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Smith wants LED streetlights
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Will the city of McMinnville be the first municipality in the state to replace its existing streetlights with LED bulbs? Alderman Ken Smith wants the measure to be considered by the Streets and Sanitation Committee.The proposal was made Tuesday night during a Finance Committee meeting.“The city has a golden opportunity to be the first in the state to use all LEDs in its streetlights,” said Smith, who is committee chairman. “LEDs are more energy efficient and will save the city on its energy cost.”Currently, the city uses traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs that were invented in 1964 and are not considered as energy efficient as light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.According to numbers offered during the meeting by McMinnville Electric System general manager and CEO Rodney Boyd, the city paid $196,248 in fiscal year 2012-13 on streetlights that contain HPS bulbs and the city could save approximately $5,989 annually changing to LED bulbs.McMinnville currently has 1,265 streetlights on roads not considered state routes.