Streetlights Removal in Baldwin Should Start This Month

Also, the Baldwin Pool will stay open late on Community Day and other notes from a May 15 borough meeting.

Streetlights Removal Starting

Crews from Duquesne Light will descend on to remove starting as early as the end of this month, Baldwin Manager John Barrett said a borough council meeting on Tuesday night.

Barrett said that the removal process, which is expected to save borough taxpayers an estimated $66,000 annually in energy costs, should take 60-90 days to complete.

A joint recommendation by Baldwin Mayor Alexander R. Bennett Jr. and  Sgt. Kim Reising was to take away 376 borough lights, but after hearing concerns from residents during two special public meetings (, ) on the subject—as well as from emails and phone calls—Bennett and Reising pared their elimination list down by 10 lights.

Nevertheless, the borough is losing over 27 percent of its streetlights.

Significant energy savings will not be realized until another year, as Duquesne Light will charge around $58,000 to remove the lights.

Route 51 Pedestrian Safety

The Baldwin Borough Council, by a 6-0 vote on Tuesday, awarded Alpha Space Control Company, of Franklin County, PA, a contract not to exceed $8,035 for crosswalk painting at three busy intersections on Route 51. (Councilman John Ferris was absent.)

The lines will be painted between  and Irwin Drive, between  and Grace Street, and between  and Streets Run Road (on the  border), roughly.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has OK'd crosswalks for those intersections, but Baldwin will be responsible for paying for them. Where the money will come from exactly has yet to be determined, but borough leaders are considering shifting money around under a current budget plan, possibly pulling from labor savings realized by a mild winter.

Barrett said that borough officials are continuing to investigate the possibility of adding a left turning arrow at the Irwin intersection, as well.

On Feb. 1, a woman was , and on March 8, a man was .

Borough Engineer Pays for Extended Pool Hours on Community Day

Baldwin Councilman Ed Moeller thanked the borough's engineering firm of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc., for agreeing to cover the cost of opening the for free public access from 1 to 8 p.m. on Baldwin Community Day, Saturday, June 2.

Because of the firm's generosity, Moeller said, the swimming portion of Community Day this year is able to be extended from its normal 5 p.m. closing time. All are welcome.

Moeller hopes that the extra hours will keep people near the borough's municipal complex longer than usual to enjoy a fireworks show that starts at around 10 p.m.

Barrett expects that the cost to operate the pool on Community Day will be around $600.

REMINDER: Local Real Estate Tax Bills to Hit Borough Residents in February

Councilman Michael Stelmasczyk reminded borough residents on Tuesday night that a  has authorized the borough tax collector to rein in real estate taxes next year starting on Feb. 1.

Road Maintenance/Paving Project

The Baldwin Council, by a 6-0 vote on Tuesday, awarded Michael Facchiano Contracting, Inc., of Mt. Lebanon, a contract not to exceed $713,260 for the borough's 2012 road maintenance/paving project.

Recognition for Councilman

The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) honored Baldwin Councilman John Conley recently with a Cecil K. Leberknight Award.

According to a news release, the award, named after former PSAB President Leberknight in honor of his faithful service to the association for more than four decades, is given annually to promote interest in borough government and to recognize faithful and effective service by borough officials.

Among those receiving the award are mayors, council members, secretaries, managers and treasurers who have completed 10 or more years of borough service.

Hole-in-One for Mayor

Mayor Bennett had his first ever hole-in-one the other day, a topic brought up lightheartedly at Tuesday's meeting.

"I hardly ever hit a green," the mayor said.

Bennett used a 9-iron on a 118-yard hole at Pine Grove Golf Course in Grove City Borough on Saturday.

