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Street lights for Taber’s downtown core

Posted on February 23, 2022 by Taber Times

By Kenyon Stronski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

At the Nov. 22 regular meeting of council, it was moved by Coun. Joanne Sorensen that council direct administration to investigate the cost of improving the street lighting in downtown Taber and for that information to be brought to a future meeting.

Ramin Lahiji, manager of engineering and public works for the Town of Taber, took the stand to present the information gathered to council at their Feb. 14 meeting.

“Currently, there are 11 light bulbs and two power poles on 48 Avenue. Existing lights are 35-foot steel poles, and each light has overhead wiring. I requested a quote from Fortis to replace and install new light poles, they submitted some stuff, so we reviewed it and picked two fixtures that were like the already existing lights. The first fixture is a very close match to the existing ones. We will salvage 11 existing street lights and install 19 LED ones. The estimate is $325,000. Two is almost the same as option one, but we will install 19 decorative street poles and 19 150 watt LEDs. The estimated cost is $304,000. For this project, we will be drilling under 48 Avenue to place a conduit and wiring to each light underground, and we will be slightly changing the arrangement,” said Lahiji.

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