The replacement of streetlights has stalled due to supply issues.
This was the main issue of concern brought to Brookhaven Town Councilors on Tuesday by Entergy’s Dusty Shack.
In what Shack called a “system-wide” problem, Entergy was unable to secure out-of-stock LED supplies to update or replace city lights. While some lights are still sodium, the city has chosen to switch to LED lighting, which is cheaper in the long run.
âIf I remember correctly, when we replaced a lot of lights with LEDs years ago, they paid for themselves in 10 months with the amount of money the city saved,â said Mayor Joe. Cox.
âRight,â Shack said.
Shack said Entergy is developing a plan to replace and / or install new LED lighting along the highway. 51 from Country Club Road to Industrial Park Road.
âI don’t know if you’re going to want to do it because the cost will be high,â he said. He will present the plan to the board once it is completed. Responding to questions from several city councilors, Shack said his team would prepare proposals for any area they submit to public works manager Keith Lewis.
Shack said he was asked to discuss the use of certain Entergy light poles for access to security cameras.
âMy supervisor reviewed it, as have I. If the city is to move forward, each individual location will be a required deal,â Shack said. “Each individual pole has its own required agreement, and each will have the cost of installation.”
Installing the necessary parts on selected poles will allow the municipality to use the access to install a camera on that pole, Shack explained.
Police Chief Kenneth Collins believes the cameras installed throughout the city will help reduce crime and provide video recordings that can help solve crimes.
âI suggest a pilot program in one or two areas to see how it works,â Shack said.
The board will review the information and deal with it at a subsequent meeting.
In other matters, counsel:
â¢ Approved the hiring of Canon Travis as a firefighter at $ 28,646.50 per year, pending a drug test and physical exam.
â¢ Deviation approved by the Adjustment Council to allow the relocation of a sign on Woodland Hill; a fee of $ 250 will be paid for the variance to the board of directors or the planning committee.
â¢ Approved sod cut on two abandoned properties.
â¢ Approval of the November payroll and the transfer of funds to cover: general, $ 245,456.50; water / sewer, $ 9,744.18; and solid waste, $ 398.15.
â¢ Received the November income and expense report from the City Clerk.
â¢ Obtained the November Privilege license report showing sales of $ 2,201.32.
â¢ Received the November Municipal Court report indicating revenues of $ 16,433.92 ($ 6,802.74 goes to the state).
â¢ Claim files approved for $ 2,339,985.77.
â¢ Received the Trail Report from the Brookhaven Fire Department in November – 27 routes within town and two routes outside of town limits.
â¢ Approved Payment Request # 7 to Dickerson & Bowen in the amount of $ 23,781.17 for work on a city wide paving project; transfer funds from the paving obligation.
â¢ Approved annual clothing allowance of $ 600 for Chief of Police Kenneth Collins.
â¢ Approved renewal of Curtis Oliver on the Adjustment Board as Ward One representative for four years.
â¢ Approved monthly rental rate of $ 400 plus the cost of metered electricity for the new Hangar K at the Brookhaven / Lincoln County Airport.
â¢ Approved withdrawal of the BPD 15 unit, a 2018 Ford Police Interceptor; total loss insurance claim.
â¢ Approved payment request # 1 and final to Greenbriar Digging Services in the amount of $ 48,650 for the replacement of the water pipe on Jennifer Street; revise the water and sewer budget to include the project.
â¢ Approved to receive and bid less than Greenbriar in the amount of $ 11,100 for the Halbert Heights / Virginia Avenue Sewer Extension. Another offer was received from Ross Jackson Plumbing for $ 12,500.
â¢ Approved Payment Claim # 3 from Greenbriar in the amount of $ 25,080 for work on the KDMC / Town of Brookhaven water supply well.
â¢ Approved Payment Request # 3 from Greenbriar in the amount of $ 343,317.84 for stored materials and work performed on the West Meadowbrook Sewer Improvement Project; transfer funds from water / sewer reserve to cover.
â¢ Approved Payment Claim # 5 from Dickerson & Bowen in the amount of $ 65,147.47 for work completed on the Brookhaven Airport Rehabilitation Project.
â¢ Approved to advertise the demolition and removal of dilapidated structures.
â¢ LMD Management’s lowest I-55 Exit 42 lawn care offer approved at $ 1,025 per cut, under one year contract. The other offers received were from Lawn Tech Services at $ 1,044 and C&M Lawn Care at $ 1,500.
â¢ Retail. Sgt. Latoya Beacham will attend CIP 2022-A class January 17-20, January 24-27; February 14-17, 21-24; March 21-24, 28-31; April 18-21, 25-28; May 16-19, 23-25; reimbursement of meals only. Travel and accommodation provided at no cost to the city.