Brookhaven Town officials plan to ask the U.S. Department of Energy to repurpose $900,000 in grant funds to replace streetlighting fixtures.
Town officials said they believe the federal government will allow for the money to be used for that purpose. The town board is to take up the issue at its Thursday meeting.
The $900,000 is what remains from a $4 million grant the department awarded in 2009 in part for energy improvements to homes and town buildings, as well as solar programs, town officials said.
The request, if approved by resolution, would be part of a larger project Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro proposed Monday to replace nearly half the town’s light fixtures.
Losquadro wants the town board to consider a $4 million capital improvement project that would replace 20,000 old streetlighting fixtures with energy-efficient lights over a two-year period.
He said replacing the old lights would save the town $1 million in electricity costs during the two years.
“The new LED lights use less power and they are much more durable,” Losquadro said after his presentation at Monday’s town board work session. “A regular streetlight might last a few years, depending on the type of bulb it is.” The new lights can last 20 years, he said.
Brookhaven has 45,000 light fixtures and in recent years has replaced 5,000 of them, highway department officials said.
Town board members may also set a public hearing on Losquadro’s proposal at Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. instead of the usual 5:30 p.m. start.
Town officials said older residents have requested more daytime meetings so they can attend but not have to drive in the dark.