Cal City to try out lighting systems from two companies

2013-08-18T23:00:00Z 2013-08-19T00:16:05Z Cal City to try out lighting systems from two companiesGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
August 18, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | Later this month, streetlight systems from two companies will be installed in select areas to give municipal officials a chance to see which system they prefer.

Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones told members of the City Council’s Public Utilities Committee on Thursday that lighting systems by Naperville-based PolyBrite will be set up along one block of 155th Street in the 5th Ward, along with a location on Manistee Street in the 2nd Ward and Paxton Avenue in the 4th Ward.

Streetlight systems by Intex Lighting, of Schaumburg, will be set up along portions of Wentworth Avenue, 154th Place near Burnham Avenue and Clyde Avenue near Sibley Boulevard.

Installation will take place by Aug. 28, and the systems will be in place for three weeks. The committee gave its recommendation to the idea without opposition, although final aldermanic approval for the pilot lighting program is anticipated when the City Council meets again on Thursday.

After that, Jones said, aldermen will be asked to decide which system they’d prefer to have installed as streetlights are replaced and upgraded across all of Calumet City in coming months.

The Intex light systems are induction lights, which are gas discharge lamps. The power to generate light comes from outside the light envelope to the gas inside via electromagnetic fields.

But the PolyBrite light systems are light-emitting diodes, which are meant to be more energy-efficient.

In other business, the council’s Ordinance & Resolution Committee was informed it does not have to react to a Supreme Court ruling that found municipal fees for storm water control to be improper.

Jones told the aldermen they cannot have their own fee, but that the storm water issue is one for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to address.

One issue not addressed by aldermen was a proposed discussion of the future of the River Oaks Shopping Center, which in recent months has lost the Sears and Carson Pirie Scott stores that served as anchors for the retail mall.

Jones said that Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush, who was not present for Thursday’s committee meetings, told him she wanted the issue to be discussed, “in-depth at one of our regular committee meetings in the future.”

That meeting has yet to be scheduled.

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