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Natchez board gives green light to replace all city lights
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August 15, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Plans are underway for Natchez to replace more than 3,800 lights in city-owned facilities and streets to save an estimated $78,000 or more a year.

City aldermen voted Tuesday to negotiate a contract with Schneider Electric to implement the energy-efficiency program.
Mayor Darryl Grennell said the installment of LED lighting and other efficiencies will produce “a major saving” for the city that could total an estimated $2.4 million in a 20-year period.

The mayor did not know Tuesday how much the city would be paying to implement this with the European-based Schneider overseeing the project. Financing does include the city borrowing money through a bond issue.

Most of the discussions at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting focused on the cost reductions from replacing all interior and exterior lights in buildings, streets, parks and other facilities owned and operated by the city. This includes the Natchez Convention Center and City Auditorium.

The project is to also bring a new air-conditioning system and roof for the City Council Chambers building where the Board of Aldermen and mayor meet.

The new lights will make streets brighter and curtail energy consumption in buildings, according to a report presented to the board by Schneider representative Allie Harris.

LED (light-emitting diode) is considered one of the most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

Schneider Electric – a global corporation with a presence in more than 100 countries – specializes in the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, infrastructure and industries.

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Natchez police officers are getting new shirt badges to replace those considered too large. Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said Tuesday the costs will total about $5,000 for the new ones being purchased from Eagle pawn shop in Natchez.

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Natchez Fire Chief Aaron Wesley said the city needs to provide signing bonuses to lure new firefighters. He said few recruits are applying to work at the Natchez Fire Department because of its low pay. “It’s hard to get people at the wages we are paying,” Wesley told the mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The board agreed to formulate some type of one-time pay supplement for new NFD recruits who complete a qualification process.




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