A Finger Saved Could Be Millions Earned

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JustMe May 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
bd so true there, that is why my friends taxes have doubled out in Las Vegas, they had these people come in and say they are going to save them money 70% to 90%, yet the scammers selling this know darn well that they are going to make big profits off this and cause our taxes to go way out of proportion.
bd May 19, 2012 at 05:13 PM
S, Taylor - We've been through this argument already. It is false. The police department recommended the removal of the lights. They would not jeopardize your safety. If you think things are changing for the negative, then stop whining and do something positive to change it.
JustMe May 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
A J could you please tell us what town in Georgia was told this? I have done some research on this and from what I read, Georgia Power has been working with towns to change over to LED streetlights and they have doing this over the last 5 years. They sell the excess power to other cities and states so their isn't an overload in their grids. Georgia Power is working towards helping consumers, towns and companies go green to save money. There is 2 studies going on right now that Georgia Power is doing on LED streetlights in two different towns and have had positive results and are encouraging towns to start using LED streetlights.
A.J. Barrett May 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Just Me... We are in Watkinsville, GA... Ga Pwr has done 2 year "studies" on small applications. As far as "Too good to be true"... it's the simplicity of the math... A 100 Watt bulb running at 10 hours uses 1000 kW/hr. You replace that wit a 10 Watt LED it's 100 Watts or .1 kW/hr. So on the 376 streetlights, and let's just assume 400 Watts instead of the 1000 Watts they probablay consume... At $.08 per kW/hr. (which is very low)...these lights are using 62,821 kWh... the LED's will use 12,728 kWh... this means that the money spent per month would be $5,281 on the old lights and 1,070 on the new LED's. Saving $3,786 per month. We install with no money down and no cash out of pocket. So after the monthly payment for the lights at $4,002.56 they are still putting over a hundred dollars back in their pocket every month! With the savings they are projecting from the rejmoval, the night lighting must only cost $.04 kWh from Duquesne power... I've never seen power this low...
A.J. Barrett May 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Correction: 100 Watt bulb running 10 hrs is 1000 Watts or 1 kilowatt hr.
JustMe June 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM
AJ Barrett, so how does your company make money, yet doesn't charge for bulbs, labor to install lights. There is a big catch somewhere where the borough would end up getting slammed with a big bill to pay. Nothing comes for free cause there is always a catch.
JustMe June 03, 2012 at 11:44 PM
How does your company make money?
A.J. Barrett June 04, 2012 at 01:53 PM
We do charge for the lights and installation and get payments for that from a percentage of the electric bill savings that we convert to cash. 75-90% savings adds up to be a substantial amount every month. For instance, on one parking deck at a local hospital we're saving them almost $3000 a month off what that had been paying in electric costs every month. They get this the first month the lights are installed. The payment on the lights runs about $2200 so they still pocket $800 in cash to their bottom line EVERY MONTH. It's a win-win-win situation for everybody and the planet...
Cecelia Moon June 22, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Wow, How did I miss this? *grin* Greetings to all. I would like to address some of these questions. AJ and I own ther company. Lets address some of your excellent points. We met with Walton EMC and Georgia Power: We were specifically told, "that outside lights that were owned by them would not be allowed to go LED until the power companies are ready to make the move." That makes sense as they have created their company budget based against the current usage of its customers. Drastic drops in consumption would wreck their budget. They are not ready to make a move and until they are, the exterior lighting from them, will generate the monies they need. Seriously, how can there be any sort of "wait and see" when bulbs with mercury in them are being thrown away daily by several MILLION consumer. By the way- I am not aware of any way to remove mercury, from anything, animals, fish, people, ground water, dirt in itself *lol*. Exposure to 1 broken (CFL)bulb, probably won't hurt much. 10 Years worth, leaves horror for our children. Continued below (character shortage)
Cecelia Moon June 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
How do we make money: Right now, making money isn't our prime directive. It would be nice, but we are keeping our day jobs to pay the bills. Our main drive is to lower the consumption of energy. We are directed at the largest energy consumers in our communities. Gotta start somewhere eh? Our no money out of pocket = for those that need to finance. We have remarkable green lenders that are paid by the monies saved each month. We install the bulbs; they immediately see the drop in usage, aka the savings. The money they saved is redirected to the lender so the customer sees absolutely no additional expense than they had before we cleared the door. MOST of the time, there is more than enough energy cost savings to even put money back in the customer's pocket each month in addition to their payment. Example below
Cecelia Moon June 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
ex: -Store currently pays $3,000.00 a month for their lighting costs, when we come in. -We can replace their lights (equipment, labor, sales tax, any profit we have built in) for "X". -All is paid by the lender / lights are installed -The customer is now paying $1,800.00 a month for their lighting costs -That leaves $1200.00 surplus for what they were paying when we walked in the door. -Their payment to the lender = $850.00 a month TOTAL -They will have 350.00 a month to immediately put back into the business and within 3-5 years re: lending choices, the ENTIRE 1200.00 will go back into the business every month. -Also LED will increase the value of the business and the property. Residential applications of LED are still more expensive than the consumer wants to pay, even tho they can last 20 yrs. The large energy consumers will see the biggest savings at this point in the LED game which is why we started there.
Cecelia Moon June 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
