In an effort to save the municipality money and brighten up a dark road, the Public Works Committee has proposed that street lights on State Street be converted to LED lights. But before committing, borough assembly members requested that borough manager Scott Hahn discuss the legal aspects with Skagway Borough Attorney Bob Blasco.
The committee has worked with AP&T manager Darren Belisle, who said the LEDs would provide better light, but according to an engineer, they might not be as good as what is currently installed.
State Street is a federal highway and so lights on the road are a liability of the state.
Mayor Mark Schaefer said the lights are pleasant to look at, and added that the state hasn’t caught on to their value. The lights are currently installed on Broadway.
But with doubt from an engineer, Hahn said he would like to see continued research.
“We already have a professional saying it’s an unsafe level,” he said. “We need to make sure we have him double check and double check.”
The lights currently installed are also considered inadequate and cost more for the municipality.
“It seems like if we have to pay for the power, we should be able to put in a light that is cheap and adequate,” Assemblyman Steve Burnham Jr. said.
But assembly members agreed that the lights should be researched and the liability discussed with Blasco.