City council considering new funding mechanisms for street light replacement
Champlin City Council is changing the way they think about street light replacement. The council met recently to develop a vision and set goals for the year. When they looked at the series of separate formal funds set aside for parks, the Ice Forum, storm sewer and others, they considered the possibility of creating a special fund for street light replacement.
Currently, street lights are funded in two ways. When a developer builds, the new street lights are installed and built into the cost of the project. The only other funding mechanism for street light replacement is through the assessment process.
For example, the city is planning their 2013 street improvement project that include reclaiming and paving, some storm sewer improvements, curb repair and street light replacement. or the area involved in the 2013 street improvement project, the new street lights have a Holophane North Yorkshire pole and a Syracuse luminaire. This lighting style was recently constructed along Gettysburg Avenue, 123rd Avenue and Douglas Drive.
The improvements will affect Oregon Avenue, Nevada Avenue, Louisiana Avenue, Kentucky Avenue, 111th Avenue, 112th Avenue, 112th Circle, 113th Avenue, Kentucky Court and 113th Circle. Under the current policy, individuals within the project area would be assessed at 50 percent of the cost for the street light replacement that would occur during the street improvement project.
In lieu of the current policy, council consensus is to establish a formal fund for street light repair into which funds will be set aside on a regular basis. Administration has also been communicating with area residents who have reviewed the council’s plan and provided feedback.
City Administrator Bret Heitkamp said administration is working on the details identifying a serries of funding options to present to the council. They will present this information at the Monday, March 25 work session following the regular council meeting. The work session is open to the public.
Heitkamp expects the council to formally consider the new policy of establishing a formal fund for street light replacement at the April 8 council meeting.
Contact Mindy Mateuszczyk at [email protected]