re: Increase in crime and less lighting will ABSOLUTELY make a difference. It's called the "Broken Windows Theory" and huge liability - when a community does not maintain an area, then it appears as though no one is paying attention and or cares. And becomes hot beds for vandalism, and illegal activities. Same reason you don't put a huge row of bushes blocking the front door, or you leave an outside light on at your personal residence. You need to be able to see and function in the environment. I can't comment on the Baldwin specifics, but I have seen our program work and I am proud to be a part of making such a big difference. LED will lower the cost of doing business. That helps everyone, the business owner, the environment, future generations......... I want to thank you for taking the time to read my response. Take care/ Cecelia Moon / President Greensource=mc2
Cecelia Moon June 22, 2012 at 05:51 PM
You scared me there for a sec....*lol*
Cecelia Moon June 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
re: nothing for free, that is my experience too *lol*. The municipalities that go LED even have better lending programs available, as they can use their saved monies all year long, or allow it to earn interest for the city sitting in their own account and then make 1 payment for the year and every year (3-5 relative to the lending choices) until it's paid off. Credit is not super relative, as the savings IS AUTOMATIC and our green lenders are paid from the savings.
cc June 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Oklahoma City engineers want to test the lights for a year before they commit to investing in them. They have concerns that the current technology is not good enough. One complaint with LEDs is that the light they shine is too directional. That means the city may have to buy more lights to cover the same amount of space. But if you have to use ten times as many lights then you're really not saving anything. If Baldwin would of replaced 367 incandescent lamps to LED, they would have to add 9 more telephone poles around the area that they replaced the incandescent light. They also say that a LED don't last 12 years. in 2 years they can lose up to 70% of their output. In the long run It costs a lot of money to use less electricity using LED Lights.
cc June 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
How much exactly is the "X", cost per putting in a light. How much money are you paying to the lender on interest? How much is the electric bill for the 10 lights that is going to be needed to replace one incandescent lamps for the same brightness? What proof is there that LED lights increase the value of the business or property?
A.J. Barrett June 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The LED retrofits we use have lensing available. For instance, the Univ. of Ga. had "acorn" sidewalk lights they wanted to convert to LED. They are 40-45 ft from each other. We configured a lensing to make a more oval projection as opposed to a circular projection to keep the ilumination on the sidewalk. Problem solved. Where did you get that the 9 additional poles needed? And yes,m people are wary because some China-made products aren't up to standards. But people wanting to "cut costs" see a LED on the internet and think, "That's just as good but cheaper." Wrong. Ours are made in America. And, yes of course, they are DLC approved, UL listed for field retrofits (the only one), Lighting facts partner, Rohs, CE. Our credibility is supported by performance data and testing through UL and CUL independent laboratory testing. Our retrofit kits are ARRA compliant and LM79/LM80 tested. Our manufacturer packages PHILIPS Xitanium® LED Drivers with it's LED Retrofit Kits and LED Fixtures. Xitanium is a specialized power supply that provides both brain and muscle for our solid-state lighting systems. Full 5 year Guarantee provided by Philips. 120-480V are available. Ours don't lose their output and are rated at 1000,000 hours plus. It saves a lot of money to use LED's, but some misinformed/uninformed people are afraid of change.
A.J. Barrett June 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
"X' cost is 30 minutes of your IBEW electrician's time, $45/hr here, plus the cost of the light, about $700 for a 400W replacement. 10 lights to replace one? Are you on glue? Where did this come from? 0% interest for municipalities because we're trying to do the right thig and save the planet for our children. "What proof that LED's increase property value"? Well, I'm on planet Earth where this is true... where are you?
Cecelia Moon June 25, 2012 at 04:25 PM
aww, lost my last post. trying again. re: the light how can I be sure? Well there are several reasons. 1) Because I don't back/sell or promote anything I am NOT sure of *grin*. 2) I provide a guarantee that says it will do what I says it will do :) OR an insurance company pays the difference 3) How much am I paying the lender on interest? Obviously I can't speak for the lender or leasing company re: their rates, but municipalities tote a 0 (ZERO) interest rate. if I tell you, that you are paying 800.00 a month for your current lighting. (I am able to specifically define what is spent on the lighting currently in place from MATH) and your payment is within what you save each month, then the owner is NOT out of pocket any money as they would be paying the utility company that 800.00 a month, every month……. anyway. If you replace that 400 watt metal halide with a 98 watt bulb, there is NO PHYSICAL way, a savings is not achieved. Re: how much is the cost of each bulb, well that too certainly depends on the shape, use, size and need of the customer.
Cecelia Moon June 25, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Re: 10 lights needed to replace 1 incandescent??? Sir, I have no idea where you are getting your information or your products. In our products………..1 incandescent bulb is replaced by 1 LED bulb to guarantee equal or better lighting than is currently in place. Our lights are dimmable, programmable, motion sensor all in an effort to provide exceptional lighting. We try to use our local resources, i.e. installations are filtered through the IBEW to create local jobs, we always try to buy American made when possible and this really is a win, win…. There are no gimmicks, this is actual science. We use programs and tools to define the current lighting needs and develop the photo metrics to show you the light spread and ensure you are saving and getting what you think you are getting. Re: proof, on the property being more valuable?? Ok, logic: 2 identical businesses up for sale: One has power bill of $3,000.00, new lighting fixtures, no bulb replacement or lighting maintenance needed for 20 years and a guarantee. The other has a power bill of $7,500.00 a month, their ballasts are going out and the government says they can no longer buy the t12 tube so they will have the fixture and labor expense within the next couple of years. Which business would you buy?
