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December 8, 2012

Washington Boulevard to get lighter

CAMANCHE — The Camanche City council plans to add street lights to brighten Washington Boulevard.

Mid-American Energy Distribution Specialist Sara Robinson met with members of the council Thursday to discuss the placement of additional street lights.

She told the council that some towns place lights every 150 to 200 feet on their main streets.

“My own personal opinion, the brighter the better on that street,” Councilwoman Linda Kramer said. “It’s just that we’re not getting enough light on the main street of town.”

Public Works Director Dave Rickertsen recommended the city add light poles in the middle of each block from Fourth Avenue to 17th Avenue. Between 14th and 16th avenues, Rickertsen wanted to add two light poles each. He pointed out that in this area the blocks are longer. After discussion, the council also felt they should add two lights in the blocks between: Sixth and Seventh avenues; Seventh and Eighth avenues; Eighth and Ninth avenues.

The council decided there would be one between 13th and 14th avenues, three between 14th and 16th avenues, and one to the west of 16th avenue.

The council hopes that changing the alignment of the lights and the wattage of the bulbs will also brighten the road. Kramer suggested they switch from 250-watt bulbs to 400-watt bulbs. The rest of the council agreed with her.

Rickertsen also explained to the council that in many of the intersections, the lights are positioned so they illuminate the avenues, instead of Washington Boulevard. He suggested they swing them toward the main road.

Mayor Ken Fahlbeck agreed that lighting needs to be improved. He added that he has driven down the road several times at night and found there is not enough light.

“I think with what we’ve already went forward with, with the sidewalks, I think it would be a safety issue,” Fahlbeck said.

Councilmen Paul Varner and Gary Kampe asked Robinson if they could stagger the lights to the different sides of the road. This would be decided by Mid-American based on what is easiest. Robinson will work on the lighting design and direction.

“But you know what we’re looking for. We want it to look nice,” Kramer said.

Robinson thought that a 400-watt bulb would be $15, while a 250-watt bulb is $10. Rickertsen felt that the changes in wattage would most likely cost an extra $1,200.

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