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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 16


Meeting Date: February 13, 2001

Subject/Title: PG&E Streetlight Installation

Submitted by: Engineering: Jon Stevenson/S. Gronlund

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Authorize the City Engineer to add new streetlights on existing Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) poles within the City as an on-going process.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On August 25,1998 the City Council authorized the City Engineer to proceed with the installation of approximately 49 streetlights in various areas of the City.

On June 13, 2000 the City Council authorized the City Engineer to proceed with the installation of streetlights within the Downtown area and to continue checking for additional areas in the City which may need street lights.

BACKGROUND
From time to time, City staff receives requests from business owners and residential property owners for the City to install streetlights on existing PG&E poles. After a field investigation, staff typically determines that an additional light would provide a safety benefit and improve the quality of life for our residents and commercial users. In the past, staff has provided a list of the proposed poles for streetlights to the Council for approval. Council would approve the cost of the installation of the light shielding, if needed, and provide funding for maintenance and energy costs. Currently there is no mechanism for staff to implement this request without taking this item to Council. Approving this staff report will give the City Engineer flexibility to judiciously install luminaries on existing poles.

PG&E‘s policy regarding this program is that they will furnish and install the lights at no charge and bill the City on a monthly basis for the energy utilized. Previous light installations have included shielding to ensure that the lights illuminate the street and not residents’ windows. The estimated cost of shielding is approximately $150 per light. In commercial areas, shielding is not required. The cost of power for the lights on a monthly basis will be approximately $10 per month per light, depending on the wattage of the light, or $1,560 annually.

Typically the City receives less than three requests like this per year. This authorization does not include installation of new poles. Requests of the latter nature will be brought to the Council on an individual, case-by-case, basis.

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