Cecelia Moon June 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
*smack* behave yourself.... He is just misinformed. You know the BIGGEST hurdle is educating folks.
cc June 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM
First of all cc i am not a sir and we had a few companies come in trying to see us on the LED lights for our warehouse and for the storage units that we rent out in Westmoreland County. I have been doing research on these lights for the last 2 years and your not telling the whole story. It would cost just as much to light LED lights for 10-12 yearsor better to pay everything off. The only way that we could get the savings as you claim is if we purchased all the material our self and hired an electrician to come in and install everything. LED lights also after 2 years on continuous use lose their wattage and you might be giving a 5 year warranty but the lights just don't last that long. I have all LED lights in my office right now and the bulbs that are 2 years old are not as bright as the ones that are brand new. I talked to them at Phillips, as that is who's lightbulbs I use for in my office and they won't replace them. We are an American company and stick with using American products and about 10% of the things we purchase aren't made in America. You talk a good talk but i'm not buying 3/4 of what you say.
cc June 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
How does the brightness of led lighting compare to incandescent lighting? Led light bulbs are much brighter than incandescent or halogen bulbs of the same wattage, but led bulbs are not available in very high wattages. Thus, when replacing incandescent or halogen lamps with led lamps, more led lamps are often needed. For example, to replace one 100-watt incandescent bulb you may need two 5-watt or 6-watt led bulbs.
cc June 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Since LED lights don't put out that much heat, what is going to happen when it gets below freezing and the lights don't come on because of the snow and ice built up on them. They installed 300 lights in Anchorage Alaska thinking that they would save money on LED lights but when temps dropped below freezing these lights did not come on, making the whole area pitch black for months. When are temps here drop below freezing, is your company going to come out free of charge and remove the snow and ice off the lights? People complained in Baldwin with them taking out less than 380 lights here and I can hear the Baldwin Borough Building phones ringing off the phone when it gets below freezing and it is pitch black out because non of the lights are working. This was also a question that I had for them when they tried to convince me to put LED lights around my storage units. I want the people that rent units from me to have lights 365 days a year, not just the days that it is over freezing.
Cecelia Moon June 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Good Morning again, It is tough to meet an attack when its not my product I am discussing. BUT My LED does not lose their wattage output over time. Mine are guaranteed to be as bright after 10 years as they are upon install. I am not able to argue the products of another, in this issue or that. But Phillips, is made in China…………….and you get what you pay for. Read the package in Lowes. DailyTech - Philips Wins $10M USD Gov't L-Prize for World's Most ... www.dailytech.com/Philips+Wins...Bulb/article24082.htmCached Feb 27, 2012 – The bulb is assembled in the U.S. from components manufactured in Shenzhen, China with LED chips made in San Jose, Calif. L Prize award ...
Cecelia Moon June 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The Alaska incident you are speaking about happened in 2008 and the LED technology changed in 2009. I researched this incident and was not able to find anything where they experienced any sort of blackout. I found an interview where they were happy and saved 50%-60%. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K460LHLxlAA This is an interview with US Senator and former Anchorage mayor, Mark Begich, one year after the LED lights were installed. They expected 30%-40% savings... They got 50%-60% savings. No mention of a blackout. I would love to see that article that was negative, if you could post it. President Clinton’s: the Clinton climate initiative is currently using the Alaska retrofit as their model for the new for installation of the street lights in LA
Cecelia Moon June 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
You are absolutely CORRECT in 1 thing. LED does not out as much heat as incandescent bulbs and is not the best solution for all lighting. Maybe you could invent some sort of warmer and try to work with the flow instead of against it. I mentioned there is some science behind the entire LED concept.
Cecelia Moon June 26, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I’m sorry to hear that you had and continually have a bad experience in Chinese bulbs purchased over 2 years ago, but things are different now, and like in any business, you have to be careful with whom you trust. We are local and taking care of our community and have no plans to wander off. A drive through salesperson is not always the best option. This is one of our best sellers http://globaltechled.com/images/Guide.pdf
Cecelia Moon June 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Our lights are DLC approved, UL listed for field retrofits (the only one), Lighting facts partner, Rohs, CE. Our credibility is supported by performance data and testing through UL and CUL independent laboratory testing. Our retrofit kits are ARRA compliant and LM79/LM80 tested.
cc June 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Cecelia Moon, where is your company located in Pittsburgh? I found your name linked and A J Barrett's name linked to a company that is registered in GA. So how are we neighbors. I have done enough research on LED lights and found that the cost of what your company and these other fly by night companies are saying are not true, that it is something that you have to really push to sell. For the warehouse and storage unites that I own I'm going to have to put out over 80,000 upfront and it won't be paying me all this money back that you promise for 10 years, and I doubt your company or these other companies are going to be around in 10 years. Don't quit your day job.


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