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City's bright idea needs to happen quickly for rebate
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McMinnville officials are not burned out on the idea of replacing the city’s existing streetlights with LED bulbs. However, a deadline switch could dim their chances for a larger rebate.Streets and Sanitation Committee members Billy Wood, chairman, Rick Barnes and Jimmy Bonner met Tuesday night to consider a TVA Lighting Rebate that could cut the cost of switching the city’s current high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock says he and Mayor Jimmy Haley met with McMinnville Electric System general manager and CEO Rodney Boyd and Ralph Dunn about the rebate. They found the deadline for rebate approval has been changed from the end of 2014 to the end of this month.“We thought we had an end of the year deadline, but that deadline has been moved up because of what TVA wants,” said Brock.