Western Contractors, LLC, to repair the roof at the Johnstown Fire Department in the amount of $94,316. The department is in need of repairs to its roof due to wind damage.

By Patricia Older

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